Students delivering their oral presentations during MSU's annual undergraduate research and arts forum.


Sharing your work can help you expand your network of contacts who share your research interests. For undergraduate researchers who intend to complete a graduate degree, presenting can be an invaluable experience. We recommend discussing your interest in sharing your research with your faculty advisor. They can help match your interests with the appropriate venue.

Opportunities to Present at Michigan State

  • The annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) is Michigan State's premier showcase for undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity. Through involvement in the Forum students have the opportunity to present their work in the form of a poster or oral presentation, or to showcase their creations. All currently enrolled Michigan State undergraduate students from all colleges who are engaged in original work are eligible to participate. Presentation at URAAF does not preclude students from presenting at other scholarly conferences.

Opportunities to Present at National Conferences

  • The National Conference on Undergraduate Research ("NCUR") welcomes undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines from across the United States. In existence for over twenty years, the conference regularly hosts 2,000 students and their faculty mentors to present their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts and performances. The Conference is hosted annually by different colleges and universities across the United States.
  • The Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication ("CURC") is sponsored by the Department of Communication and held annually at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). This regional conference has drawn nearly 200 undergraduate scholars from colleges and universities in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Virginia.
  • Posters on the Hill is an annual competition for undergraduate researchers sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research. The program is held each spring in Washington, D.C. 60 competitively selected student posters are displayed at the U.S. Capitol, followed by a visit with members of Congress and representatives from various federal funding agencies. Applicants submit a research abstract, the topic of which must fall into one of CUR's administrative divisions (Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Humanities, Mathematics/ Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). Each abstract should explain the work that was performed and discuss its importance for science and society. Applicants can apply online through CUR's website. The deadline for submission generally falls in November, with decisions communicated to applicants by the following February.
  • The National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC), hosted by The Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA), is a platform that encourages undergraduate researchers to present their research in a professional setting through poster or oral presentations. During this four day conference, students have the opportunity to interact in a series of workshops and panels designed to foster and develop a student’s own personal interests. The conference is held annually in January and students can apply at the NCRC website.
  • Many conferences supporting various academic disciplines also offer opportunities for undergraduate researchers to present. Talk with your faculty advisors about the opportunities available in your field of study to present.