Learning Through Research

A Brief History

The idea for a national conference open to all undergraduates was conceived and first implemented at the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) in 1987. The first conference drew more than 400 participants from schools across the country. Now in existence for more than 20 years, the conference regularly hosts 3,500 to 4,000 students who present their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts, and performances and are accompanied by their faculty mentors. Opportunities to learn from exciting keynote speakers, interact with representatives from more than 100 graduate schools, and participate in excursions and other activities sponsored by the host site have become the hallmarks of this premier student research conference.

NCUR Conference Hosts

1987 University of North Carolina at Asheville
1988 University of North Carolina at Asheville
1989 Trinity University
1990 Union College
1991 California Institute of Technology
1992 University of Minnesota
1993 The University of Utah
1994 Western Michigan University
1995 Union College
1996 University of North Carolina at Asheville
1997 University of Texas at Austin
1998 Salisbury State University
1999 University of Rochester
2000 University of Montana, Missoula
2001 University of Kentucky
2002 University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
2003 University of Utah
2004 Indiana Univ. and Purdue Univ. Indianapolis
2005 Washington and Lee Univ. and Virginia Military Institute
2006 University of North Carolina at Asheville
2007 Dominican University of California (link)
2008 Salisbury University (link)
2009 University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse (link)
2010 University of Montana (link)
2011 Ithaca College (link)
2012 Weber State University (link)
2013 University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse (link)
2014 University of Kentucky (link)
2015 Eastern Washington University: April 16-18, 2015 (link)
2016 University of North Carolina, Asheville: April 7-9, 2016 (link)
2017 University of Memphis: April 6-8, 2017
2018 University of Central Oklahoma: April 4-7, 2018
2019 Kennesaw State University, April 2019
2020 Montana State University, April 2020

NCUR Proceedings

One benefit of presenting at NCUR is the opportunity for students to publish their work in the Conference Proceedings, edited and produced annually by The University of North Carolina at Asheville and distributed to institutions across the nation. All student presenters at the Conference (including students in the performing/visual arts) are invited to submit manuscripts for review by the Proceedings Board. Submitting work to the Proceedings has many advantages, two of which are deemed especially important: (1) the opportunity to receive comments from faculty outside your college or university, thereby enhancing the paper for submission to other sources in your field, and (2) the opportunity to list your publication on your resume for graduate and professional school applications. Information about deadlines and requirements for submission can be found under the Students page.

Hosting an NCUR Conference--Submit a Bid to Host NCUR 2021

Are you interested in bringing the excitement of a national undergraduate research conference to your campus and region? Hosting an NCUR conference is a way to showcase your campus and region to students and faculty from around the country and to demonstrate the value and the potential of undergraduate research to those on your campus.  NCUR 2018 will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma, NCUR 2019 will be held at Kennesaw State University, and NCUR 2020 will be held at Montana State University.

We are currently soliciting applications for institutions to host NCUR in 2021 through a two-stage process. During the first phase of the process, CUR is soliciting one-page letters of interest. The letter, signed by the institution's President and Provost, should describe (in no more than one page) the institution’s interest in hosting NCUR 2021 and its particular qualification for doing so.  Letters should be prepared in accordance with the guidelines set forth in Section II, “Step 1:  Preliminary Letter of Intent and Its Review by the NOC,” on page 2 of the hosting guidelines on CUR’s website. We ask that each letter be accompanied by a brief checklist summarizing specific institutional capabilities and characteristics that will be useful to the NOC in making its decisions.  The deadline for letters of interest is March 30, 2017.  Letters should be sent to Lindsey Thomas (lthomas@cur.org) with copies to Elizabeth Ambos (eambos@cur.org) and John Swift (swiftj@oxy.edu).  The NCUR Oversight Committee will identify applicants to submit full proposals in late spring-early summer 2017.  More detailed information about NCUR host site parameters may be found in the hosting guidelines along with a hosting checklist.

Lindsey Thomas at the CUR National Office will be glad to answer inquiries and provide further information during the preparation of preliminary letters of interest.