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Welcome to the Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum

CSURF is a collaborative venture designed to highlight the research and creative works of undergraduates from Pikes Peak State College, Colorado College, the United States Air Force Academy, and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS).  Each year the conference rotates between these institutions. UCCS will host the 20th Annual CSURF on April 27, 2024!

The College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (LAS) at UCCS developed this research forum in 2003 and has continued to foster and cultivate the collaboration between the four institutions and their undergraduate students.  

The Dean and faculty of LAS are honored to include the CSURF program as part of the Peak Learning Experiences program - designed to provide experiential learning opportunities for every student, in every major of our college.


Book of Abstracts and Schedule 

View the Book of Abstracts HERE

View the Schedule of Events HERE

Presenter registration is now closed.

If you are session chair or guest, please follow this link to register.

Why Should you Participate?

Check out this short video on the registration process and why this event is such a great opportunity! CSURF is also featured in the recent issue of the Scribe. Read the article here!


CSURF 2024 Coming April 27, 2024

This year's CSURF will be held at UCCS on Saturday April 27th. Say tuned here for information on how to register to attend or present at CSURF 2024! 


CSURF Committee



Keynote Address at 11:45am

Jessi L. Smith, PhD (She/her) 

Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Research Integrity Officer, and Professor of Psychology

Jessi Smith


Jessi L. Smith is a Professor of Psychology and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Dr. Smith’s research specializes in social psychological aspects of gender and culture that advance the success of marginalized and minoritized people within the spaces they learn, work, and live. By the numbers, she has over 70 peer reviewed publications and one book to her credit. She also has over $10 million in external funding from the NIH and NSF. Her funded work includes longitudinal analyses of Native American and Latino student experiences in STEM; cross-sectional analyses of women’s motivation for STEM; and experimental interventions designed to change situations to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. She served as Director and Primary Investigator of the NSF funded ADVANCE IT Project TRACS at Montana State University, which broadened the participation of women faculty in STEM and behavioral science fields, including enhancing research opportunity and capacity for the entire campus community. She currently serves as the PI on the ADVANCE Adaption Grant called Project CREST, which adapts evidence-based practices to create sustainable equity within the research culture at UCCS.

Representative Publications:

Smith, J. L., Handley, I.M., Rushing, S., Belou, R., *Kambich, L., Skewes, M. C., Shanahan, E.A., Honea, J., Intemann, K. (2018). Added Benefits:  How Supporting Women Faculty in STEM Improves Everyone’s Job Satisfaction. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 11(4), 502-517.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000066

Thoman, D.B., Muragishi, G.A., & Smith, J.L. (2017) Research microcultures as socialization contexts for underrepresented science students. Psychological Science, 28, 760-773. doi: 10.1177/0956797617694865

Allen, J., Smith, J. L., Thoman, D. B. & Walters, R. (2018). A Fluctuating Team Science: Perceiving Science as Collaborative Improves Science Students’ Motivation. Motivation Science, Motivation Science, 4(4), 347-361. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/mot0000099


UCCS will host the 20th Annual Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum on Saturday, April 27, 2024.  Stay tuned for more information on registration, events, tours, etc.