One of CURB’s key events is the annual Fall Forum. Hundreds of undergraduates from all majors and disciplines have presented their hard work for over 25 years in undergraduate forums. In addition, keynote speakers including Bill Nye (College of Engineering, 1977) have addressed the research and Cornell communities with words of advice to help guide students on their paths to the future.

This event gives undergraduate students in all fields the opportunity to share their findings and results with the Cornell community in a poster competition. By hosting the Fall Forum, one of Cornell’s largest undergraduate research colloquium, we hope to stress the importance of undergraduate research and give our student presenters the opportunity to gain valuable feedback on their work, practice their science communication skills, and make an impact on other undergraduates who may be wondering whether they should join Cornell’s research community too.

Due to COVID-19, this year's Fall Forum will be held virtually across a few days. We will have two speaker panels: the Humanities Minisymposium and the Sciences Minisymposium on October 28th and October 31st, respectively. Moreover, we will have two poster sessions on October 29th and October 31st. Poster session presenter information will be posted here as well. The abstract booklet includes all presenters, their projects, and the Zoom links for each one. 

Fall Forum 2020 Schedule

Fall Forum 2020 Keynote Speakers

If you missed the Humanities and Sciences Minisymposiums, don't worry because we recorded it and posted all the presentations on our YouTube page. Click Here to check it out! 

Poster Session Information

This year we have a wide range of students presenting at Fall Forum, and all their information can be found in the Abstract Booklet linked below. Please note that the booklet includes all presenters, their projects, and the Zoom links for each one, so to access the presentations, you must go through this booklet.  


Best in Category: Life Sciences

Stephanie Deng

Philip Martinez

Olivia Miller

Hannah Rosenthal


Best in Category: Applied Research

Cecelia Thieberger


Best in Category: Humanities
Samuel Zverev
CL Xuan
Treasure Nwokeleme

Best in Category: Design and Engineering

Sohum Kulkarni

Creative Presentation
Olivia Miller
Emily Hurwitz




Exceptional Explanation
Nick Cicero
Dhana Llivichuzhca-Loja

Fall Forum 2019


Applied Sciences: Justine Shih, CALS ’20, “Tensile Stress and Environmental Effects on Valve Interstitial Cells”


Biological Sciences (1): Brian Lee, CALS ’20, “Binding to Different Epitopes of CD20 Differentially Sensities DLBCL to Different Classes of Chemotherapy”


Biological Sciences (2): Matthew Guo, A&S ’19, “Elucidating the checkpoint Signaling Functions of the RAD9A Mammalian DNA Damage Response Protein”


Humanities and Social Sciences: Sarah Coupal, HumEc ’22, “Feasibility and Acceptability of Video-Dining in Community-Dwelling Older Adults”

Previous Keynote Speakers

Ryan T. Lombardi - Fall Forum 2019

Dr. Ryan Lombardi serves as the Vice President for Student and Campus Life at Cornell University. Ryan received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from West Chester University, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. 


Roald Hoffmann - Fall Forum 2018

Hoffmann received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981 for his theories concerning the course of chemical reactions. He has also received the National Medal of Science and several awards from the American Chemical Society, including the Priestley Medal, the Arthur C. Cope Award in Organic Chemistry, and the Award in Inorganic Chemistry. He holds more than 25 honorary degrees.

Bruce Monger - Fall Forum 2017

Dr. Monger received his B.A. degree from University of Washington and a Ph.D. from University of Hawaii. Monger uses satellite remote sensing methods to study environmental controls of oceans, and teaches a world-renowned training program for ocean remote sensing. He is also CURB's faculty advisor. 

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