Now Accepting Applications for Health Sciences NCUR Presentation Award

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Health Sciences Division is offering awards to cover the cost of registration (up to $150) for undergraduate students presenting original research at NCUR2023 — the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), April 13-15, 2023. The goal is to celebrate and support students’ participation in NCUR while contributing to their discipline and future growth.

Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their registration in their talk or poster.  Students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

Successful award recipients will be notified by Feb. 15, 2023, and the award notification letter will provide information regarding disbursement. The award is contingent upon abstract acceptance to the conference.

Please combine all application materials into one PDF file and submit it online by January 20, 2023.

Submission window is currently closed.



  • Student must be an undergraduate at either a two- or four-year institution
  • Student’s mentor must be a CUR member, or the student’s home institution must be a CUR institutional member
  • If there are multiple undergraduate student authors on the same abstract submission, only the presenting author is eligible for the award.

Submission Process 

The submission form requires the following information:

  • Information about the student including academic year and major.
  • Information about the student’s mentor including name, title, contact information, and CUR membership status.
  • A brief statement (maximum 500 words) regarding how attendance to NCUR will assist the student in their future career goals.
  • Abstract information including title, co-authors and their affiliations, and a 300 word abstract, which should be the same that you have submitted in the NCUR abstract submission portal.  Abstracts should include:
    • A sentence that clearly states the study’s OBJECTIVE (unless included in the title)
    • A brief statement of METHODS (if pertinent)
    • A summary of the RESULTS
    • A statement of CONCLUSIONS (it is not acceptable to state “the results will be discussed”)
    • A statement of SIGNIFICANCE
  • If chosen for the award, you must forward the NCUR presentation acceptance.

Review Process

A committee composed of councilors from the Health Sciences Division will review applications. Award recipients will be chosen based on the scholarly merit described in their abstract and how NCUR attendance will impact the student. We are planning to notify the award recipients by February 15, 2023.


All CUR Award recipients are responsible for any and all applicable tax obligations associated with receipt of the award.

All students, faculty, mentors, organizations, and institutions honored with becoming a part of the CUR award recipient community, you have the professional and ethical responsibility to maintain the highest professional conduct standards and embody the CUR Code of Ethics for Undergraduate Research in your words, actions, and deeds. In addition, all participants are expected to abide by the CUR Code of Conduct. Expectations for awardees are to show courtesy and civility in both their personal and professional communications while forever representing CUR and the distinguished honor of the specific award rewarded. One must conduct oneself in a manner both professional and ethical.

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.