National Conference on Undergraduate Research

NCUR 2020 will be held at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT from March 26-28. For more information, click here.

In 1987, the University of North Carolina at Asheville imagined and created a national conference highlighting undergraduate research. That first conference had over 400 participants from all over the country.

Now held at varying locations all over the United States, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) hosts up to 4,000 students annually! Getting involved in NCUR allows you the opportunity to disseminate your research both in person and remotely.

Every student must apply with an abstract to review. If accepted, you must register for the conference online. Participants at NCUR have the option of presenting in one of four formats:

  • Oral Presentations
  • Poster Presentations
  • Visual Art
  • Performing Art

NCUR also accepts manuscript submissions for publication in their NCUR Conference Preceedings, which publishes exemplary research for dissemination. This is a great opportunity to add a publication line to your resume and CV.

NCUR is an interdisciplinary conference that focuses on completed, undergraduate student led research. Research does not have to just be beakers or lab work! Research can also be an art piece, a wildlife hunt, or even a case study! In order to apply to NCUR, a student (or a group of students) must have completed an undergraduate-led research study.

If you need help finding a mentor or a project, please get in touch with the Office of Research. We can help you find a place that is a good fit.

Currently, the 2020 NCUR dates have yet to be announced. We will update the website with the current information as soon as it is released.

To apply for NCUR, you will need to submit an abstract for review. This abstract should summarize your research and it’s outcomes. For help writing professionally, please follow the link here.

Once you are ready to apply for the next NCUR, please follow the link below.


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 Utah State University Student Association 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.

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