Exploring new ideas, making big discoveries and shining bright.

Undergraduate and graduate students can present projects related to research, scholarship, internships, and/or service learning. Clubs and other student groups can also do presentations or set up tables and have demonstrations.

The conference is a great opportunity for students to share their hard work with others across campus and inspire others! Right now the plan is to be face-to-face for spring, but that will be re-evaluated as spring approaches. Keep an eye out for the call for papers to come later this semester. 

Save the Date: April 11-12, 2022

Project Categories


Poster or oral presentations on a research or scholarly project.

Volunteer/Internship Experiences

Poster or oral presentations on a discipline-related volunteer, work, or internship experience (e.g., cooperative education, practicum, service learning, study abroad).

Club Activities

Student clubs or groups may propose discipline-related activities (e.g., historical re-enactments, project demonstrations, informational workshops) for poster, oral, table, or other types of presentations/engagement.

Creative Performances

Individuals or groups of students may do various creative performances, exhibits, or demonstrations (e.g., music, art, improv, dance)

2021 Conference


The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Graduate College were proud to host the first ever virtual conference in spring 2021! We are proud of the students who shared their creative scholarship, community engagement experiences, and new ideas with the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The challenges of the pandemic did not stop our faculty from mentoring and encouraging students to take their passion and engage in new experiences. Even with the uncertainty of the past year+, our students are finding solutions to real-world problems. Together, our students and faculty are motivating change and driving action.

We are continually inspired by the research and engagement of our undergraduate and graduate students, and know you will be too.

Welcome to the INSPIRE Conference.

Brenda Bass, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Jennifer J. Waldron, Ph.D. 
AVP of Research & Innovation / Dean, Graduate College

Click each presentation type below to view 2021 agenda and presentations.