UCUR

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. 

The Office of Engaged Learning has limited funding available for student registration and travel costs whose proposals are submitted and accepted by the Scholarly and Creative Activities Council. 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.

Dixie State University

February 27, 2015

October 17, 2014: Application & abstract due to UVU

Application Instructions

1.  Click here to apply for UCUR. You will be transported to OrgSync, where you will create a membership login.

2.  Click on "Signup" and complete membership.

3.  Logon to OrgSync with username and password.

4.  Locate Office of Engaged Learning page and click on "Join Now."

5.  Click on "Forms."

6. Select "Utah Conference on Undergraduate Education (UCUR) Conference Travel" to complete application form.

In order to receive funding from UVU for UCUR, you need to submit your abstract and application form no later than 5 pm on the deadline.  Your application and abstract will be reviewed by your College/School, and approved applications will be vetted by the Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee. If you are selected for funding, you will be notified via email.

If your abstract is accepted, UVU will cover travel, accommodations, and conference registration for the primary presenter only.

Due to limited funds, support is limited to student travel. Faculty may consult with their department chair or dean for additional support.

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.

    The project has the approval and full support of a faculty advisor, with the endorsement of the department and college/school.