National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

ATTENTION: If you have been accepted to the 2020 NCUR Conference at Montana State University, do NOT make any logistical plans (registration, hotel, etc.) until you speak with the Office of Undergraduate Research (



NCUR 2019 student group University of Kentucky

NCUR 2018 undergraduate research UK student presentation


What is NCUR: An annual student conference dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study. NCUR is hosted at a different University in the United States each year. UK hosted NCUR in 2014. 

Who attends NCUR: Young scholars from institutions of higher learning from all corners of the academic curriculum and their mentors.

Why attend NCUR: 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.




When is NCUR 2020:  March 26-28, 2020

Where is NCUR:



  • Students must first register with the Office of Undergraduate Research before submitting abstracts to NCUR to be eligible to receive funding
  • Students apply for NCUR by submitting an abstract that describes their work through the NCUR website. 
  • NCUR 2020 Abstract Guidelines - Abstracts are usually 200-300 words in length, no longer than 300 words. Completed papers are NOT submitted for review.
  • Application Requirement: When applying for NCUR, please list Evie Russell as the Campus Coordinator on the application. This will help us keep track of all applications. 
  • At the time the abstract is submitted the student must supply the name of a faculty member who mentored the submitted work, indicate the name of the discipline that best represents their work, and say whether they wish to present at a poster session or on an oral presentation panel.
  • Projects may be presented as oral presentations, poster presentations, or performing/visual arts presentations.



  • Abstract Call for Submissions Opens: September 30, 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: December 6, 2019
  • Notified By: January 21, 2020 (If you plan to apply for funding through the UGR Office do NOT register or make travel arrangements for NCUR on your own!) 
  • Apply for Funding through UGR Office: February 5, 2020 -- (Abstracts accepted by NCUR may undergo an internal review process to determine eligibility for travel funding)   
  • Poster Printing Deadline: March 11, 2020
  • Event Date: Wednesday, March 25 - Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Montana State University; Bozeman, MT



NCUR 2020 - Montana State University

Please visit the official NCUR website for more information on the conference

Abstract Guidelines

Oral Presentations

Poster Presentations

Visual Arts Presentations

Performing Arts Presentation




Upload it Here no later than Friday, March 11, 2020 at 11:59PM! 

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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, 2017-2018

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.