The National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR),, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students to present their work. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum. Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

Student presentations are welcome in all fields and disciplines from the creative and performing arts to biomedical, engineering, and social science research. The National Conference for Undergraduate Research is a wonderful opportunity to meet peers and faculty from around the country working in similar research fields, learn about how research and scholarship is conducted in fields very different than your own, to learn about graduate school and employment opportunities, and of course to develop your presentation skills.

UVU invites undergraduate students from all disciplines to present in oral sessions, poster sessions, artistic performances and visual art exhibits. The Office of Engaged Learning has limited funding available for registration and travel costs for students whose proposals are submitted and accepted by the Scholarly & Creative Activities Council. Students need to work with a UVU faculty mentor for their project to be eligible.

Eastern Washington University

April 16-18, 2015

October 21, 2014: Application & abstract due to UVU

December 2, 2014: Application & abstract due to NCUR

Application Instructions

1.  Click here to apply for NCUR funding. 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 "National Conference on Undergraduate Education (NCUR) Conference Travel" to complete application form.

In order to receive funding from UVU for NCUR, you need to submit your abstract and the necessary 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 Council. If you are selected for funding, you will be notified to submit your abstract to NCUR as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

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

Due to limited funds, awards are limited to student travel. Faculty may consult with their department chair or dean for faculty travel 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 abstract has the approval and full support of a faculty advisor, with the written endorsement of the department and college.

You may wish to download and view the PDF of a blank application form to familiarize yourself with the required information before you begin the application process.