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National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Application Guidelines

The research you'd like 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).

There is a two-stage process* to apply to attend NCUR with the University of Rochester. The first stage consists of sending a proposal to the Office of Undergraduate Research. This proposal is evaluated and used to seek funding for the trip.

If your proposal is of reasonable quality and there are funds to support the trip, you will be requested to send an abstract to NCUR. In this second stage of selection, the NCUR organizing committee will review all abstracts sent to them and notify students selected to give talks/posters. At that point, the detailed planning of the trip begins.

Procedure to apply to attend NCUR with UR support:*

  1. Download the NCUR Proposal and fill it out. Send the modified file (please "Save As..." "NCUR proposal YOUR NAME) and a brief CV or résumé as attachments to with the subject line "NCUR proposal – your name here". This file must be received before midnight on the submission due date for your proposal to be considered.
  2. Request your faculty/research advisor to send an email (or attached letter of support) separately to Tell them that through this letter the Office of Undergraduate Research seeks a brief evaluation as to the suitability of this work to be presented in the context of an undergraduate research conference. Kindly request your faculty/research advisor to email the Office of Undergraduate Research before midnight on the submission due date.
  3. Applications with a filled-out proposal file, a CV/résumé and a letter of support from a faculty or research advisor will be considered complete. All students with complete applications will be notified about the status of their proposal according to the UR NCUR timeline. This determines whether or not the Office of Undergraduate Research will support their trip to NCUR if their abstract submission to the conference is successful.*
  4. Students with successful proposals in this first stage will be encouraged to submit an abstract to the NCUR conference. The NCUR organizing committee will review these abstracts and select those they wish to present at the conference. Abstract submissions to the NCUR conference must be in by the NCUR deadline for abstract submissions.

*You can certainly elect to apply to NCUR directly; however, the University of Rochester will not be able to assist you with travel funds or include you in group travel arrangements (flight, hotel, etc.) should you elect to do so. In order to be considered for funding, you must apply through the Office of Undergraduate Research.