2021 Utah Council on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) Conference to be held VIRTUALLY

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Date: February 19, 2021

Submissions Open: September 1, 2020 -  Close: November 2, 2020

The application portal for UCUR 2021 is open! Students can submit applications for oral, poster, performance, and visual art presentations through the conference website, ucur.byu.edu.

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 19, 2021.

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 ucur.byu.edu/present for detailed guidelines.

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



Application Instructions:

The 2021 Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) will be held VIRTUALLY at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, February 19, 2021. Abstract submissions open: September 1, 2020 and close on November 2, 2020.

UCUR Conference Abstract application portal for UCUR 2021.  Visit ucur.byu.edu/present for detailed guidelines.

Students whose abstracts submitted to the UCUR site by the deadline and are accepted to present by the host institution, may apply for dissemination funding to pay the $25 UCUR registration fee, per presentation.  (Link to be added).


  • Submission Deadline:  November 2, 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance:  December 7, 2020
  • Apply to UVU via DocuSign for funding: December 7, 2020  - December 18, 2020
  • Registration Opens: December 7, 2020
  • Registration Deadline:  January 31, 2021
  • Conference:  February 19, 2021

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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.