The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is an annual conference promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study. Through this gathering of more than 4,000 young scholars, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.
NCUR 2016 will be held in Asheville, North Carolina April 7-9, 2016. With the conference only 90 minutes away, we want to encourage our students to present their research and represent the University of Tennessee at NCUR.
Student presentations are welcome in all fields and disciplines from the creative and performing arts to biomedical, humanities, business, education, engineering, and social science research. The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research provides a wonderful opportunity for your students: (1) to meet peers and faculty from around the country working in similar research fields; (2) to learn about how research and scholarship is conducted in a wide range of fields from the humanities and creative arts to the life sciences and engineering; (3) to learn about graduate school and employment opportunities from our presenters; and (4) to develop presentation skills. All student abstracts and applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee from the host institution. Students presenting at the National Conference have the option of doing either an oral or poster presentation.
As part of the National Conferences, sessions targeted specifically for faculty and administrators are also offered. These sessions are designed to share best practices for undergraduate research and scholarship and provide opportunities for faculty and administrators to meet and share information. The sessions are sponsored by the Faculty and Administrators Network (FAN) and take place during the break between student presentations each day. The call for proposals for these sessions occurs at the same time as the student call for proposals.
The deadline for students to submit research abstracts is Wednesday, December 2, 2015. The Office of Undergraduate Research will provide partial travel scholarships for up to 60 UT students to attend NCUR.
The deadline for faculty to submit an abstract for professional development sessions and workshops is Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Topics must be based on one of the five Council on Undergraduate Research’s Strategic Pillars.
Please encourage your students to attend NCUR. Non-presenting students may also attend – registration opens January 25. For more information, visit our website http://ugresearch.utk.edu/ncur/.