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Posters on the Hill

Call for 2021 Nominations for Student Representatives from UT

Open for submissions.  Submit your abstract by January 22, 2021!

The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking nominations for undergraduates to share their university research/scholarly experiences with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. for Posters on the Hill in spring 2021.

Posters on the Hill Dates & More


POH 2021 will take place virtually April 27-28, 2021. Here is all that you need to know in order to submit your abstracts and become a part of the event:

  • Dates You Need to Know
    • January 22, 2021Submission deadline
      • Review the information needed to complete your submission.
    • January 25, 2021Sign up to review abstracts
    • March 15, 2021 – Notifications of acceptance sent and registration open
    • April 19, 2021 – Deadline to register
    • April 27 – 28, 2021 – Event takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday

Virtual POH 2021 will be a little different this year, but will still include the critical elements of a traditional POH signature event. This year, registration fees will be $99 and will include:

  • A pubic landing page that showcases all the accepted students
  • A public feature page for each student including information such as a photo, a bio, information on the research project, and a brief video provided by the student. This would be archived for a year
  • A custom social media kit for use in inviting people to view your page and announce your achievement
  • Social media engagement and marketing efforts by the Council on Undergraduate Research to showcase the recognition leading up to and during the event week
  • A few informal live “Meet the Researcher” sessions during the event week
  • Advocacy training opportunities in advance of the event week

Make sure to submit your abstract, volunteer to be a reviewer, or share this opportunity with those you think would be interested. If you have additional questions, please reach out to

Hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, the event showcases 60 undergraduate students from campuses across the United States.

We are seeking undergraduates from all disciplines who have been significantly involved in the research enterprise of the university either with their own project or through meaningful involvement with an ongoing faculty project. To qualify for participation in this event, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be full-time undergraduates at UTK during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Research projects must represent a significant investment of time by the student outside of normal course requirements and class projects.
  • Research projects must follow the methodology of the appropriate academic discipline.
  • The research project must be of sufficient quality to be presented at a professional academic meeting.


If selected by CUR to represent UT at an in-person event, the student(s) will receive:

  • Transportation to and from Washington, D.C. for the event
  • Hotel and meals
  • Meetings with congressional representatives during the event
  • Tour of the capitol
  • Press release to their local paper
  • Two training sessions (poster presentation skills and legislative affairs)

Letters explaining the student’s absence from class for the event will be sent to appropriate instructors upon request.

Faculty nominators are encouraged to request the assistance of their nominee in completing the nomination form. For additional information or questions, please contact Susan Troop ( in the Office of Undergraduate Research (974-8560,  Melrose Hall, 1616 Melrose Ave.).

The Office of Undergraduate Research is available to assist with your submission for this prestigious event. Contact our office to set-up an appointment.

Submit your abstract by January 22, 2021