The first annual UBRP Conference was held in January 1989 and forty posters were presented. Dr. Sam Ward gave the keynote address. Since then there have been 23 annual conferences and in recent years nearly 100 posters are presented. Starting in 1999, the Conference has been promoted by a poster. A competition is held each summer, soliciting images for the conference poster. Images have been contributed by UBRP students, UBRP alumni, faculty mentors, parents of UBRP students, and post-docs affiliated with the program. Each one is unique!
Any student whose mentor agrees is welcome to present at the UBRP Conference. Over the years, students from local high schools, and students from other colleges who have worked with UA scientists have presented, along with UBRP students. Keynote speakers have included scientists from UA and elsewhere, UBRP alumni, and UA administrators. Since 1999 the UBRP Conference proceedings, along with photos from the event, have been posted to the web.
All UBRP students are expected to share their experimental results at the Conference which is open to the public. Students are encouraged to invite the members of their research groups, family and friends, and their legislators. The Conference is free and open to all. Frequently local high school students and undergraduates interested in research experiences come. Many students subsequently present their work at off campus scientific conferences such as the annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Biophysical Society Meeting, and others.