Published: Sept. 30, 2019

UROP Sidewalk Symposium

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Norlin Quad (Rain: Rec Center Lower Gym)

Registration required by Oct. 4 – NEXT FRIDAY


Call for Student Presenters


UROP seeks undergraduates of all majors, who have been working with CU Boulder faculty on research, scholarly and creative projects, to participate in the "Sidewalk Symposium" by creating colorful visual presentations of their projects (complete or in progress) using nothing but chalk drawn on the sidewalks around the Norlin Quad.


Undergraduates of all backgrounds and experience-levels are invited to apply using the form linked below. Those selected will need to be available for at least a two-hour time window (of their choosing) between 1 and 5 p.m. on October 16 to chalk “posters” on the sidewalk and share their work with those passing by.   UROP will supply plenty of colorful chalk.


Students will be joined by expert chalk artist Kyle Banister, who will host a workshop and provide on-site assistance throughout the event.  Kyle makes his living as a skilled chalk art artist and currently serves on the Artists Committee for the Denver Chalk Art Festival.  Erica Ursich, CU Boulder undergraduate EBIO major and previous participant, will also provide on-site assistance throughout the afternoon.


Apply to Participate by Friday, Oct. 4


Get creative and consider including


  • questions your project seeks to answer or raise
  • thought-provoking or troubling facts, statistics, etc.
  • interesting or surprising outcomes, conclusions, etc.
  • diagrams of methods, relevant processes, etc.
  • illustrations of biological or chemical structures
  • drawings of mechanical components and designs
  • excerpts (quotations) from qualitative survey data
  • titles of creative or performance pieces
  • historical timelines or the names of important figures
  • graphs, charts or tables of significant data
  • mathematical formulas, relevant theorems, etc.
  • problems your project aims to address


Check last year’s Sidewalk Symposium to learn more about this unique event format.