National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
NCUR is an annual conference for primary research and artistic performance by undergraduate students, encompassing the natural and social sciences, the humanities, the arts, and engineering. Since its beginnings the conference has enjoyed the active support of major American colleges and universities. The University of Rochester Office of Undergraduate Research began sending students to NCUR in 1991. You can find out more about NCUR by visiting the NCUR website.
Student investigators can present their work at NCUR as an oral presentation or in a poster format.*
Thinking of applying to NCUR? You can also apply for travel support from the UR!
The amount of the travel award is determined in advance by the Office of Undergraduate Research; it will be revised each year based on airfare, average hotel cost, etc.
For NCUR 2019, there will be 25 awards of $1000 each.
The application opens on November 1, 2019 and closes at midnight on Sunday, November 25 (the Sunday after Thanksgiving). Yes, that means that you'll have to apply for funding before you know whether you've been accepted by the conference.
You can certainly elect to apply to NCUR directly; however, the UR will not be able to assist you with travel funds should you do so. In order to be considered for funding, you must first submit an NCUR Travel Award Application.
Preference will be given to students who:
- have never been to NCUR before;
- have never received a Research Presentation Award;
- do not have access to present at a discipline-specific professional meeting or conference (i.e., professional conferences that accept presentations by undergraduates: BMES, Grace Hopper, AIChE, etc.)
Based on attendees from previous years, we expect to have funds remaining after accepting students fitting the criteria above. Any remaining funds will be distributed via lottery by descending class year (first to seniors, then juniors, then sophomores, then first-year students). All remaining applicants will be put on a waitlist and will be notified should a student who has been promised funding be unable to accept for any reason.
You will be notified by December 1 whether you will receive a travel award. You must still apply to NCUR through their online application system. The award is contingent on your application to give a talk or poster being accepted by NCUR. If you do not receive a travel award, you are welcome to apply to NCUR and attend the conference, but support for the trip will not come from the College.
*The research you hope to present at NCUR may have taken place anywhere; it is not necessary that it was done at or even through the University of Rochester. Likewise, your letter of support may come from either Rochester faculty or your research advisor with whom you worked (wherever that may have been).