There are thousands of regional, national, and international conferences held each year. Consult with your research mentor about finding a meeting or conference that would be suitable to present your research. Below are several interdisciplinary national conferences that exclusively focus on undergraduate student researchers.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
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. Please include Heather Dover as the undergraduate research coordinator on your NCUR abstract submission.
Posters on the Hill
Posters on the Hill is a highly competitive 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 (Arts & Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, 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)
NCRC is 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.
World Congress on Undergraduate Research (World CUR)
World CUR brings together undergraduate students from all disciplines for a global conversation about undergraduate research and creative activities. Attendees at the three day conference have the opportunity to present and attend oral and poster sessions, along with opportunities to socialize with other undergraduate researchers from across the globe. The next World CUR is expected to be in 2022, with abstract deadlines in 2021.
Discipline Specific Conferences
Many conferences supporting various academic disciplines also offer opportunities for undergraduate researchers to present. Talk with your research mentor about the opportunities available in your field of study.
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students: undergraduate students in STEM disciplines are invited to present their research at this four-day conference held annually in November. The deadline for travel award and abstract submission is typically late August / early September.
- Sigma Xi Student Research Showcase: high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in STEM disciplines may present their research at this four-day conference held annually in November. Abstract submission for oral presentations are typically due in early May and in early October for poster presentations.