Every year, we take  students to two undergraduate research conferences all expenses paid.
Applications are now being accepted for both!

Atlantic Coast Conference Meeting of the Minds (ACCMOM) +

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

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


Now accepting applications!

MOM: 2018 Meeting of the Minds Conferences at Boston College

April 6-8, 2018

Deadline for submissions has been extended to February 6th at 9:00AM
Faculty endorsements due by February 7 at 5pm.

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.

Upcoming conferences:

  • University of Louisville, 2019

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

NCUR 2018

Now accepting applications!

National Conference on Undergraduate Research: University of Central Oklahoma

April 4-7, 2018

Abstract Submission Deadline December 5, 2017

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 can be found here: 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 or the Office of Undergraduate Research (email:kswaby@vt.edu) when you create your account.*

  **Please note: For Group Applications, only one team member will have all conference and travel expenses paid for.**

Other conferences


November 1-4, 2017

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. 

2017 Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Rice University - Houston, TX

The Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium (GCURS) is hosted by Rice University in Houston, Texas.  GCURS is a forum for undergraduate researchers to present original research discoveries.  Participants will give individual presentations in a 10-12 minute PowerPoint format, rather than the more common poster session.

GCURS fosters intercollegiate interactions among students and faculty who share a passion for undergraduate research. We expect several hundred speakers from around the country.  The event also offers a friendly and supportive environment for students to give a formal research presentation, and faculty will provide written constructive feedback.

Sessions are available in the following fields:


January 18-20, 2018

The National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC), hosted by the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA), began in 2012 as a platform for undergraduates from across the nation to share their interest in research and to facilitate the creation of a cohesive undergraduate research community.

Students can submit applications to present their work as plenary speakers or in a poster presentation. Harvard students host the NCRC student presenters in Harvard residence halls over the course of the weekend. Each year, the conference includes a number of keynote speakers, poster and plenary sessions, a career fair, and social events.  

Application coming soon...

2017 MARCUS Conference

Oct. 15, 2017

Registration Closed

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.


October 19-21, 2017

The 2017 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. The 2016 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.