As CU Boulder celebrates Research & Innovation Week, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) invites the campus community to explore the pioneering work of its students while re-thinking the traditional research poster in this year’s Sidewalk Symposium—a radically unique event format developed in Boulder.

Mark Your Calendar


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Norlin Library West Entrance Plaza/Quad

Rain Location: Rec Center Lower Gym

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.

Students 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.

Apply to Participate 

Deadline Extended to 11:59 pm, Sunday, Oct. 6


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 out last year's UROP Sidewalk Symposium.