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
Held annually the conference features sessions where students can be a presenter or moderator.
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
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
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
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
Every year the University of Virginia hosts a conference for undergraduate psychology majors.
Date: April 11, 2014
Location: Charlottesville, VA
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
Miami University holds an annual undergraduate conference on classics.
Deadline for abstracts: December 2013
Date: Spring 2014
Location: Oxford, OH
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
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
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 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.
The University at Albany (SUNY) hosts an annual conference in women's studies.
Location: Albany, NY
The American Anthropological Association sometimes has student poster sessions at its annual conference.
Date: December 3–7, 2014
Location: Washington, DC
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, http://www.aeaweb.org/students/Opportunities.php.
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 Student Assembly hosts an annual meeting every year (registration separate from APHA annual meeting).
Every year AntropoWeb hosts a student conference.
Date: October 22-24, 2014
Location: Pilsen, Czech Republic
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
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): http://www.matscitech.org/students/.
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 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 http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/.