NCUR 2019: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the KSU Community


  • NCUR stands for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. It is the largest undergraduate research conference in the world. Typically about 4,000 people, mostly undergraduate researchers, attend the conference. Attendees come from all over the U.S., with some attendees from other countries. You can find more information specifically about NCUR 2019 here.
  • According to the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), it is: “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.”

    Undergraduate research projects are mentored by a faculty or staff member with expertise in the research methods of his or her discipline. The project should make a unique contribution to the literature in the student's field(s).

  • KSU will pay the registration costs for students who have been accepted to present at the conference. There are no costs for submitting projects. We are not able to pay the registration costs for anyone who is not presenting a project at the conference.                           

  •  The Symposium of Student Scholars is being suspended this year -- KSU students are encouraged to submit to NCUR 2019 instead.                            

    1. First, you need to be working on an undergraduate research project with a faculty mentor (for a definition of undergraduate research, click here).
    2. You need to submit an abstract about your project by December 4th (the link for submitting abstracts can be found here). The Office of Undergraduate Research is offering workshops on how to write abstracts for NCUR - you can view available days/times here. Directions on how to submit an abstract can be found here
    3. You will find out in January if your abstract has been accepted for the conference. If it has, congratulations! You should work with your faculty mentor on creating an effective presentation. 
  • If your research involves human subjects in any way (e.g., interviews, focus groups, surveys), you are required to obtain IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval before collecting any data. You can find out more about the IRB here:

    If your research involves animal subjects, you will need approval through the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). More information can be found here:

  • You can find step-by--step instructions for submitting an abstract here.                         
  • You may submit proposals for research that isn't complete (or even started); if you do so, you should talk about expected results/conclusions in your abstract. Obviously, you should make a detailed plan with your faculty mentor regarding how you will be ready to present at NCUR in April should you be accepted to the conference. 

    Be sure that if data collection involves human or animal subjects that you've gotten prior approval for your research protocol through the IRB (Institutional Review Board) or IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee). 

    More information about abstract guidelines can be found here

  • The deadlines are available here.
  • Yes! Everyone at KSU is encouraged to participate in the conference, including attending posters, oral presentations, visual arts displays, performances, plenary speakers, the graduate school fair, workshops, and more. The only part of the conference reserved for registered attendees is the food.                           
  • Thank you for your interest! A sign-up portal is under development; you will receive an email with instructions on volunteering soon.                            
  • Yes! The Office of Undergraduate Research is hosting workshops in the fall on how to write your NCUR abstract (due in December). Click here for days and times. In the spring, we will offer workshops to prepare you for your presentations (for example, how to make a conference poster, how to create and deliver effective oral presentations at conferences).                            
  • Any KSU faculty member, staff member, administrator, or graduate student who has expertise in one or more of the areas of review can be a reviewer. More information, including the sign-up link, can be found here
  • Classes at KSU on both the Marietta and Kennesaw campuses will be redirected to the conference April 11-13, 2019. What this means is that classes that normally would meet on those days will not have a traditional class day, but instead will use the time they might have been in class to participate in some way in the conference:

    • Instructors are encouraged to create assignments for their courses related to NCUR. For example, students in an Economics course might be asked to attend four economics presentations and critically evaluate the presenters' research. Students in a Gender and Women's Studies course might attend four gender-related presentations and write a reflection regarding how the presentations align with information they've encountered in the course so far.
    • Students, faculty, staff, and administrators are strongly encouraged to volunteer for the conference given that they will not be in class. NCUR 2019 needs close to 1,000 people to help out.
    • Because classes are not in session during the conference, students are STRONGLY encouraged to get involved in research and present their work. This is a national conference right here on our campus; it's an amazing opportunity for KSU students to disseminate their work to the academic community. 
  • KSU can cover the registration costs of students who have graduated one semester before the conference. In other words, if you graduate with a bachelor's degree in December 2018, then you can submit an abstract in December and present in April if you are accepted.                           
  • NCUR 2019 participants who drive to campus will park offsite and be shuttled to campus. Regular parking for KSU students, staff, and faculty will be unaffected by the conference.                        
  • Units on campus who are doing open houses are encouraged to make these events interactive in some way. NCUR is a very large event, and they might be attending open houses and receptions in part to network with other attendees who have similar interests. Give attendees a chance to meet each other. Also, use this as an opportunity to show off -- do you have interesting facilities they can tour? Is there something unique about your program that you want to highlight? For more information about Open Houses, please email us at