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, KSU will host this conference April 11-13, 2019.
If you are an undergraduate at Kennesaw State University working on research, we strongly encourage you to submit an abstract. KSU will pay the registration fees for KSU students accepted to the conference.
Instructions to receive your funding:
- Submit an abstract here. The deadline is December 4, 2018. 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. You can see step-by-step instructions for submitting abstracts here.
- You will receive an email from Dr. Buddie with further instructions about the funding. Do NOT register yourself for the conference.
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 register for this conference just to see what an academic conference is like; can I be a part of the conference even if I'm not presenting?
All KSU students can participate in all conference activities except the food lines (which are restricted for registered participants). We encourage all students to go to student presentations, plenaries, workshops, and everything that the conference has to offer.
What happens if my NCUR application is late?
NCUR does not accept late applications; you will be ineligible to present.
I've received my notification of acceptance from NCUR – should I immediately register for the conference?
No. Wait for further instructions on how to register.
I conducted the research as an undergraduate but will graduate in December. Can I still present my research at NCUR in April if I am no longer a student at KSU?
Yes! If you have graduated from KSU within the last semester, you are still eligible to present at NCUR and receive free registration.
I've submitted a poster – can I get that printed for free?
Yes – we have poster printing capabilities, and all KSU students presenting posters will have access to this poster printer. For more information, visit here: http://research.kennesaw.edu/our/students/undergraduate-research-poster-printing.php
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 event. 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.