General Questions

The Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum (CSURF) is held in conjunction with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the United States Air Force Academy and Colorado College. The event gives undergraduate students from all three institutions the opportunity to present their research and creative work in a formal academic setting and receive feedback from scholars and peers across the disciplines. The CSURF also helps students polish the skills involved in formal academic presentations, job interviews, or continuing education through graduate/professional study.

Save the Date for CSURF 2019 - Saturday, April 6, 2019 - hosted by the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

  • CC campus contact for the 2018 CSURF:
  • USAFA campus contact for the 2018 CSURF: 
  • UCCS campus contact for the 2018 CSURF:
    • Margie Oldham, Director of Community Relations College of LAS
    • Phone:(719) 255-4552 - Fax:(719) 255-4200
    • Email:

Students who choose to participate in a poster session will be required to create a full-size (36 inches high x 48 inches wide) poster detailing their research. Posters will be placed in an open forum for roughly 1 hour during the event (typically there are 2-3 separate poster sessions during the Forum). During the hour long time slot, students will stand next to their poster and answer questions from other students and faculty members in attendance.  Upon check-in, poster presenters will receive their poster easel assignment number.

Ignite talks are a fast-paced talk format that is becoming popular around the world in academic and general public settings (see  The rapid presentation style allows for "speed-geeking", where viewers can watch many presentations in a short period of time.  Presenters have 20 slides that advance every 15 seconds, for a total of 5 minutes.  Slides are mostly images.  This kind of talk is great practice for sharing your work with a broad audience.  This type of talk also requires even more preparation than a traditional talk, and you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the coaching offered at your school.  Ignite sessions may include talks from a variety of different disciplines, such as a chemistry talk followed by an art history talk followed by a feminist and gender studies talk.

Some works in the visual and performing arts and other fields (such as 3-D science projects and live technology demos) are best presented in this session type.  Select one of three sub-types: easel display, table display, or performance venue.  Please note that slots are limited and will have certain restrictions.  You will be required to submit a Visual, Performing, and Special Spaces form

Academic conferences are increasingly encouraging participants to organize interactive sessions around a theme, sometimes called a “colloquium” or a “symposium”.  For example, one such format has three presenters talk for 7 minutes each on research related to a common theme, such as the environment.  Then, presenters and the audience engage in a discussion, led by a discussion leader who has prepared in advance.  These are great sessions for interdisciplinary topics as well as languages. 

To submit a themed session, find a set of participants and propose the theme and specific format.  To maximize your chance of success, we suggest that themed sessions include presenters from at least two of the participating schools, a designated discussion leader (preferably from a third school), and a faculty advisor who will help guide the discussion leader’s preparation.  All participants must register by the registration deadline.  You will be required to submit aThemed Interactive form.

If you do not see a session type that will be a suitable presentation of your work, please propose a session type that would fit.  Proposed sessions must be submitted by March 5, one month before general registration closes.  You will be required to submit a Propose a Session form.