Present your Research

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As a land-grant university, here at USU we don’t consider research projects to be complete until they have been disseminated to the public. One of the primary ways that researchers share their work is through academic presentations at symposia, conferences, or other events. These presentations give you valuable experience, practice in professional and research communication, and allow you to network with other students, researchers, and the broader public.

Undergraduate students have numerous opportunities to present at USU, state, and event national events specifically for undergraduate research and creative work. Each of the events below is open to all disciplines.

In addition, many professional conferences allow undergraduates to present. Talk to your research mentor to learn more about the best professional conferences in your field. If you are accepted to present at a professional conference, you may be eligible for Office of Research funding to help you cover your attendance expenses.

Where: Online
Applications are closed
Event Date: December 10th, 2020, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

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. The Fall 2020 event is still viewable to the public here.

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Where: Virtual, run by BYU
Abstract submissions open: September 1, 2020
Abstract deadline: November 2, 2020
Event Date: Friday, February 19th, 2021

UCUR is designed to showcase the best undergraduate work from students all over the state. Undergraduates from all disciplines are invited to apply for the conference, which provides an excellent opportunity to students to present their work in a scholarly setting to students, faculty, field specialists and community members. Presentations may include both visual and oral displays of work in all academic disciplines, from art history to molecular biology.

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Where: Utah State Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, UT
Abstract submissions open: December 15, 2020
Abstract deadline: January 11, 2021
Event Date: February 2, 2021

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.

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Where: Utah State University, Logan, UT
Abstract submissions open: February 1
Abstracts due: February 22
Event Date: April 14-15

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.

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Where: Online
Abstract submissions open: October 1, 2020
Abstract deadline: Early Decision- November 1, 2020, Regular- December 1, 2020
Event Date: April 12-14, 2021

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.

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Where: Virtual
Abstracts due: January 22, 2021
Event Date: April 27-28, 2021

The national Posters On The Hill is sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research and held at the United States Capitol annually in the spring. This prestigious event is highly competitive; the Undergraduate Research office works with students to prepare applications as well as provides students that are selected to present with additional training, support, and travel funding to participate. If you are interested in submitting an application, please contact us for further information.

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Publishing Opportunities

Alongside presenting, publication of research or creative work is a great way to share it with the public. Talk to your mentor about potential journals that may be a good fit for your project, and consider submitting to Curiosity: The Undergraduate Research Journal of Utah State University. You can also share any of your presentation materials (such as your poster, abstract, or slides) to Digital Commons! Both Curiosity and Digital Commons are completely open to the public and will give you a permanent online record of your work.