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. SOURCE 2021 will be a virtual conference. It will take place on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

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 SOURCE 2021, all students will give a 15-minute oral presentation, followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers.

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 presentation at SOURCE. Students and faculty should read the 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 in the appropriate format.

To participate, an abstract of the proposed presentation must be submitted via the abstract submission form. Please follow the abstract submission guidelines included on the form. The submission deadline is Friday, March 26, 2021.