Regional & National Conferences
Applications are now being accepted
Every year, we take students to two undergraduate research conferences all expenses paid.
While these are our featured conferences, there are many others held throughout the year around the country. We have a few of these listed below. If you would like to learn about more regional and national research conferences follow our blog, SOURCE and sign up for our newsletter. We will post information about them as they open.
ACC Meeting of the Minds
The 2020 ACC Meeting of the Minds will take place at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Dates: March 20-22, 2020
Before you apply, please read the sample application.
Deadline for submissions is January 29 at 12:00PM
Faculty endorsements due by February 3 at 9:00AM.
Each year, 5-10 outstanding undergraduate researchers (accompanied by a faculty/staff member) from each ACC university gather at a host university to present their research, either verbally or as a poster. At most universities the student delegates are chosen through a refereeing process. It is truly an honor to be invited to participate in this conference.
- The research is original, student directed, under the advisement of a faculty member.
- Abstracts of each research project are gathered in a conference brochure.
- Verbal presentations are grouped by broad subject matter categories. They involve 15 minutes of presentation followed by 5 minutes of discussion.
- Students presenting their research by poster typically “staff” their presentation and explain their research to other participants, both students and faculty.
- Plenary sessions involve both reflections on the importance of undergraduate research, highlights of research methodologies by distinguished faculty from the host university, and reflections on paths to graduate school and research careers.
- The conference begins with dinner on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday.
- All expenses are paid by the ACCAC.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research: Montana State University
March 26-28, 2020
The National Conference 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.
Typically, Virginia Tech has sponsored 2-4 students annually to attend NCUR which is held at campuses around the country. In 2016, a record 14 Virginia tech presentations, in both oral and poster format, were selected for NCUR held at UNC Asheville. We hope to have even more students apply and be accepted to this prestigious conference.
Instructions on abstract submissions: Abstract Guidelines
In order to receive university support you must link VT’s Office of Undergraduate Research to your application. To do this, please list Keri Swaby (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Office of Undergraduate Research when you create your account.
Please note: For Group Applications, only one team member will have all conference and travel expenses paid for.
November 13-16, 2019
ABRCMS is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented minority students, military veterans, and persons with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). ABRCMS attracts approximately 4,050 individuals, including 2,100 undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students, 450 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1,500 faculty, program directors and administrators. Students come from over 350 U.S. colleges and universities. All are pursuing advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and many have conducted independent research. The conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in STEM and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success. More than 650 representatives from graduate programs at US colleges and universities as well as scientists from government agencies, foundations, and professional scientific societies join ABRCMS in the exhibitors program to share information about graduate school and summer internship opportunities. These representatives present research opportunities, funding sources, and professional networks.
2019 Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium
November 2, 2019
Rice University - Houston, Texas
Rice University will host the 10th annual Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium (GCURS) on Saturday, November 2, 2019, on the Rice campus in Houston, Texas. They welcome undergraduates conducting research in engineering and natural science fields to apply.
For full list of participating divisions, details on how to register, and more, visit GCURS online. View the flyer. The application deadline is October 7. Accommodations are provided to accepted participants traveling to Houston from outside the area, and limited travel awards are available.
NCRC is a large-scale, multidisciplinary forum held annually at Harvard University, where the most accomplished undergraduate students from across the United States and internationally convene each year to share their research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The core vision behind our conference is to provide student researchers with the opportunity to hear from the world’s leading authorities in academia, policy, and industry, as well as to foster important exchanges and dialogue between students. Last year, after being selected through a competitive application process, over 200 participants from nearly 75 universities across America and abroad attended our conference. Through NCRC, we hope to expand the perspective of undergraduate researchers through offering exposure to diverse fields and to facilitate the discourse on collaboration, leadership, and social impact in research that we believe will be invaluable in future pursuits.
In the last five years, we have been honored to host speakers including Marcia K. McNutt (President of the National Academy of Sciences and former Editor-in-Chief of Science), Jeffrey D. Sachs (American economist and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia), Harold Varmus (former director of NIH and Nobel Prize Laureate), Gina McCarthy (former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency), Stephen Wolfram (founder and CEO of Wolfram Research), Vivek Murthy (Former Surgeon General) as well as many other notable individuals in academia, policy, and industry. We are anticipating expanding the reach of NCRC to even greater heights for our upcoming 2020 conference.
We would appreciate if you could share this invitation with students who you believe will be interested in attending. The application deadline for general applications is December 1st, 2019 (11:59PM EST). You can find the application and further information on our website http://ncrc.hcura.org/.
2019 MARCUS Conference
October 12, 2019
The Sweet Briar College Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS) is devoted exclusively to the scholarship and research activities of undergraduate students. Students from Virginia and surrounding states are invited to present scholarly research from within all academic disciplines. Students may choose to participate in an oral session or a poster session.
The 21st Mid-Atlantic Research Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship will be held at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA on Saturday, October 12, 2019.
We invite undergraduates from all disciplines to present their summer research, internships, senior research, class projects, or any other scholarship in oral or poster form. Please register your undergrads, or invite them to register!
Please see MARCUS online for registration and other details.
Please note that the Early Bird deadline is September 1 (payment and registration), and we ask that all presenters and guests are registered by September 15.
March 28-29, 2020
The inaugural Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference (MAURC) is a transdisciplinary STEM research conference being planned and hosted by Virginia Tech students that serves as an opportunity for undergraduates and professionals to share their passion for research. "We believe in encouraging the collaboration of knowledge in order to facilitate advancement within areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics." MAURC will be a two day event, March 28-29, 2020, which will include three notable speakers, panel sessions, student oral and poster presentations, and catered meals. For more information or to apply, go online to MAURC.
Application deadline is December 31. View the flyer.
January 25, 2020
Call for Submissions: The Network for Undergraduate Research in Virginia (NURVa) is a consortium of Virginia colleges and universities dedicated to supporting undergraduate research and creative activity throughout the state. The NURVa conference is an opportunity for undergraduates in all disciplines to present their research and creative work at a statewide conference. The inaugural conference will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2019, at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, VA. Faculty mentors are encouraged to attend. Conference registration, which includes lunch, is $15.
NURVa invites submissions from undergraduates in all disciplines in the categories of oral presentation, poster, or performance. Submit abstracts (750 words maximum) with one letter of support from a faculty mentor at https://tinyurl.com/NURVaConference.
Submission deadline is midnight, November 1, 2019. For any questions, email Dr. David A. Salomon. We also invite Virginia graduate schools and programs to purchase a table at the conference at a cost of $100 with a maximum of two representatives at each table. Please email Keri Swaby.
October 31-November 2, 2019
The 2018 SACNAS is three days of cutting-edge science, training, mentoring, and cultural activities for students and scientists at all levels. Our workshops, scientific research presentations, motivational keynotes, and engaging networking events offer both inspiration and education. The powerful combination of science, culture, and community creates an unforgettable professional experience. SACNAS is organized by Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). For over 40 years SACNAS has been the leading multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM diversity organization in the country.