Building and Enhancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Programs" Conference

June 27-29, 2019 (ABM – June 25-27, 2019)
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
This 1½ day conference is aimed at faculty and academic professionals interested in the improvement, management, and promotion of undergraduate research and creative activities.  Faculty, undergraduate research program directors, and administrators will share ideas, strategies, and best practices around six themes.
Session Themes:
  • Assessment: Strategies for evaluating undergraduate research projects, using data to improve the experience or providing feedback for funding support.
  • Diversity in Research: Effective strategies for promoting diversity-serving undergraduate research, undergraduate research that informs diversity issues, collaborations that have brought in diverging perspectives to undergraduate research.
  • High-impact Learning Strategies:  Methods, approaches, courses and practices that have proven very effective in achieving learning outcomes that incorporate undergraduate research. This can include the retooling of existing courses, applied research in courses and embedded research projects within courses.
  • Internationalization: Incorporating an international element to undergraduate research, including research-based travel, media-assisted collaboration, data exchange or the mechanics of organizing an international undergraduate research component.
  • Undergraduate Research Administration and Budgeting - Nuts and Bolts: Approaches that have proven effective in managing and organizing undergraduate research and/or in funding the means by which the research can be undertaken.  Budgeting innovations, successful central strategies, institutional support etc. are all applicable.
  • Undergraduate Research Collaborations: Examples of effective partnerships with undergraduate researchers, pairing strategies, team projects, the ethics of collaboration in undergraduate research.


Session Formats:

  • Interactive 75-min presentations:
    • Sessions will be held in all six of the conference themes.
    • Presentations are 75-min long, but should allow for ample time for discussion.
    • Seeking presentations that highlight unique or uncommon program(s) that are adaptable or applicable to various institutional types.
  • Short 10-min presentations:
    • Sessions will be held in all six of the conference themes.
    • Presenters will have 10min to present with an additional 5 min for Q&A.
    • Seeking presentations that highlight unique or uncommon program(s) or processes that are adaptable to a variety of settings.
  • Poster session:
    • Sessions will be held in all six of the conference themes.
    • Seeking an array of presentations that highlight the breadth of undergraduate research activities across institutional types.


Submission Process:

  1. Ensure all presenters that will be listed on your application have created an account using the link on the login page.
  2. Review the below list of information required to submit and gather your submission information.
  3. Submit your application via the online portal by the deadline of February 19, 2018.


Materials Required for Submission:

  • Session Title (15 word limit)
  • Contact information for all Presenters (5 presenter limit, contact information includes First and Last Names, Email, Institution and Title)
  • Session Format (see above)
  • Theme(s) - You will be asked to identify a single primary theme (see list above). If your submission could be included in multiple themes, you will also have the ability to select additional themes.
  • Session Abstract (125 word limit) - If selected, this abstract will be used in the conference book and promotional materials. Please check spelling and grammar. Abstracts may be cut and paste into the abstract submission text box, however, special formatting or symbols may be lost and/or transfer incorrectly.
  • Session Description (500-word limit)—Not required for posters - This section will provide the reviewers a more detailed description of your session. It will not be used in the conference book. The session description should explain the purpose and rationale of your session, learning objectives, and method of presentation (e.g., lecture, small group discussion)
  • Intended Audience (choose from Administrators, Established Program Directors, Faculty, and/or New Program Directors)
  • Scheduling Considerations The conference will be held the night of Thursday, June 27, all-day Friday, June 28, and half day on Saturday, June 29, 2019.   Indicate any times when you are unable to present.


Submit an abstract to present