A student presenting behind a podium at SUURA

Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association Conference

Friday, May 14, 2021

SUURA is an annual celebration of student research. Undergraduate students in all fields of study are eligible to submit and present their research. Students may be nominated by their faculty to present, may be asked to present as part of their major requirements, or may self-select to present individually or in research pairs or groups.


This year, all presentations will be conducted virtually via Canvas in order to accommodate COVID-19 social distancing.  


Student researcher presenters will each have their own dedicated Canvas page to disseminate their projects and findings in the manner they feel is most appropriate. Canvas pages will be available for viewing beginning Wednesday, May 12th through conference day Friday, May 14th.

Online student presentations may take the form of one or both of the following:

  • Recorded Oral Presentation: An in-depth, pre-recorded 10-25 minute oral presentation on your research project and major findings. You may use visual aids (e.g., PowerPoint slides) or supplemental media to assist participants as they listen to you present your oral presentation.
  • Written/Poster Presentation: A visual presentation of your research, which may include a single visual summary (e.g., poster), or multiple visual aids (e.g., poster panels, images, or slide deck). You are encouraged to include a brief (~5-10 minute), pre-recorded video summarizing your work to assist participants as they read through your written presentation.

Each student research presenter Canvas page will include a Discussion Board to facilitate dialogue between the presenter and meeting participants. Presenters are asked to be available for online discussion with interested participants, either from 9:30 am-12 noon or 12 noon-2:30 pm, the day of the conference.

Academic departments will have the opportunity to host synchronous Zoom round table discussions and receptions, beginning at 2:30 pm, the day of the conference. The intent is to provide a community space for continued dialogue and acknowledgment of their student researchers and their work. (The use and format of these Zoom sessions will be at the discretion of each department.)

SUURA 2021 Registration & Online Participation Information

Sample Abstracts


All presentations at SUURA must have a 100-250 word abstract that explains what your research is about, what method(s) you used to discover your findings, and how your research contributes to the larger discussion of your researched area. Use the three sample abstracts from past SUURA contributors below as a reference for writing your own abstract.

Sample for Science and Engineering (Mathematics)

"Enumerating Minimal Length Lattice Walks"

Given a finite set of integer vectors, S, we consider the set of all lattice walks comprised as ordered sequences of steps whose directions come from S. We further restrict our attention to walks of minimal length, meaning they cannot be shortened through some linear combination of allowable steps from S. We consider the problem of counting the number of such minimal walks terminating at a fixed point (a, b) for various choices of the set S.


Sample for Humanities (English)

"Female Autonomy: Redefining the ‘Merry’ Wife"

This paper will investigate the function of the contrast between the two married couples in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and how it reveals a larger commentary on growing female autonomy in Early Modern England. There has been much scholarly debate over which marriage is superior; this paper will contribute to this discussion by showing that neither marriage is superior. Instead, this paper will argue that the two couples operate as foils of each other, allowing them to simultaneously critique each other. I will support this argument by highlighting the historical evidence regarding the growth of female autonomy. This literary and historical will illustrate how the play argues that female autonomy is not only inevitable, but also beneficial.

Sample for Social Science (Psychology) 

"Social Support as a Moderator for Stereotype Threat's Effects on Working Memory"

The current study examined the relationship between stereotype threat, working memory, social support and, and race of undergraduate college students. A total of 147 participants completed surveys assessing demographic variables, perceived social support, and working memory ability after being randomly administered instructions that either elicited a stereotype threat or neutral condition. A stereotype threat and race interaction did not significantly impact working memory. However greater perceived social support was correlated with higher scores on the working memory test. The findings are inconsistent with previous research, implicating the need to consider the impact of geopolitical variables on stereotype threat’s effects on ethnic minority college students.