Undergraduate Research and Creativity (URC)

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The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of up to 2,000 young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.   

Steps to follow:

  1. Write your abstract and review it with your faculty mentor.
  2. Submit your abstract to NCUR using their online site, be sure to use the Undergraduate Research Office Coordinator Information listed here, which is also specified in the informational email you received from URC. Contact the office if you have any questions.
  3. Once we have a list of the abstracts that were accepted (typically in January) the URCC will choose which students UWL will send.  
  4. We will then notify these students and at this point you can register for the meeting. 

NOTE: If your abstract is approved by NCUR and selected by our undergraduate research and creativity committee, your registration, travel, and hotel will be covered by the university. NCUR registration includes breakfast and lunch; you will be responsible for dinner and other expenses. 

Selection Guidelines

The Undergraduate Research and Creativity Committee (URCC) is committed to providing UWL students the opportunity to present their research at annual events including NCUR*, the  UW-System's Annual Symposium  for Undergraduate Research and Creativity, and  Posters in the Rotunda. The committee has developed guidelines to be used for selecting travel awards to these events. Any student who receives a travel award to attend these events must make a commitment to present at the  UWL Celebration of Student Research & Creativity.  

General selection guidelines:

  1. In 2018 up to 24 travel awards will be selected based on the overall quality of the research project.  
  2. Priority will be given to students who have not previously received funding for travel to present their results. Prior funding does not eliminate a student from consideration, but places that student at the bottom of the list. 
  3. Priority will be given to seniors, then to juniors, then to sophomores, then to freshmen. 
  4. Every effort will be made to ensure that a fair distribution of students is selected across and within academic departments and programs.  

*Additional selection guidelines, specific to NCUR:
1. In order to receive funding for travel to NCUR, the following information must be included when you submit your abstract to NCUR:  Undergraduate Research Office Coordinator Information. Note: this person and their contact information will be determined on an annual basis. Please refer to the email you received from URC regarding NCUR registration.


2. A maximum of one student author per accepted abstract will be funded by the URC office.  

Important Dates and Deadlines for NCUR 2018
The 31st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research will be held in Edmond, Oklahoma from Thursday, April 5-Saturday, April 7. Note: students attending NCUR as part of the URC group should plan on one travel day before and after the conference. The Undergraduate Research and Creativity Committee is committed to sending select student's from UW-La Crosse. Abstract submission for NCUR 2018 will be announced. 

Interested in Graduate School?

The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers that can help you connect with one that matches your interests.

Timeline for NCUR 2017

Online submission opens October 3, 2017
Deadlines for Applications and Abstracts December 5, 2017
Review of Submissions Oct 3, 2017 - Jan 9, 2018
Abstract Decision Notifications January 23, 2018
Online Registration Opens January 23, 2018
Deadline for Early Conference Registration February 22, 2018
NCUR 2018 - 32nd Annual April 05-07, 2018