Present Your Research at a Conference

Academic conferences present students with an important opportunity to share research with other undergraduates and faculty members.  Conference presentations are an important part of professionalization, and they offer the chance to receive valuable feedback on your work.  You explain your methodology and respond to questions about your findings, deepening your understanding of your research.  Conferences also allow you to see what your peers are researching, network, and gain valuable experience to highlight on a resume or graduate school application!

Undergraduate Research Day
Held each year on the Wednesday before Maryland Day, Undergraduate Research Day offers all undergraduates an opportunity to present their research to their peers and professors. A call for proposals is issued in March, and students submit abstracts summarizing their research projects. Participation is free, and nearly 400 students present their work annually.
Date: April 29, 2015
Location: University of Maryland - Stamp Ballroom

National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Perhaps the longest-running national conference to address undergraduate research, NCUR features presentations, scholarship, and performances in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and arts. The conference features poster and oral presentations by more than a thousand students.  Presenters also may submit their findings for publication in each year’s Conference Proceedings.  A university-wide call for proposals is issued each winter, and proposals are evaluated by faculty members.  

Date: April 16-18, 2015
Location: Eastern Washington University [Washington State]
Abstract deadline: December 2, 2014

Sigma Xi Annual Meeting & International Research Conference
Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are nearly 60,000 Sigma Xi members in more than 100 countries around the world. Sigma Xi chapters, more than 500 in all, can be found at colleges and universities, industrial research centers and government laboratories. The Society endeavors to encourage support of original work across the spectrum of science and technology and to promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress. Sigma Xi sponsors several programs enabling undergraduates to present their research.

Date:  November 2014 (Phoenix, Arizona)

Posters on the Hill
The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts this annual event to honor undergraduate researchers from the Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences.  Students present their research on posters to an audience which includes members of Congress and congressional staff. 
Deadline for applications: November 5, 2014
Date: April 16-17, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

ACC Meeting of the Minds
ACC is an annual conference which draws presenters from the twelve universities and colleges that comprise the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Created to highlight the academic excellence that characterizes each ACC institution, the ACC Meeting of the Minds features oral presentations in all academic disciplines as well as artistic performances and exhibitions.  Each winter proposals are solicited and evaluated by faculty reviewers.
Date: TBD 2015

Location: North Carolina State University

National Collegiate Honors Council

Held annually the conference features sessions where students can be a presenter or moderator. 

AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall Meeting

The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences, attracting nearly 20,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students, and policy makers.  The meeting showcases current scientific theory focused on discoveries that wil benefit humanity and ensure a sustainable future for our planet. They welcome submissions from students and have several events directed towards students, including a Student Breakfast, Career Opportunity Networking Lunch, and Career Fair.

Date: August 15-19, 2014

Location: San Francisco, CA     

248th ACS (American Chemical Society) National Meeting & Exposition: Chemistry and Global Stewardship

Undergraduates are invited to the fall ACS national meeting which hosts sessions specifically for undergraduates, including a an undergraduate poster session and a graduate school information session.

Date: August 10-14, 2014

Location: San Francisco, CA

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
Now in its fourteenth year, ABRCMS is the largest, professional conference for biomedical and behavioral sciences students, including mathematics.
Date: November 12 - 15, 2014
Location: San Antonio, Texas

BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) Annual Meeting: From Womb to Tomb: Mechanobiology of Generation, Regeneration, and Degeneration

The BMES Annual Meeting is now accepting research submissions from undergraduates.  The conference will feature more than 1,500 poster presentations and hundreds of oral presentations on all aspects of biomedical engineering.  There will also be a Career Day for students.

Date: October 22-25, 2014

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center; San Antonio, Texas

Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

CUWiP is a three-day conference for undergraduate physics majors in the southeastern United States.

Deadline for registration: October 31, 2014 (applicants who desire a travel award need to apply sooner)

Date: January 16-18, 2014

Locations: North Carolina Research Triangle; Purdue University (Indiana); Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Michigan; University of Mississippi; University of Texas at Brownsville; Yale University

L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference

Every year the University of Virginia hosts a conference for undergraduate psychology majors.

Date: April 11, 2014

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Mint Museum Regional Collegiate Art History Symposium

Each year in the spring the Mint Museum holds a conference to showcase art history students' research on works of art from the Museum's collections or the artists represented within them.

