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NCUR 2018 Abstract Guidelines

Please Note: The abstract word limit is now 300 words. This limit is more in keeping with the abstract guidelines for other conferences and academic societies. We are unable to make exceptions to this word limit. 

Note to 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 2018 homepage. The link will be open Tuesday, October 3 through Tuesday, December 5. All primary submitters will need to create a new NCUR account. (You can do this by clicking on the "NCUR Account Portal" from the navigation bar on the homepage.)

Notification will begin around Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and continue through middle of February.

Should your abstract be accepted, you may register for the conference using the same login information. Registration is scheduled to open Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

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.   The form will not process all formatting and special characters (e.g., scientific symbols). 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 an 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.)

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 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:

  • Anthropology & Archeology
  • Architecture & Interior Design
  • Art & Society
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biology
  • Business/Finance/Accounting
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Dance Choreography and Performance
  • Diversity Studies
  • Ecology & Organismal Biology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering/Engineering Technology
  • English
  • Environmental Studies & Sciences
  • Film/Photography Studies
  • Geography & Earth Sciences
  • Health Sciences & Public Health
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Performing Arts Performance
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology & Exercise Science
  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Music
  • Music Performance
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy/Speech Language Pathology
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Poetry & Creative Writing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Software Engineering
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sport Management
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre/Drama
  • Visual Arts
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • World Languages