The 2018 LSAMP Spring Symposium and Research Conference was held February 23 - 24 in Lisle, Illinois. The Symposium provides students from the Chicago-land area the opportunity to present STEM research to peers, professional researchers, educators and the public. Poster presenters and oral presenters compete in a judged event, yet the atmosphere of the conference is collaborative and inspirational. DePaul undergraduate students are encouraged to present research or join the group as a volunteer. Past students have found both experiences very valuable. The volunteer experience is likely to motivate a student's research interests. The presentation experience is often the first step in a career in STEM research.