Present your Research
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.
Registration open: October 1, 2022
Registration close: November 1, 2022
Event Date: December 8, 2022
The Fall Student 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 2021 event is still viewable to the public.
Abstract submissions open: September 1, 2022
Abstract deadline: November 1, 2022
Event Date: February 17, 2023
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.
Abstract submission open: October 1, 2022
Abstract deadline: October 15, 2022
Event Date: January 20, 2023
Utah’s Research on Capitol Hill is an annual celebration of undergraduate research held in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. Organized by USU and the University of Utah, it features the state’s 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.
Registration open: February 1, 2023
Registration close: February 15, 2023
Event Date: April 11-12, 2023
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 TBD, 2022
Abstract deadline: September TBD, 2022
Event Date: April 13-15, 2023
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.
Abstracts due: September 7, 2022
Event Date: October 23-24, 2022
The STR Program was developed as an expanded and enhanced program to replace Posters on the Hill. STR is a six-month professional development opportunity for undergraduate students and faculty mentors to build advocacy and research communication skills and includes in-person training, virtual meetings, and a virtual showcase. Ambassadors will network with Capitol Hill officials and staff, other student and faculty teams, and researchers throughout the country.
Contact Student Research (UR@usu.edu) if you have questions.
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.