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National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), now in its 28th year, will take place on April 3-6, 2014 at the University of Kentucky. Open to undergraduates in all disciplinary areas, this seminal undergraduate research event, expected to draw over 3000 students and faculty, enables undergraduates to present the results of their research in oral and poster presentation formats, through performances and in artwork exhibits. Abstract submission closes on December 6, 2013. In addition to the presentation of student work, NCUR 2014 will feature plenary speakers and a graduate school fair will enable undergraduates to talk with graduate representatives of upwards of 100 of the nation’s leading graduate programs.

Just like last year, LUROP is going to arrange and pay for poster printing, travel and hotel costs for any Loyola student (up to 30 students) accepted to present. Students will be responsible for a registration fee ($185) and any food costs. We will travel as a group via charter bus, leaving on the afternoon of April 2nd, and returning late in the evening of April 4th (students will not present on Saturday, April 5th). If you apply, be sure to include the contact information for your mentor and lurop@luc.edu so that we receive notification. You are highly encouraged to refer to the LUROP workshop resources on writing an effective research abstract before submitting your application.

To learn more about NCUR, visit the NCUR webpage.

To apply, read the abstract requirements below, click here and read further, create an account at the top of the page, and then submit your abstract. After you apply, send an e-mail to lurop@luc.edu so that we can keep track of applicants.


Abstracts should:

  1. State, in clear terms, the central research question and the purpose of the research.
  2. Provide a brief discussion of the research methodology.
  3. State conclusions and significance.
  4. Include text only (no images or graphics)
  5. Be well organized.
Other formatting guidelines:
  1. References are allowed within abstracts, but not required.
  2. All formatting and special characters (e.g., scientific symbols) will not be processed by the form. Your abstract text should be in plain text format.  There is space in the form to include a link to online documentation, formulas, images, music files, etc. in support of your submission.  You may otherwise use this space to provide a link to a location where your abstract can be viewed in its original form.
  3. There is a 450-word limit for each abstract.
You will need to have the following information available when submitting your abstract:
  1. Name and e-mail address for each faculty mentor and co-author
  2. Undergraduate Research Office Coordinator name, e-mail address, and phone number
  3. Presentation type: oral, poster, visual arts, or performing arts
  4. Field of study (See below for the complete list.)