Conference Presentations

Presenting your research at an academic conference, whether orally or through a poster, is a great way to showcase your research and receive feedback to challenge and push you in new directions. Presenting at conferences also facilitates building networks of academics and practitioners in your chosen field or discipline. Check out the list below that highlights Notre Dame and outside conferences.

Need help locating potential conferences where you can present your undergraduate research? Browse the following list of conferences that are dedicated specifically to showcasing undergraduate research. 

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  5. STEM
  6. Special Focus/Other

@ Notre Dame

College of Science Joint Annual Meeting 
The intent of COS-JAM is to highlight the achievements of undergraduate students conducting research in all disciplines of science. Students present their original scientific research with faculty and students, in either an oral or poster format.

Human Development Conference 
The conference is an opportunity to explore past trends in development, evaluate current best practices, and discuss the future of development after the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. They invite undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to share their research experience from a broad range of topics.

Notre Dame Student Peace Conference 
The Notre Dame Student Peace conference is an annual conference organized by students for students. Its mission is to provide space for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in dialogue on important issues related to peacebuilding, social justice, and global issues.

Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium 
All undergraduates participating in research on campus during the summer are welcome to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium by giving a poster or oral presentation.


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Butler Undergraduate Research Conference - Butler University
The Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference invites presentations of undergraduate research across a broad spectrum of disciplines at an annual spring multi-disciplinary conference in Indianapolis.

CUR Posters on the HillCouncil on Undergraduate Research
The Council on Undergraduate Research invites you to submit an abstract for the Annual Posters on the Hill. Your research should represent one of CUR’s Divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). Abstract submissions should describe your research, scholarship, or creative activity and discuss its significance to society (i.e. what larger issues or problems were you trying address or understand?; how does your work relate to current policy issues?).  As the undergraduate research community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress have a clear understanding of the research and education programs they fund, nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than a student participant's words, work, and stories.  Undergraduate research must be among the programs that members of Congress understand if it is to continue to be supported, and to grow.  CUR will invite representatives from federal funding agencies and nearby foundations, members of Congress, and Congressional staff to attend the poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs.

CUR REU Student ScholarshipCouncil on Undergraduate Research
The Council on Undergraduate Research would like to invite you to our Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium. This conference will feature keynote presentations, presentations by students from REU programs in all disciplines, sessions for REU students, faculty, and administrators, and opportunities to present to representatives from the National Science Foundation and other government agencies.  Some planned events include: opportunities to present research work in poster format to NSF program officers; sessions to learn about NSF funding for graduate study; session on career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

MOM: Meeting of the Minds ConferenceACC Academic Consortium
Undergraduate students at all ACC universities are involved in numerous projects, which provide unique contributions to research and creativity in a variety of fields. The annual ACC Meeting of the Minds conference has become an opportunity for universities in the ACC to highlight the diversity of research being conducted by undergraduates and for students to share their work with peers across the ACC. Each year, usually in late March or early April, 5-10 outstanding undergraduate researchers (accompanied by a faculty/staff member) from each ACC university gather at a host university to present their research, either verbally or as a poster.   At most universities students the student delegates are chosen through a refereeing process.  To be invited to the conference is a real honor.

National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference - National Collegiate Honors Council
This annual conference, held in the fall, gathers members from across the United States to share ideas and take part in numerous events and activities centered on honors. Students can present or act as a moderator for a general session, as well as attend hundreds of sessions, keynote speakers, and other presentations.

National Collegiate Research Conference – Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association
The National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) is a platform for undergraduates from across the nation to share their interest in research. The Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA) strongly believes that student researchers have the ability to make meaningful and significant contributions in all fields of study and to the greater body of world research knowledge. Students are not only engaging in research earlier in their careers, but they are also participating in increasing numbers. In light of this positive growth, we have identified the urgent need for a cohesive undergraduate research community.  NCRC promotes the growth of a national undergraduate research community by facilitating communication, collaboration, and identity for undergraduate students in the global research sphere.

