Undergraduate Research Symposium

Take part in Utrecht University’s Undergraduate Research Symposium 2022!

The Janskerkhof building at Utrecht University

The Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) allows students to gain experience in an academic conference environment, to present their papers to a wider audience and to make their ideas public. All undergraduate students at Utrecht’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (LEG, or in Dutch: REBO) who have written a research paper are invited to apply. This way, the symposium does not only provide a platform for students from different disciplines to discuss their thrilling research topics, but also encourages interdisciplinary discourse. This year, if regulations allow, the event will take place on June 30th, 2022. The best three papers will receive a price and a selection of papers will be published in the special URS edition by PublicNote.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a great opportunity for students to become better researchers. During its process you pitch your thesis to a group of motivated students and a board of examiners. This gives you the opportunity to take another critical look at your work, to learn from the work of others, and to show your work to more than only your thesis supervisor. All in all, I learned a lot. To be nominated for such an award is incredible and it is with pride that I can look back at my thesis and say that my thesis won the prize for best paper Utrecht University’s Undergraduate Research Symposium 2020.

The URS is a great opportunity for students to learn from bright peers from across the REBO faculty in a highly supportive and inspirational environment.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium was an excellent opportunity to showcase my research skills and interact with a community of passionate students and experienced researchers. Winning the second prize for my proposal on the subject of ethnic nationalism showed me that I could provide value through research and inspired me to pursue further academic endeavors.


The Vice-Dean for Education (REBO), Elaine Mak, will make the keynote address, and after 2 years of Covid, this will be the first live URS.

The URS offers bachelor students first-hand experience of what an academic conference really feels like. Its goal is to spark further interest in careers with research and to connect students and faculty members involved in all bachelor programmes at our faculty

Funded by the Utrecht Education Incentive, Public Note and Instituties voor Open Samenlevingen

The Executive Board of Utrecht University awards two million euros annually to projects for innovating education through the Utrecht Education Incentive Fund (Utrechts Stimuleringsfonds Onderwijs, USO). The URS was one of the projects that received funding in 2019-2020. The funding is distributed through the faculties or at the university level. The Utrecht Education Incentive Fund was founded to improve the professionalisation of lecturers and to encourage education innovations.
Lecturers at Utrecht University nominate projects in the fields of (digital) didactics & testing, activated learning, matching & selection, honours programmes and the Master's graduate studies. Accepted projects are carried out by the lecturers themselves.

Instituties voor Open Samenlevingen (IOS) bundles expertise from various fields such as economics, history, public administration, culture, law, sociology, social psychology, language and communication, ethics, innovation studies, and geography in order to join forces to contribute to the development of open and resilient societies around the globe. This is of great importance in order to respect human rights, as well as for a society’s ability to absorb shocks and to generate sustainable prosperity. IOS is financial sponsoring the URS 2021-2022. For more information on IOS see uu.nl/en/research/institutions-for-open-societies/about-ios.

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