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National Conference on Undergraduate Research

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research is an annual student conference dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from institutions of higher learning from all corners of the academic curriculum. This annual conference 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 2017 will be held at the University of Memphis, in Memphis,TN, on April 6-8, 2017.  Online abstract submission opens October 3, 2016. The submission deadline is December 2, 2016. Abstracts accepted by NCUR may undergo an internal review process to determine eligibility for travel funding. Those abstracts may be uploaded here, beginning January 25, 2017.  * When applying for NCUR, please list Evie Russell as the Campus Coordinator on the application. This will help us keep track of all applications. 

CUR - The Council on Undergraduate Research, founded in 1978, is a national organization representing over 900 colleges and universities and 8,000 individual faculty memberships. Their mission is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. CUR sponsors the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research. 

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is a national professional (membership) organization designed to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. Since 2011, the UK Office of Undergraduate Research has been a member of CUR through the Kentucky system-wide Institutional membership, contracted by the Council on Post-secondary Education (CPE). As of July 1, 2015, we are pleased to announce that the University of Kentucky has become an Enhanced Institutional Member. Enhanced Institutional Membership allows ANY faculty member, student, or staff member from our institution to join the Council on Undergraduate Research at no additional cost to the individual. All other membership benefits of the institutional membership also apply to the enhanced membership. For more information about CUR and memberships, see  

How to become a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), under the UK Enhanced Membership, 2015-2016

We invite you to join CUR by following these steps: 

        1.) Go to
        3.) In online application, be sure to use the scroll list to SELECT INSTITUTION - UNIVERSITY OF 
             KENTUCKY (this should activate the no-cost feature). 

Note: the URPD is the DIVISION for members who want to participate as general undergraduate research. Otherwise, select a division that corresponds with your discipline/major.