2020 Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS) Goes Virtual

Please note: In alignment with the university’s concerns for the safety of our community in response to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to move the 2020 Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS) to a virtual/online event.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Abstracts due April 8, 2020. If you have already submitted your abstract, you will be contacted by our team on how to make your research presentation available online.



Undergraduate and graduate student scholarly activities are showcased at the annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium. 

All students from both CU Denver and CU Anschutz are eligible to participate in the symposium, which provides the opportunity to present their work to an audience of peers, faculty, family, and visitors. Over 200 student researchers participate in the event each year.

  • The Symposium showcases the research, creative, and other scholarly activities of undergraduates and graduate students
  • All CU Denver and CU Anschutz students are invited to participate
  • Students who are currently enrolled are eligible, as are those students who were enrolled in the previous summer or fall and have since graduated

Applications are due Wednesday, April 8, 2020. You may want to preview the application before submitting.

Presentation Formats

Students may choose to present their scholarly work in many formats including: 

  • Poster presentations
  • Exhibits such as sculpture, photography, models and design 
  • Video, streaming media, web
  • Oral presentations 
  • Performances such as readings, musical composition and monologues

For more information on presenter guidelines, see here.



  • Showcase undergraduate and graduate student research, creative and other scholarly activities
  • Foster professional development through academic excellence
  • Promote collaborative efforts among students and faculty at CU Denver and CU Anschutz
  • Encourage interdisciplinary scholarly activities
  • Celebrate and foster diversity
  • Establish and build connections with the community


Why Participate?

  • Scholarly activity distinguishes scholarly students! Expand your experience beyond the classroom.
  • Develop professionally. Enhance your analytical skills, confidence, creativity, communication skills and more!
  • Enhance your resume. Employers, medical schools and graduate programs seek highly motivated, scholarly candidates!
  • Learn what other scholars are doing on both campuses.
  • Share your work with faculty and peers. It's rewarding!


For more information, please contact Lindsey Hamilton, PhD, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.


See RaCAS in Action