The Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) is an annual event that showcases research and creative activities across all disciplines by currently enrolled undergraduate students in collaboration with a University of Tennessee, Knoxville or UTIA faculty mentor.
Entries can be individual or group projects and are judged by a panel of UT faculty members and industry partners. There is an additional category for projects, either individual or group, conducted as part of a classroom assignment, including capstone projects (if capstone projects are not considered research in your department/college). Read more about classroom projects here.
EURēCA and Research Compliance
All projects must be consistent with applicable compliance rules. Students who conduct research involving people or people data must submit their projects for IRB approval and have received IRB approval prior to exhibiting at the EURēCA event.
Classroom projects may be displayed at EURēCA and will be subject to acceptance by your college representative. If the project was conducted for class only and not to contribute to the generalizable knowledge of their discipline, students may present the results of their classroom projects as part of their final assignment and must denote in the abstract this is a classroom project or capstone project. In this capacity EURēCA is acting as an extension of the classroom activity. These projects will be categorized separately at the event (Research vs. Classroom/Capstone Projects).
Classroom Projects & Human Subjects Research
If you would like to enter your classroom project in the research category and the classroom project involved the collection of information from or about people, the faculty member or the student(s) will need to apply to convert their classroom activity to research through application to the IRB for ‘materials and data collected for non-research purposes’ prior to display at EURēCA. This process averages 2-3 weeks (but can vary depending on your active engagement/collaboration and responses back to the IRB) and requires the Principal Investigator (PI) and collaborators to complete CITI training. (An undergraduate student may serve as a PI.) If there is a question as to whether your classroom project would need the additional approval, please contact the IRB at http://irb.utk.edu/.
- Poster printing size recommendations are 36″ x 42″. Digital files should be in PDF format no larger than 10 MB.
- Illustrations (diagrams, photographs, figures, etc.) should be sized and lettered to be legible from a distance of three feet. Illustrations should be simple, colorful, well labeled, and neat.
- You may not post your printed research paper in lieu of a poster.
- Optional poster templates are available from the Undergraduate Research site as a powerpoint download.
Some disciplines allow for non-poster exhibits to be entered into EURēCA. If your submission will be for a non-poster exhibit, please include your requested space dimensions in your application and include any additional requests regarding lighting, electricity, tables, etc… (pertains to in-person events only).
Students will be judged on a 0-25 point scale for learning outcomes and indicators.
Students: Judging criteria can be viewed HERE for presentation preparation.
Judges: You can view the 2022 Rubric here for reference.
An Awards Ceremony is held following the competition, where College Awards and URF Awards are given to the top scoring posters by division.
We are excited to use the Symposium by ForagerOne platform to showcase your research! Our campus community will be able to visit EUReCA, view your research and presentations, and even leave comments and questions throughout the week, just as they might if the event were held in person.
Note: The Symposium submission form will require presenters to sign in (or sign up) with their utk email. If you are in a group presentation, as the lead student, you are responsible for ensuring your group’s submission is entered by the deadline.