NCURNational Council on Undergraduate Research
The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum. Through this annual conference, NCUR 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.  Student presentations are welcome in all fields and disciplines from the creative and performing arts to biomedical, engineering, and social science research. The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research is a wonderful opportunity to meet peers and faculty from around the country working in similar research fields, learn about how research and scholarship is conducted in fields very different than your own, to learn about graduate school and employment opportunities, and of course to develop your presentation skills. All abstracts and applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee from the host institution.  Students presenting at the National Conference will have the option of doing an oral or poster presentation.  As a student presenter at NCUR you will also have the opportunity to publish your work in the Conference Proceedings edited and produced annually by the University of North Carolina at Asheville and distributed across the nation. All student presenters at the Conference are invited to submit manuscripts for review by the Proceedings Board.

Texas Tech Undergraduate Research Conference – Texas Tech University
Students from Texas Tech and other universities have the opportunity to present their research, attend special sessions, and network with fellow undergraduate scholars.  Faculty and graduate students also attend and serve as reviewers or judges.

The Undergraduate Awards - Dublin, Ireland
Cited as the ultimate champion for high-potential undergraduates, The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest academic awards programme. It is uniquely pan-discipline, identifying leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. The Undergraduate Awards provides top performing students with the support, network and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths, as well as coming to Dublin for an all-expenses-paid trip to receive their medal.

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Calls for Papers in Literary Studies and Related Fields
A directory and call for papers site for conferences at all levels in literary studies and related fields (includes graduate conferences).

Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference – Purdue University Calumet
The Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference provides a forum for undergraduate scholars from across the upper Midwest in the Humanities and Social Sciences to present their projects and discuss the results of their research with fellow students and faculty mentors.

Humanities Education and Research Association Annual Conference
The HERA conference program committee maintains that individuals engaged in research and education in all fields of the humanities and liberal arts and sciences carry forward the humanities through the ages into the future. We call for papers that explore continuity and change, form and function, courage and fear, voices and unspoken presences from any individual fields of study. Our work and its vitality validates our common pursuit.

International English Honor Society Convention – Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta holds its annual international convention every spring. It is a truly wonderful event that allows hundreds of Sigma Tau Deltans from around the globe to gather in one locale, share experiences and ideas, be recognized for their achievements, and participate in the official side of the Society. At the convention, opportunities abound to meet face to face with other students, faculty, and respected authors, make new friends, discuss the disciplines of the English language and literature, and enjoy the offerings of the convention's location.

Liberal Arts Institute Student Conference - Association for Core Texts and Courses
ACTC Student Conferences are offered every other year as a function of cooperative support between ACTC’s Liberal Arts Institute and sponsoring and co-sponsoring institutions. Structured much like the annual conferences, these meetings are marked by paper that are short, five-pages, and center on a core text. The papers and panels emphasize reflection by students on the relation between the core text(s) that they have read and their entire baccalaureate experience. The conference is designed to emphasize essay writing. The best three papers of each conference are published by the Agora, an online, peer/professor-reviewed, student journal of Lynchburg College, which specializes in responses to the great books of the world.

National History Honor Society Convention – Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta holds its biennial convention every other January. The conference promotes the study of history through encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Phi Alpha Theta seeks to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by their members.

National Undergraduate Literature Conference – Weber State University
Each year, nearly 200 undergraduate writers and poets throughout North America, and sometimes beyond, come to Weber State University to present their work and learn from some of the most important writers in contemporary literature.

Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies – Moravian College
Undergraduates from Pennsylvania colleges and around the country present at this annual conference on medieval and early modern studies. Students from fields such as art history, English, history, music, philosophy, religion, and languages present fifteen minute oral presentations. Groups of students can also present forty-five minute musical or dramatic presentations.


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Social Sciences

Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference – Purdue University Calumet
The Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference provides a forum for undergraduate scholars from across the upper Midwest in the Humanities and Social Sciences to present their projects and discuss the results of their research with fellow students and faculty mentors.

L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference - University of Virginia
This annual conference is open to undergraduates from both U.S. and international institutions. Students can submit either an oral or poster presentation; however, oral presentations can have only one author and a student’s name may only be listed on one poster presentation. Presentation content should bear on psychological theory and involve empirical analysis. Two prizes, Jefferson cups, are given out: one to a University of Virginia student and one to a student from another institution.

