National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)



The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will be held April 4-7, 2018, in Edmond, OK.  The conference is open to all disciplines and approximately 4000 students from across the nation will be in attendance.  Students will present their work in a variety of formats, including oral, poster, visual arts, and performing arts.  In addition to the presentation symposia, there will be a graduate school fair, student interest sessions, and plenary speakers.  The program for last spring’s conference may be found here.

The Southern Miss Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) is pleased to be able to pay the travel expenses for four students to present papers at NCUR.  Students who would like to be considered should submit paper abstracts to DCUR by November 3, 2017 following the guidelines given below.  A panel of DCUR Steering Committee members will select four based on quality and diversity.  Those abstracts will in turn be submitted to NCUR by December 5, 2017.  If accepted by the national conference, the first author of each paper will be provided transportation by van as well as housing (shared rooms) and a small per diem for meals.  Conference registration will also be covered.

Abstract Guidelines

  1. Provide a title for the paper along with the name and departmental affiliations of all authors.
  2. Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project.
  3. Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations are required) that demonstrates its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry.
  4. Provide a brief description of the research methodology.
  5. State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed.
  6. Include text only (no images or graphics); at the end of the abstract you may provide a link to online documentation, formulas, images, music files, etc. in support of your submission.
  7. Use only plain text format for your abstract.  Do not use special characters (e.g., scientific symbols) nor employ paragraph breaks.
  8. Maximum word count is 300 words.
  9. A brief statement from the faculty mentor stating their support (in a separate email to

Abstracts should be emailed as a Word document (not a PDF) to by 5pm on November 3, 2017.