2022 Utah Council on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) Conference to be held

Date: February 25, 2022

Dixie State University, St. George, Utah
Accepted Abstract Registration Open: December 6, 2021-  Close: January 15, 2022

UCUR Submissions are now closed and all accepted abstracts should be receiving notification from Dixie State University in the next few days.  

Funding Information: All Student's that have been accepted to present their submitted abstracts at UCUR 2022 will have their registration paid for by UVU.  When you register to attend please select "Bill my institution".  This includes those primary presenters as well as any co-presenters that listed they will be presenting on the abstract and are UVU students. Student's do not need to apply to OEL for registration funding this year. 

Student Travel funding is not available through OEL this year due to the increased cost of students registrations. Please reach out to your deans office for available funding options for UCUR travel.

Any faculty mentors wishing to attend UCUR will need to fund their own registration and travel via their department.

The registration portal for UCUR 2022 opens December 6, 2021 and closes January 15, 2022. Students can register to present their accepted abstracts through the conference website, academics.dixie.edu/ucur2022/.

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.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students may submit an application to present as an individual or as a co-presenter in a group presentation, but all students presenting must be an undergraduate student on February 25, 2022.

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

SUBMISSION Research and Creative Works may be presented in any one of the following four formats, and accepted
submissions need to be presented as noted below:

• Poster > Submit poster as a compressed PDF file.
• Oral > Submit PowerPoint slides with voiceover narration as a PowerPoint Show (.ppsx) file.
• Performing Arts, Film, Video and Other Media > Submit work or performance as an MP4 video file.
• Visual Arts > Submit a high-resolution photograph of 2- or 3-dimensional artwork and an artist statement as a compressed PDF file.

Visit academics.dixie.edu/ucur2022/ for detailed guidelines.

The Office of Engaged Learning will open the application for funding December 7, 2021. 

Application Instructions:

The 2022 Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) will be held at Dixie State University, St George, Utah, February 25, 2022. Abstract submissions open: September 1, 2021 and close on November 1, 2021.

UCUR Conference Abstract application portal for UCUR 2022.  Visit Dixie State UCUR 2022 for detailed guidelines.

Students wishing to apply for funding to cover the cost of the $45 registration fee will need to submit an application via ZEngine Application Portal to be considered for award.  Note: Award funds will only be for the amount of the $45 registration fee.  No funds will be awarded for travel, lodging, or gas as these will be the attendee's responsibility.   

Each individual desiring to be awarded funding will need to submit an application regardless if they are part of a team or an indivdual presenter.   All applications require a copy of Abstract acceptance to be attached to be considered.


February is usually an amazing time to visit St George and escape the winter. And a lot of people in northern Utah know that… Hotel availability can be tough to find and tend to be marked up for the high-season. DSU does have some blocks of rooms set aside at fairly discounted rates. It is recommended to reserve early, regardless of where you stay, because it is a busy time for this area and hotels fill quickly (that weekend is also the Parade of Homes, and multiple soccer and softball tournaments).

DSU set aside about 150 rooms for Thursday and Friday nights (Feb 24 and 25) for UCUR attendees, and you can take advantage of that block until January 10. After January 10, rooms that were not reserved will be opened to the public. The two hotels with blocked rooms that you can reserve are:

Best Western Plus Abbey Inn –  $129/night  BOOK HERE

Best Western Coral Hills –  $109/night   BOOK HERE

 Conference Parking:

DSU will be blocking off a parking area for cars for those that drive themselves. The conference location on the DSU campus will have plenty of room for buses to drop-off/pick-up next to the academic buildings, and we will provide info on where the buses can park during the conference.



  • Submission Deadline:  November 1, 2021
  • Notification of Acceptance:  December 6, 2021
  • Apply to UVU via ZEngine for registration funding: December 6, 2021 - December 18, 2021
  • Registration Opens: December 6, 2021
  • Registration Deadline:  January 15, 2022
  • Conference:  February 25, 2022

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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.