Present Your Research
Why Present Your Research?
Presenting your research at conferences challenges you to think reflectively about your work, to develop skills in communicating your research to others, to hear about other people’s work, to network with colleagues, and frankly, to build your resume.
As always, your mentors should know about conferences where you could apply to present, particularly within your academic field. Yet there are also conferences that bring researchers together from different disciplines, like the ones mentioned below. In addition to the ones below, the Council on Undergraduate Research has an extensive list of presentation opportunities.
Remember, whether or not you are on a LUROP fellowship, you can apply for a LUROP Travel Award.
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Places to Present Your Research
- Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (April)
Applications due by February (oral presentations) and March (poster presentations)
This annual student organized event, which will be held in April 2013, brings together undergraduates from colleges and universities across Chicago. Students will have the opportunity to participate in poster presentations, oral presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking sessions. Applications are due for the oral presentations in February, and poster presentation applications will be due in March, 2013.
- Clement S. Stacy Memorial Undergraduate Research Conference, Purdue University Calumet (April)
Applications due Feb.
The Purdue University School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences is very pleased to announce the 21st Annual Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The conference invites the participation of students majoring in any of the disciplines found in the School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.
The conference will take place at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana, not far from Chicago. Click here for guidelines on submitting an abstract to apply for the conference. Applications are due Feb. 8.
- TEDxLUC (March)
WANTED: PEOPLE WITH AN IDEA WORTH SPREADING.
Throughout the summer, a small team of Loyola students and staff has been working to bring a TED event to Loyola’s campus, TEDxLUC. While not a traditional research conference, TED events have become reknowned for producing compelling talks on a wide range of subjects. As a researcher, this may be an ideal venue for you to challenge yourself to present your work to a broad audience through an oral presentation.
TED is a nonprofit that started in 1984 as a conference on ideas pertaining to the fields of technology, entertainment, and design. TED presentations are short talks given by people with ideas to share. Today, TED hosts conferences all over the world and has created the TEDTalks video site (www.ted.com) to provide access to anyone interested in discovering influential new ideas.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxLUC where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxLUC event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TED has licensed us to have an event with a live audience capacity of 100 individuals. TEDxLUC would be an opportunity to bring together a diverse group that includes but is not limited to undergrads, graduate students, faculty, merit staff, non-exempt staff, alumni, community leaders, and faith representatives within the Loyola community to share and bring extraordinary ideas to life.
TEDxLUC would empower individuals to showcase the ideas that drive their passions in order to create action and positive change in the world and in their own community.
But we can’t make all of this happen without your help. The planning committee is looking for speakers to present a short talk at the event in March. We are hoping to find speakers to present on a broad array of topics- anything that excites you! Speakers should be able to keep an audience engaged while they argue and idea or tell a story for less than 18 minutes. Stage presence is a must, and visual aids are welcome (a projection screen will be available). While TED’s policies do now allow compensation for speakers, we ask you to consider sharing an idea you are passionate about with an engaged, eager audience.
Know someone with an innovative sustainability initiative? Think one of your friends should get her 15 minutes of fame for starting a great community organization? Have a professor who has a fascinating story to tell? Spread the word! Speakers can be any age with any idea or story!
If you are interested in speaking please send a short bio (no more than 200 words) and a video clip (no more than 2 minutes) of yourself presenting a summary of your proposed topic to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to apply to speak and have more than one idea, please send them in separate emails. Feel free to email with any questions as well.
Visit www.tedxluc.com to learn more.
If you’re still a little confused about what a TED talk is all about, this New Yorker piece details 5 popular presentations ranging from scientific to story-telling: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/07/five-key-ted-talks.html.
- The Carroll Round Conference of International Economics (April, applications rolling)
Applications accepted on a rolling basis (so apply soon)
The Carroll Round is an annual international economics conference at Georgetown University that provides a unique forum for research and discussion among the world’s top undergraduates. The goal of the Carroll Round is to foster the exchange of ideas among leading undergraduate international economics and political economy students by encouraging and supporting the pursuit of scholarly innovation in the field.
The conference encourages an informed and productive dialogue about global economic issues by bringing together participants and prominent members of the academic and policy-making communities through presentations, discussions, and lectures.
As an academic conference, the Carroll Round revolves around the presentation and discussion of original research by undergraduates. Students present their findings in journal-length articles and summarize their project in discussion panels moderated by economics professors and practitioners. Papers focus on a wide variety of the latest topics within International Economics.
In the past, the conference has been held in April. For more information, visit their website.
- National Conference of Undergraduate Research, (April)
Applications due by late November
The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), now in its 27th year, will take place on April 11 – 13, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. 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 opens on October 1, 2012 and closes on December 4, 2012.
In addition to the presentation of student work, NCUR 2013 will feature plenary speakers Will Steger (polar explorer), Hazel Barton (cave microbiologist), and Bill Miller (singer/songwriter). One of the more recent additions to the conference is a graduate school fair. The fair will enable undergraduates to talk with graduate representatives of upwards of 100 of the nation’s leading graduate programs.
For more information about the NCUR, see:
- Midwest Economics Association Conference (March)
Applications due in November
The Midwest Economics Association invites undergraduates to present their essays at special undergraduate sessions of the annual meeting March 22-24, in Columbus, OH. An award of $200 goes to the best undergraduate essay. Although the regular deadline is Oct. 17, the deadline for undergraduate submission is Nov. 15. The application includes an abstract and submission form.
- Posters on the Hill, (March)
In the Spring of 2013 the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its 17th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event will help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact. There will be two student presentation sessions, a luncheon panel and poster session for arts and humanities students, and an evening poster session and reception for science and social sciences students.
CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR's disciplinal divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). Each abstract should explain the work that was performed and discuss the importance of the work to society (i.e., what larger problem were you trying to solve or understand?).
Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using an online submission form. Once you submit your abstract you will receive an email confirmation that they have received it, please note you will also receive an email for partically completed submissions which include instructions on how to login to complete the application (be sure to read these emails carefully to ensure you have a complete submission). An email confirmation will also be sent to the Advisor listed on your application. Their email will include directions on how to upload an electronic letter of recommendation. This letter must be submitted no later than November 8, 2012, and must be on institution letterhead. Abstracts that are received for which no letter of recommendation has been submitted will not be considered.
To apply, click the following link, read carefully the call for abstracts, FAQs, and information required for submission, then begin your online submission form. Note that your professor can't submit their letter of recommendation before you submit your abstract, so be sure to ask them for a letter of recommendation right away and submit your abstract as soon as possible. Good luck!
- Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting (May)
The 2013 Midwestern Psychological Association's annual meeting was held May 2-4, 2013 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.
The purpose of the MPA annual meeting is to share research across all areas of psychology. The annual meeting features invited addresses and talks from leading psychologists across the United States, papers and posters addressing a wide range of topics in currnt psychological science, workshops addrssing the teaching of psychology, research methods, and statistics, and discussion groups, roundtables, and social events where members can share ideas and interests.
Undergraduates are welcome to attend. Although undergraduates cannot be MPA members, they can (and should) register for the Annual Meeting in advance.Undergraduate registration is available here.
Undergraduates are also welcome to present research. Undergraduates who have collaborated on faculty-generated research may be coauthors on MPA papers as long as the MPA member is also an author and present at the meeting. Undergraduates presenting their own research should submit to the Psi Chi portion of the meeting. Click here for instructions.