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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.


NCUR 2021 Deadlines

Submission Details

  • Step 1 - Register with the Office of Undergraduate Research 

  • Step 2 - Create a new NCUR 2021 account on the NCUR Registration Portal. Note: A new NCUR account must be created each year; information does not carry over from year to year.

  • Step 3 - Students apply for NCUR by submitting an abstract that describes their work through the NCUR website. Up to two abstracts per primary author are permitted. There is no limit on the number of abstracts co-authored abstracts.


NCUR 2021 Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts are usually 200-300 words in length, no longer than 300 words. Completed papers are NOT submitted for review.

Guidelines for humanities, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Guidelines for visual arts

Guidelines for architecture

Guidelines for performing arts

Important formatting guidelines for all


  • Application Requirement: When applying for NCUR, to be eligible for funding to NCUR 2021 you MUST list Evie Russell as the UK 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 state whether they wish to present on an oral presentation panel or at a poster session.



  • Abstract Call for Submissions Opens: September 30, 2020

    • ​Application Requirement: When applying for NCUR, to be eligible for funding to NCUR 2021 you MUST list Evie Russell as the UK Campus Coordinator on the application. This will help us keep track of all applications. 

  • Early Decision Abstract Submission*: November 1, 2020  --  *Early Decision notifications will be sent on December 7, 2020

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020  --  Notifications will be sent on January 15, 2021

  • Registration Deadline: January 31, 2021 -- to be eligible for funding to cover registration fees, forward acceptance email to

  • Event Dates: April 12-14, 2021

NCUR 2021 @Home: FAQ

Thanks for your interest in NCUR 2021 At Home! This page was created to answer some immediate questions you may have about our transition to a virtual event for the upcoming conference. There are many moving pieces in this process so more information will be added to these and the NCUR webpage as it becomes available. Please sign up to receive updates here and check back here frequently for updates.

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NCUR 2021

The 35th annual National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will be held virtually — from wherever is comfortable with a Wifi connection—in 2021. CUR has been monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation for many months and has made the decision that the safest way to hold NCUR is in the digital space.

So, what does this mean for you?

You can expect to apply for and attend NCUR just as you would any other year but from the comfort of your home. No traveling or hotels required. You will have the option to present a digital poster, give an oral presentation, showcase an art display or performing arts presentation, and more. 

All these details and more will be released in the coming weeks and months on the official NCUR website. You can also sign up for the NCUR Student Program Emails HERE and be the first to know about any updates (this is supported by the Council on Undergraduate Research and not the UK Office of Undergraduate Research).

NCUR 2018 undergraduate research

NCUR 2020 Student Spotlights

Join the UK Office of Undergraduate Research in recognizing and celebrating UK's  < F I F T Y > outstanding undergraduate research students who were selected to present their faculty-mentored research at the now-cancelled national conference and also represent the University of Kentucky on a national level!  NCUR 2020 was cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Present Your Research at NCUR.

NCUR 2018 group
Guys at 2018 NCUR
Diana S physics NCUR 2019 poster presentation
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