Welcome to the 2024 Undergraduate Research and Fine Arts (URFA) Conference home page!

URFA, formally known as the Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conference, is an opportunity for all undergraduate students of Augusta University to showcase their scholarly and artistic endeavors. The conference is jointly sponsored by CURS, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and the Summerville Interdisciplinary Research Office. 

Keep scrolling for information and FAQs about URFA 2024. Click here to see information from the URFA 2023 conference. The Conference schedules and agenda will be posted after abstracts are reviewed in February.


Contact Us

Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS)

Summerville Campus

Allgood Hall



24th Annual URFA Conference: Wednesday, April 3, 2024

The abstract submission deadline has now passed. We are currently in the review phase of the submissions. We anticipate to contact all primary authors with decisions at the beginning of March.

Presentation Types (See guidelines below for more information. )

  • Poster Session 
  • Oral Presentation**
  • Visual Arts Showcase 
  • Performance Showcase 
  • 4x4 Showdown 


**New this Year**  Faculty mentors or students interested in proposing a full session (4 oral presentations) on a specific topic should contact CURS directly.

Note extended deadline above.


Abstract template document (needed for proposal)

Here are examples of well written and appropriate abstracts. Please reference these examples when writing your abstract for URFA. 


Faculty: Please consider incorporating URFA into your Spring 2024 courses! Students are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the conference. CURS can provide attendance if requested. Sample assignments to use in your class are at the bottom of this page. If you have questions about the conference, please contact curs@augusta.edu.  


Guidelines for Presenters

The conference will allow several platforms for research, creative, and scholarly works.  Please select the type of presentation(s) in which you wish to be considered.  Students may request to participate in multiple sessions as long as the scholarship is different for each one.  There is no limit to the number of submissions, however, each submission must be unique. For example, you may present your Criminal Justice research on a poster and also request to participate in a piano performance. Based upon space or time constraints, authors may be asked to modify presentation type well in advance of the conference.


Mentor & Presenter Guidance

Mentors are expected to review all student oral and poster presentations and approve data for public presentation. Judging occurs for award purposes only. Feedback will not be provided to student presenters.

URFA Oral Paper Judging Rubric URFA Poster Judging RubricURFA 4x4 Judging Rubric

Poster session (judged for awards & cash prize)

Create a poster that can be viewed by an interdisciplinary audience and prepare to discuss your poster to visitors during your assigned browsing session.  All student authors should be present at this time and prepared to discuss the project and answer questions.  Judges will evaluate your poster, knowledge of the subject matter, delivery, and ability to answer questions.  Evaluation rubrics will be provided to authors prior to the conference. **Posters can be no larger than 32x36 inches.**

Oral presentation (judged for awards & cash prize)

Oral presentations will be assigned a room and block of time to be present.  All presenters should plan to be in the room for the entirety of the assigned session.  Each presenter will be given 12 minutes, plus 3 minutes for Q/A.  Students may use PowerPoint or other visual aids if desired.  Judges will evaluate the talk, knowledge of the subject matter, delivery, and ability to answer questions.  Evaluation rubrics will be provided to authors prior to the conference.

Visual Arts Showcase (not judged)

Students may showcase forms of art such as digital arts, paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media, textiles, and more to represent your art.  All exhibitors are required to be present during the assigned session.  Student artists should be prepared and available to explain their process and methods to viewers at the showing.

Performance Arts Showcase (not judged)

Students will prepare a 15 minute presentation including an introduction (up to approximately 3 minutes).   This session may include (but not limited to) vocal, instrumentation, theater, or dance performances.

4x4 Showdown (judged for awards & cash prize)

This presentation engages students to effectively explain their research (to an interdisciplinary audience) within 4 minutes utilizing 4 slides. Students should use no more than 20 printed words on the 4 slides.  Moderators will time the presentations and the 4-minute limit will be enforced.

4x4 Showdown



Printing Options:
Poster Printing: Center for Instruction and Innovation (on Summerville campus)
Poster Printing: Copy & Print Services (on Health Sciences campus)
Class Attendance Assignments:

Faculty may download and use these mini assignments for classes attending the conference. Feel free to use or modify questions to fit the objectives of your course. If you add questions or assignments, please share with CURS!

Mini Assignments for Classes