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2023 Utah Council on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) Conference to be held

Date: February 17, 2023

University of Utah, Salt Lake City

What is UCUR?

Modeled after the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, UCUR is a celebration of academic, professional, and personal achievements from undergraduate research projects and creative endeavors. Undergraduate students from across Utah and from all disciplines are invited to apply for the conference; presentation opportunities include poster displays, oral presentations, and creative performances.

Each year, the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research allows student researchers from all over the state to come and present their research. Presentations are given to an interdisciplinary audience, as accepted research projects can be centered on anything from art to molecular biology. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Upcoming UCUR

The 17th annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research will be held at University of Utah on Friday, February 17, 2023. Any undergraduate researcher from any Utah higher education institution is eligible and welcome to present at UCUR. In order to participate, submit your abstract between September 1 and November 1, 2022. Registration opens December 6, 2022. For more information, visit the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) website. 


The Innovation Academy is pleased to support undergraduate students research efforts. Those abstracts that are accepted to present at UCUR will have their conference registration paid for by the Innovation Academy. Due to limited funding no other funding is available to cover travel expenses and will need to be covered by the presenter. 


Call For Papers
Call for Abstracts open: September 1, 2022
Abstracts close: November 1, 2022
Notification of Acceptance: December 6, 2022
Registration Begins: December 6, 2022
Registration Deadline: January 15, 2023

In order to apply to UCUR, you will need an abstract summarizing the nature and outcomes of your research or creative opportunity. If your abstract is chosen, you may be selected to present a poster, a creative project (for art, music, dance, or similar projects), or an oral presentation. Presentation guidelines found here.



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 17, 2023.

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

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.