Midwest Model European Union - Indiana University - Bloomington
Every April, more than 160 college and university students meet to decide the future of the European Union. Playing the roles of prime ministers & presidents, ambassadors & commissioners, ministers & diplomats, they spend three days haggling over policy, resolving disputes, building compromises, and charting the course of European unity.

North Central Student Sociology Conference - North Central Sociological Association
The NCSA is a regional sociology association including: Eastern Illinois, Indiana,  Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada. Undergraduates may present individual round table presentations or individual poster presentations.

Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference - University of California, Los Angeles
The Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference was created in 1992 by Dr. Elizabeth Bjork with the objective of creating opportunities for undergraduate research assistants to develop their presentation skills and share their research efforts with their peers and colleagues. Students present their research as posters or paper talks during a day-long event. In addition to fostering undergraduate professionalism, PURC has proven to be a meaningful and exciting forum for students from UCLA and other colleges to communicate their research activities with one another.

Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union - Scripps College - Claremont, California
This is an annual conference held every April dedicated to undergraduate research on the European Union. The goal of the conference is to enhance training and knowledge of the European Union and US-European relations. The sponsors envision it as a space to meet other students and faculty, as well as foster intercampus cooperation. Faculty mentors of students are invited to attend. Oral presentations are organized into panels of three to five students that are moderated by a faculty member.

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AAAS Annual MeetingAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science
The AAAS Annual Meeting is interdisciplinary and inclusive—all members of the science and technology community are welcome to join us. Every year, thousands of leading scientists, engineers, educators, policymakers, and journalists gather from around the world to discuss recent developments in science and technology. The meeting includes symposia, career development workshops, an international Exhibit Hall, poster sessions, Family Science Days, and more. The Annual Meeting is also an opportunity to network with your colleagues and with leaders in the science and technology community.  The Annual Meeting provides many opportunities for students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Present in the Student Poster Competition to get feedback on your research from leading scientists and engineers.  Each poster category will have a winner and an honorable mention. Winners receive a cash prize; their names and poster title printed in Science; a recognition certificate; and a year-long subscription to Science. Honorable mentions have their names and poster title printed in Science and receive a certificate.

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences, attracting more than 24,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students, and other leaders. For 46 years, energized and passionate Earth and space scientists from around the world gather at the AGU Fall Meeting to connect with colleagues, broaden their knowledge base, and embrace the joy of science. With more than 1700 sessions, AGU Fall Meeting’s scientific program spans the Earth and space sciences, offering something for everyone no matter their scientific discipline. The meeting offers a unique mix of more than 23,000 oral and poster presentations, a broad range of general sessions, more than 50 formal and informal networking and career advancement opportunities, and an exhibit hall packed with nearly 300 exhibitors showcasing new and relevant research tools and services that could help scientists and researchers streamline their work.

Annual and Regional Student ConferencesAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers
The Annual Student Conference is four days of career information, social events, competitions, and fun. Student engineers from more than 150 schools celebrate the Chemical Engineering profession, along with young professional members, AIChE leaders, and industry professionals from numerous engineering specialties. Students are able to meet new friends and discover the exciting benefits of AIChE membership.

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority StudentsAmerican Society for Microbiology
Now in its fifteenth year, ABRCMS is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented minority students, military veterans, and persons with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). ABRCMS attracts approximately 3,600 individuals, including 1,900 undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1,300 faculty, program directors and administrators. Students come from over 350 U.S. colleges and universities. All are pursuing advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and many have conducted independent research.  During the four-day conference, over 1,700 students participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics. All undergraduate student presentations are judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline and in each educational level will be given an award during the final banquet.

Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting
The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is an interdisciplinary society established on February 1, 1968, in response to a manifest need to provide a society representing both biomedical and engineering interests. The ongoing vision of the Society is to be recognized as the preeminent professional society for biomedical engineering and bioengineering. The Society’s mission is to provide value to its members and other constituencies by promoting the increase and utilization of biomedical engineering and bioengineering knowledge and by working for the advancement of the profession.

Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America - Mathematical Association of America
This meeting presents an opportunity for students to give a talk on their research or teaching interests. Students are able to meet future colleagues and make research connections. Not only is registration free, but student speakers receive a coupon good for a free, or significantly discounted, book at the meeting on-site book sale also.

Indiana Collegiate Mathematics CompetitionMathematical Association of America

The Indiana Collegiate Mathematics Competition, often referred to as the ICMC, is a team-based competition for students from area colleges and universities that typically takes place during the spring meeting of the Indiana Section of the MAA. In this competition, students spend two hours working in teams of up to three members to solve a series of questions on a wide range of mathematical topics. The ICMC began in 1966 and is still going strong!

Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics ConferenceRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
This annual conference brings undergraduates from all over the United States to present their work on mathematics and statistics. Undergraduate papers are presented as twenty minute oral presentations and can come from REUs, senior theses, class projects, or independent study. The conference also features a predictive analytics competition sponsored by Allstate Insurance that results in monetary prizes for the top three teams.

Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics ConferenceJames Madison University
James Madison University’s annual conference invites undergraduates from all over the country to give fifteen minutes oral presentations or expository poster presentations on their mathematics or statistics work. The conference also includes invited talks aimed at a general mathematics audience, as well as panels about graduate school, undergraduate research, and math careers. Registration is free.

Sigma Xi Annual Meeting & Student Research Conference - Sigma Xi
Outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are invited to present their research to be evaluated by leading career scientists. Undergraduates are able to network with graduate school recruiters and potential employers. There are also educational sessions on vital career skills. Students who rank as superior presenters will be nominated to join Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research ConferencePoint Loma Nazarene University
The West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research (WCBSUR) Conference is among the oldest, intercollegiate Conferences of its kind in the nation.  The purposes of the Conference are: 1) to provide a forum for undergraduate researchers to present original data they have generated in the fields of biology and biochemistry; and 2) to foster intercollegiate interactions among students and faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate research in the biological sciences.

Young Mathematicians ConferenceThe Ohio State University
The Young Mathematicians Conference invites students to present their work and collaborate with other undergraduate mathematicians. The conference features three plenary lectures and a Graduate School Orientation event. YMC also invites faculty mentors of undergraduate presenters and provides support for invited participants.

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Special Focus/Other

Eastern Communication Association Undergraduate Scholars Conference 
James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC), held within the Eastern Communication Association’s annual convention, features some of the best research from undergraduate communication students.

“Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium – University of Pittsburgh
The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or other countries of the former Soviet Union. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

Midwest Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference 
The Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association is a regional branch of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association. MPCA/ACA usually holds its annual conference in a large Midwestern city in the United States.  Anyone is welcome to join and submit proposals for consideration at the MPCA/ACA conference. View our Subject Areas page for more information about topics covered at our conferences.

TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo
With more than 6,500 attendees, 1,000 education sessions, and 150 exhibits, this conference is the largest professional development event in the TESOL field. In lively interactive sessions, educators develop a global perspective through the exchange of ideas and practices. Participants integrate knowledge of current trends in the field while developing a professional network.

Undergraduate Communication Research Conference – University of St. Thomas
The annual Undergraduate Communication Research Conference is sponsored by the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas. It is designed as a celebration of undergraduate research in all areas of the communication discipline, bringing together students and faculty from colleges and universities of the upper Midwest.

Visions Film Festival & Conference - University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Visions Film Festival & Conference provides a platform for undergraduate filmmakers and film scholars to discover their voices and expand their artistic perspectives. Visions creates an environment that promotes learning and networking between filmmakers and scholars, and their unique perspective stems from on simple fact, they are a festival created by, for, and about undergraduate film students.

Walsh Exchange - Georgetown University
Held in the cosmopolitan hub of Washington, D.C., the Walsh Exchange is an annual conference dedicated to promoting innovative undergraduate research in international relations by students around the world. The conference provides students with an opportunity to formally present their original research and receive constructive feedback from experienced scholars and professors, fellow panelists, and guests alike.

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