Date: March 2014

Location: TBD

Miami University of Ohio Department of Classics Annual Undergraduate Classics Conference

Miami University holds an annual undergraduate conference on classics.

Deadline for abstracts: December 2013

Date: Spring 2014

Location: Oxford, OH

The Eastern Communication Association Undergraduate Scholars Conference

USC is held annually in conjunction with the Eastern Communication Association's annual conference

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2014

Date: April 22-26, 2015

Location: Philadelphia, PA

National Undergraduate Literature Conference

The conference is held annually and only accepts submissions from undergraduates, offering them an opportunity to present papers which are critical and/or creative.  It is held annually during April at Weber State University in Utah and undergraduates from any university may submit papers. The conference organizers hope to bring the best undergraduates from around the country to present papers and hear some of the most important writers in contemporary literature.

Date: April 1-4, 2015

Location: Ogden, UT

Undergraduate Literature & Creative Writing Conference

Undergraduates from around the country are invited to submit papers to the eighth annual conference: "Freedom and Responsibility." They invite papers from the point of view of readers, creative writers, literary critics, and future teachers.  All types of literature and all methods of study, including interdisciplinary approaches, are welcome.  Creative writing can take any number of forms from poetry to prose fiction to literary journalism.

Deadline: December 15, 2014

Date:  March 16, 2015

Location: Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA)

The Congress on Research in Dance Conferences: Joint conference with Society of Dance History Scholars

The Congress on Research in Dance is a nonprofit organization that fosters opportunities for dance professionals to exchange ideas.  Students may become members and present at their annual or special topics conference in November 2014.

Date: November 13-16, 2014
Location: Iowa State University, Iowa City, IA

Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta presents special programs at the annual meetings of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, the Western History Association, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, the Missouri Valley Historical Conference, the Southwestern Social Sciences Association, and many state Historical associations. Phi Alpha Theta sponsors paper sessions at many of these professional conferences, enabling students to present their research and receive critical evaluation from faculty from a wide variety of institutions of higher learning.
American Historical Association Annual Meeting, “History and the Other Disciplines,” January 2-5, 2015, New York, NY.

Women's Studies Student Conference

The University at Albany (SUNY) hosts an annual conference in women's studies.

Date: Fall

Location: Albany, NY

113th  AAA Annual Meeting Call for Papers; Producing Anthropology

The American Anthropological Association sometimes has student poster sessions at its annual conference.

Date: December 3–7, 2014 

Location: Washington, DC

American Economic Association (AEA)

Several economics associations invite undergraduates to present essays at their annual meetings. The AEA maintains a list of these conferences with links to their website.  See,

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
The APHA Scientific Sessions are developed from abstracts that are submitted to APHA Sections, SPIGs, Caucuses, Forums and the Student Assembly during the abstract submission process.
Date: November 15-19, 2014
Place: New Orleans, Louisiana

American Public Health Association Annual National Student Meeting

American Public Health Association Student Assembly hosts an annual meeting every year (registration separate from APHA annual meeting). 

Cost: Free

“Quo vadis anthropology”: International Student's Science Conference of AntropoWeb

Every year AntropoWeb hosts a student conference.

Date: October 22-24, 2014

Location: Pilsen, Czech Republic

American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Conferences: 106th Annual Conference & Expo

The AAFCS has a student unit and encourages students to attend the many conferences it hosts throughout the year.  They promise “content-rich sessions and networking opportunities for FCS students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas.”  See their events page
Date: June 24 - 27, 2015
Location: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville, FL

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME offers students membership in the organization and holds student paper/poster sessions at its conferences. ASME has many conferences during the year, see their calendar for a complete list.

ASM International—The Materials Information Society

ASM offers student memberships.  At their annual conference, they host a number of events specifically for student members, including a leadership workshop, several networking sessions, a career forum, a graduate school information session, a recruitment and career pavilion, and a poster contest):

Society for Biological Engineering

SBE has a student membership.  Every year it hosts a student conference.  Check out their events page for more details:

American Institute of Chemical Engineers:4th International Conference on Accelerating Biopharmaceutical Development

AIChE has a student membership and hosts an annual student conference. For more details about the conference, check out their events page:

Date: March 1-4, 2015

Location: Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas, Scottsdale, AZ

2014 AIChE Annual Meeting
Date: November 16-21, 2014
Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis; Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

IEEE offers student memberships.  It hosts a number of conferences every year each of which has events specifically for students.  For a full calendar of conferences, see