CUR’s First Virtual National Conference on Undergraduate Research Will Highlight Student Projects from across the Globe

On April 12-14, 2021, students from colleges and universities from around the world will participate in the 2021 virtual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), coming together online to share their research in all academic disciplines. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), in collaboration with higher education institutions, typically hosts more than 4,000 participants at the annual NCUR to highlight the impressive work of national and international undergraduate researchers, to demonstrate the value of investment in undergraduate research, and to provide professional development and networking opportunities for students and their mentors.

“We are excited about the first virtual NCUR,” said CUR Executive Officer Lindsay Currie. “As students often face funding or scheduling challenges in considering presentation opportunities for their research, a virtual event can provide more flexibility as well as a larger audience. We also look forward to welcoming more international and underrepresented students and providing a dynamic venue for undergraduates, faculty members, mentors, scholars, journalists, and members of the public to learn more about the exceptional contributions of undergraduate researchers.”

In addition to presentation opportunities, the 2021 NCUR will offer a virtual graduate school fair and an array of interactive sessions. For further details on the event, including submission and registration information, visit the NCUR website.

Founded in 1978, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) focuses on providing high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity. Among the many activities and networking opportunities that CUR provides, the organization also offers support for the professional growth of faculty and administrators through expert-designed institutes, conferences, and a wide-range of volunteer positions. The CUR community, made up of nearly 700 institutions and 13,000 individuals, continues to provide a platform for discussion and other resources related to mentoring, connecting, and creating relationships centered around undergraduate research. CUR’s advocacy efforts are also a large portion of its work as they strive to strengthen support for undergraduate research. Its continued growth in connections with representatives, private foundations, government agencies, and campuses world-wide provides value to its members and gives voice to undergraduate research. CUR is committed to inclusivity and diversity in all of its activities and our community.

CUR focuses on giving a voice to undergraduate research with learning through doing. It provides connections to a multitude of campuses and government agencies, all while promoting networking and professional growth to its community.