Developed and hosted in Boulder since 2018, UROP's Sidewalk Symposium invites undergraduates to create and share their research and creative presentations with chalk on campus walkways—all in collaboration with a professional artist.
Call for Student Participants
UROP welcomes undergraduates at any stage of their project timeline to participate in this year's Sidewalk Symposium by creating colorful visual presentations of their projects using nothing but chalk. Applications to participate will be reviewed for compliance with university policy and suitability for the event.
Information about the next Sidewalk Symposium is coming soon! In the meantime, check out The Daily Camera's article on our latest event:
The sign-up form asks students for the following information and sends project mentors email notifications inviting them to review submissions—and contact UROP as needed.
- CU Boulder undergraduates engaged in campus research and creative projects are encouraged to participate.
- Participants must be working (or completed work) under the supervision of a CU Boulder faculty or staff mentor.
- UROP funding is not required to participate.
- Students may participate as a group and should submit the application form once (with all students named).
Event staff will be on-hand from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and participants may choose to create and share their chalk art any time throughout the event. UROP encourages participants to
- Plan ahead by sketching your ideas on paper.
- Start early and allow time to talk with visitors.
- Consider breaking up your time to work around class schedules.
- Recruit friends and mentors to help.
- Keep your design simple if you have limited time.
You may bring your own chalk, but UROP will provide supplies for you. Though we can't guarantee that we'll have enough of the color(s) you intend for your design, we have a wide range of traditional "sidewalk chalk" and soft pastels—and a few blending tools, such as sponges. We also have gloves, hand wipes and other cleaning supplies. Take care of yourself and be sure to bring your own water, sunscreen and other protective gear. It can get hot on the pavement!
Participants are responsible for abiding by the campus chalking policy, which restricts chalking to concrete or asphalt exterior sidewalks that are exposed to natural elements. Chalking must be done by using water-soluble stick-chalk that fades away with the natural elements within a few days. Use of other types of chalk, including but not limited to, spray chalk, chalk paint, chalk markers, and other forms of liquid or powered chalk is not permitted.
Rain or Inclement Weather
In the event of rain or inclement weather, activities be relocated to the “rain location” noted here. Participants will be provided with sheets of “felt roof underlayment,” which simulates the texture of pavement.
Students will be joined by professional chalk artist Kyle Banister, who willl provide assistance throughout the event. Kyle makes his living as an artist, creating work across the country, and currently serves on the Artists Committee for the Denver Chalk Art Festival. His work for the Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos and Denver Center for the Performing Arts has been featured in Denver for years. We're grateful for Kyle's continued collaboration and his many contributions to the development of this event.
Participation has many benefits for students, and we discover more as they take the form in new and inspiring directions. We highlight a few here and encourage students to reflect as they get creative!
Campus departments, programs, centers and other communities can benefit from adapting the format to their purposes. We highlight a few here and invite you to connect with us as you experiment!