I am delighted to welcome you to not only the 21st Annual UF Undergraduate Research Symposium, but the first ever Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium. This year the event grew to over 400 posters. We are excited to include many of our freshmen Course Based Undergraduate Research Course teams who are also presenting their research. The virtual format challenged the students to not only make their poster, but to also make a short video of their presentation. The chat boxes allow you to ask them questions and to comment on their work. I applaud all the students who met this challenge are ready to interact with you about their research. I also thank all of the faculty research mentors who helped them with this new format.