A vital part of research is disseminating your findings to a broader audience, and there are a number of ways that undergraduate researchers can present their work. Conferences and symposia allow you to share your passion about the subjects you study, strengthen your presentation skills, and network with researchers in your field.
Each discipline has a variety of professional conferences, many of which allow and encourage student submissions. To learn about opportunities to present in your field, start a conversation with your mentor about your interest in conferences or browse a list of undergraduate-friendly conferences here.
If you are accepted to present at a professional conference, there are two funding mechanisms in place at USU to help cover your travel costs:
USU also facilitates a number of local, regional, and national presentation opportunities for undergraduates. The majority of these events are held in the Spring term, which means that abstract submissions and registration deadlines are in the fall. Students from many different fields are invited to participate in these conferences, and the Undergraduate Research office provides resources and support to help students prepare for and participate in these events.
Abstract submissions open: February 1, 2018
Abstracts due: February 15, 2018
Event Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Each spring, typically in April, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend the Student Research Symposium. As a part of Research Week—a campus celebration of research, scholarship, and creative activity—students will present their research and gain valuable communications training from the best of the best.
Abstract submissions open: October 15, 2017
Abstracts due: December 1, 2017
Event Date: February 28, 2018
Utah’s Research on Capitol Hill is an annual celebration of undergraduate research held in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. Organized by USU, it features the two public research universities’ students and their research projects. Students of all disciplines from around the state share the results of their investigations with legislators.
Abstract submissions open: September 15, 2017
Abstracts due: October 31, 2017
Event Date: February 9, 2018 Note: To participate, USU students must submit their abstracts on the form above before the USU deadline of November 16.
Based on the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) is an annual conference hosted in rotation by Utah universities each spring.
Utah State University has participated in since we helped to found it in 2005. Alongside John Francis of the University of Utah, USU’s Joyce Kinkead proposed a Utah Undergraduate Research Day to the Utah System of Higher Education, and in 2006 the first statewide event was hosted by USU.
Since its inception, USU has hosted UCUR a second time and has been well-represented by undergraduate students every year from disciplines in every college.
This year, the 12th Annual UCUR will be hosted by Southern Utah University on February 9th, 2018.
Abstract submissions open: October 3, 2017
Abstracts due: December 5, 2017
Event Date: April 4-7, 2018 The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. 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.
NCUR has become a major annual event drawing more than 2,000 undergraduates, faculty and administrators to hear and discuss undergraduate creative and scholarly work.
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies will provide funding for students presenting at NCUR. Funding includes the cost of conference registration ($180) and accommodations (we have arranged for hotel lodging), all other costs are the responsibility of the student-presenters.
For undergraduates, there are two additional sources for funding undergraduate travel:
- The USUSA (formally ASUSU) has the Academic Opportunity Fund
- The Honors Research Fund (for honors students) is designed to give Honors students access to direct funding for activities that will academically enhance their undergraduate experience. Students may apply for awards from $50 to $400, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis during the academic year only. Only active Honors students on track to graduate with Honors are eligible to apply.
Abstract submissions open: November 1, 2017
Abstracts due: November 21, 2017
Event Date: December 7, 2017
The Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium offers an opportunity for Undergraduate Researchers of all backgrounds and experience to present their research in an open and friendly environment.