National Conference on Undergraduate Research
The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is the largest conference on undergraduate research in the country. Each year, approximately 4,000 undergraduates from all over the country present their scholarship as posters, oral presentations, performances, and works of art. It is a great opportunity for students to present their research and network with other undergraduate researchers. In addition, there are graduate school and career fairs at the conference. This year, NCUR will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma April 4-7, 2018.
If you are an undergraduate working on research, we strongly encourage you to submit an abstract. KSU will pay all expenses for at least one undergraduate per accepted project (possibly more depending on the availability of funds).
Instructions to receive your funding:
- Submit an abstract here. The deadline is December 5, 2017. If you would like to check out abstracts from past NCURs, you can search the archives here.
- In the NCUR form at the above link, be sure to put Dr. Amy Buddie (firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 470-578-6255) as the KSU Director of Undergraduate Research; she will then receive a copy of the decision email. If you forget this step, be sure to forward your acceptance email to email@example.com (if you do not do this, KSU will have no way of knowing that you've been accepted to the conference, and you won't receive funding).
- You will receive an email from Dr. Buddie with further instructions about the funding. Do NOT register yourself for the conference. Do NOT book a hotel room on your own. Do NOT arrange for your own transportation to the University of Central Oklahoma. All of this will be taken care of through KSU, and if you make your own travel arrangements, you will be required to pay for them yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I would like to submit an abstract, but I won't have finished my project before the deadline in December. Can I still submit?Yes! As long as you will be able to finish before the conference in April, you are permitted to submit. You can discuss the hypothesized results/conclusions rather than the finished project in your abstract.
I would like to go on this trip just to see what an academic conference is like; can I be a part of this trip even if I'm not presenting?
Unfortunately, we do not have enough funds to sponsor students who have not been accepted to present at the conference.
What happens if my NCUR application is late?
NCUR does not accept late applications; you will be ineligible for the funds.
I've received my notification of acceptance from NCUR – should I make my own plans (e.g., transportation, hotel)?
No. KSU will be making these travel arrangements.
I conducted the research as an undergraduate but will graduate in December. Can I still present my research at NCUR in April and get the funding if I am no longer a student at KSU?
Yes! If you have graduated within the last semester, you are still eligible for the funds.
Can my faculty mentor get funding to come on the trip as well?
Unfortunately, we do not have enough funds to cover both students and faculty mentors. A limited number of faculty members will be accompanying students on the trip.
I've submitted a poster – can I get that printed for free?
Yes – we have poster printing capabilities, and all students presenting posters will have access to this poster printer. For more information, visit the website for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).
I've never presented my work at a conference – what is that experience like?
Your faculty mentor can talk to you about academic conferences, and we will also hold informational sessions prior to the trip. Don't worry; you're going to have a great time, and you will be well prepared for this exciting opportunity.
All KSU-supported research projects are administered in accordance with established University fiscal procedures and research policies. These include all travel regulations, policies relating to the protection of human subjects, and policies related to intellectual property rights. All publications and presentations must acknowledge the assistance of Kennesaw State University.
The faculty member and students are expected to obtain Institutional Review Board approval prior to collecting any data if the project includes research involving human or animal participants.