The mission of the Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research (UCUR), www.ucur.org, is to promote undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity, done with the mentorship of a faculty member or others, through an annual conference. Undergraduate research has been demonstrated as one of the truly high-impact educational practices. Student presentations are welcome in all fields and disciplines from the creative and performing arts to biomedical, engineering, and social science research.

Applications from undergraduate students in all disciplines are invited to present in oral sessions, posters, artistic performances and visual art exhibits. Faculty mentors are invited and encouraged to attend. 

Students are strongly encouraged to work with the UVU Office of Academic Research Support (OARS). The mission of OARS is to provide consultation and assistance to support and facilitate faculty and student research and scholarship. Please contact OARS staff at 801-863-7520 or oars@uvu.edu. For additional information, please go to www.uvu.edu/oars/.

The Office of Engaged Learning has limited funding available for the conference registration fee. Abstracts and the necessary application form must be submitted by the application deadline. If your abstract is approved for funding, you will be notified via email.

Utah Valley University

February 17, 2017

October 31, 2016: Abstract due to UCUR

Application Instructions:

The 2017 Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) is on February 17, 2017, at Utah Valley University. Abstract submissions are due October 31, 2016
UCUR submission instructions are available at http://ucur.org/upcoming-ucur.php. Click on "Submission & Registration" to apply.
Students do not apply separately to UVU to present at UCUR 2017.  Abstracts submitted to the ucur.org site by October 31 will be reviewed, and those approved by the Scholarly and Creative Activities Council may receive funding to cover the UCUR registration fee.

Tips on preparing your abstract:

Abstracts should:

  • State, in clear terms, the central research question and the purpose of the research. Provide a brief discussion of the research methodology.
  • State conclusions, either final or anticipated.
  • Be well organized.
  • Needs to be at least 250-300 words but should not go over 450 words.
  • All abstracts will undergo a rigorous review by a panel of faculty reviewers. Abstract reviewers will evaluate submissions based on the criteria listed below and will assess overall merit within the context of the specific academic discipline.

Review and funding of undergraduate scholarly projects take into account the following criteria:

  • The abstract has clearly stated objectives and outcomes that can be readily evaluated.

    The project includes a product that significantly contributes to scholarship or creative work within its discipline. Higher priority will be given to products subject to some aspect of professional peer review extending beyond the confines of the UVU campus.

    The abstract is well written and organized, offering background and context to show how the project fits into the overall discipline in a meaningful and novel way.

    The project requires rigorous effort at the advanced undergraduate level.