The NCUR 2020 abstract submission portal will open on 30 September 2019 and remain open until Friday December 6th, 11:59 pm EST.

Students who have submitted to NCUR in previous years: A new NCUR account must be created each year. Information does not carry over from year to year.

All abstracts must be submitted online through the link on the NCUR 2020 homepage. The portal will open Monday, September 30. All primary submitters will need to create a new NCUR account at the NCUR Account Portal

Notification decisions will be sent by late January, 2020.

Should your abstract be accepted, you may register for the conference using the same login information. Registration is scheduled to open after notifications are sent.

Abstracts should:

1.   Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project. 
2.   Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry. 
3.   Provide a brief description of the research methodology. 
4.   State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed. 
5.   Include text only (no images or graphics)
6.   Be well-written and well-organized. 

Other formatting guidelines:

1.   References are allowed within abstracts, but not required.
2.   Currently the submission form does not provide formatting and special characters (e.g., scientific symbols or italics). Use plain text format for your abstract. There is space in the form to include a link to online documentation, formulas, images, music files, etc. in support of your submission. You may use this space to provide a link to a location to view your abstract in its original form.
3.   Abstracts are usually 200-300 words long with no paragraph breaks. MAXIMUM LENGTH = 300 WORDS!

Have the following information available when submitting your abstract:

1.   Name and e-mail address for each faculty mentor and co-author
2.   Undergraduate Research Office Coordinator (UROC) name, e-mail address, and phone number. If you do not have a UROC, then provide the information for whomever is the point of contact at your institution
3.   Presentation type: oral, poster, visual arts, or performing arts
4.   Field of study (See below for the complete list.)
5. Visual Arts presenters are required to upload three examples of work. For works in progress, you may substitute images of the work being submitted with images of past works that are representative of the artwork to be exhibited at NCUR 2019. 

Two abstracts per primary author are permitted. There is no limit on the number of abstracts submitted per co-author.

All abstracts will undergo a rigorous evaluation by a panel of faculty reviewers. Abstract reviewers will evaluate submissions based on the criteria listed above and will assess overall merit within the context of the specific academic discipline.

Note: The title and author(s) of your abstract will appear EXACTLY as they are entered in the abstract submission form. Please double check punctuation, grammar, and spelling before submitting.

Contact your mentor or your institution’s Writing Center about how to write a competitive abstract.

Please review the entire list below and select the option which is most appropriate.

Field of study options

If your area is not named below, or if more than one area applies, select the one most closely related to your work. Please review the entire list before choosing your area.

  • Agriculture & Extension
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology & Archeology 
  • Architecture & Interior Design 
  • Art History & Visual Arts
  • Biological & Chemical Engineering
  • Biology 
  • Business, Marketing & Leadership
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science 
  • Creative Writing 
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice 
  • Dance 
  • Education 
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Engineering 
  • Environmental Science & Sustainability
  • Exercise Science & Nutrition 
  • Film & Photography  
  • Geography, Geology & Earth Sciences
  • Gender, Ethnicity, and Race Studies, & Critical Cultural Theory
  • Health and Human Development
  • History 
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • Law & Legal Studies 
  • Linguistics & World Languages 
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 
  • Music 
  • Native American Studies 
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy, Ethics & Religious Studies 
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy & Speech Language Pathology 
  • Physics 
  • Plant Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work & Human Services 
  • Sociology 
  • Theatre & Drama
  • Writing, Communication & Rhetoric

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