Project Guidelines


Each MURALS participant will complete three mandatory items:

  • Submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract, or summary of your scholarly work, no later than March 5, 2023 (this is how you register for MURALS)
  • Create a professional poster that describes your research or scholarly work (due March 25, 2023)
  • Assemble a 5-7 minute oral presentation to be presented live on March 31, 2023 (we will send you the schedule and links at least one week prior to MURALS)


  • MURALS Workshops Calendar
  • Abstract due date: Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 11:59 pm
  • Poster due date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 by 11:59p
  • Oral Presentation uploaded by March 29th 
  • Day of MURALS (research symposium/oral presentation day): Friday, March 31, 2023


Each MURALS participant will submit their research or scholarly work under one category. The category for your work must be denoted upon submitting your abstract. There are four categories to choose from: creative arts, STEM, social sciences/humanities and service learning and leadership. Please use the category descriptions below to guide you on which category to submit your project under.

Creative Arts

Audio and/or visual art pieces, performing art, creative writing, poetry, visual media projects, etc.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Real or faux programs, initiatives, business propositions, start-ups, etc.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Science, statistical projects, information systems research, entrepreneurship, accounting and finance projects, engineering projects, etc.

Service Learning Leadership Projects

Study abroad and alternative summer break projects, student organization projects, etc.

Social Science/Humanities

Historic research, economic projects, language and cultural research, pedagogical studies, entrepreneurship, etc.


Awards will be given out at the end of the symposium on March 31, 2023. Each award also comes with a cash prize!

Each category has its own first place, second place and rising star award. There is an overall MURALS award that is the top award across all categories. There is also an enhancer award known as the Social Justice & Inclusion Enhancer Award. To be considered for this enhancer award, the student’s project must examine inequitable conditions and structures that marginalize people and/or the impact of oppression and marginalization in our lived experience and/or social identity in a participatory manner. An enhancer is an additive award that can be applied to any submission within any category.