Valpo’s Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) is an annual conference that allows undergraduate students to present their research projects, scholarly work, or creative activities in a poster format or as oral presentations. Formerly known as the Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship, SOURCE began in 1998 as an idea from an interdisciplinary group of faculty who had attended national meetings on the role of undergraduate research in the college experience. Students from all disciplines are strongly encouraged to become involved in research and creative endeavors and present their work at the annual SOURCE.

One of the many joys of completing a research project or creative endeavor is to share the results with others. In a typical year, the Valpo SOURCE brings together over 150 students and 45 faculty sponsors to share their research experiences with the campus and local community. At the conference, all students present their work in a poster or oral presentation format.

Students who have worked on class projects, senior projects and theses, or independent scholarship are encouraged to participate. Projects completed or near completion in the fall term are excellent choices for presentation at SOURCE. Spring term projects are also welcome provided they are close to completion.

All faculty-sponsored projects are accepted for a poster or oral presentation at SOURCE. Students and faculty should read the Poster Presentations Guidelines or Oral Presentation Guidelines on this site for guidance on the development of their presentations. Faculty sponsors should also provide guidance and support for their students, both in developing the original research and in transmitting that research to a poster or oral format.

To participate, an abstract of the proposed poster or oral presentation must be submitted via the Abstract Online Submission Form on this website. Please follow the abstract submission guidelines included on the form.