Call for Submissions


  • UMCUR is designed to highlight the original research and creative scholarship of UM students. Participation is open to all UM undergraduates in good standing.
  • Students receiving research scholarships through the Davidson Honors College must present the results of their work within the academic year of the award. UMCUR provides an excellent opportunity to satisfy that requirement.
  • Students are welcome to present work-in-progress, as well as completed research and creative scholarship. 

Application Process:

  • Submissions may be made for an oral (individual author, co-authors, GLI panel, or original creative work) or poster presentation.  For additional information on printing/uploading posters and oral presentations, please visit the Scholarworks page of the website. (See Visual & Performing Arts Exhibition Page for additional information on how to submit an exhibit).
  • Abstracts (circa 300 words) must include the following elements (as applicable to your field): Your UMCUR abstract must be specific to this presentation. It should not be an abstract that you previously submitted for an award application; rather, it should be revised to reflect your most recent work on the project. View our sample abstracts for strong examples. 
    • Title – Describe your topic in language that is intelligible to a general audience.
    • Purpose – State your main thesis or rationale.
    • Methods – How did you carry out this project?
    • Significance – Explain the contribution of this project to your field and/or to society.  Your explanation can include reasoning or inspirations for choosing this topic, or what details lead you to this research. No need to have a conclusive answers or evidence, especially if your data is still being processed.
  • Submit online abstract prior to deadline.
  • Once submitted, your Faculty Mentor will be requested to review/approve your abstract.
  • Present your research at UMCUR, April 27, 2018.  UMCUR attracts a general audience composed of students and faculty in all disciplines. Your intentions must be communicated in a manner that is intelligible to that audience. Everyone will be judged during their UMCUR presentation according to the Judging Rubric. 
    CLICK HERE for a PDF version of the 2018 UMCUR Judging Rubric.

2018 UMCUR Abstract Submisison is now closed.
Deadline to edit Abstracts is Friday, April 6th at 5:00pm

REMINDER – To be eligible for an award, students must have attended a UMCUR Training Session and must attend the conference Keynote/Award Lecture (at 12:20 p.m. in the UC Theater, the day of the conference).


The Committee on Undergraduate Research will present awards for the top oral and poster presentations in each of the five research categories (Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Visual & Performing Arts).  The Franke Global Leadership Initiative will present an award to the top GLI capstone team oral presentation. Judging will take place during scheduled presentation time.  Along with a $200 stipend, UMCUR finalists will be invited to the 2018 Awards Ceremony in the Mansfield Library - Theta Rho Room (library level 4), Tuesday, May 1st, 2:00-3:00pm.  Awards, cake and coffee will be provided.  All awardees will be notified by email after the conference.

In order to be eligible to win an award, at least one author/co-author must:
  • Have abstract submission reviewed by a Faculty Mentor.
  • UMCUR TrainingAttend one of the scheduled Training Workshops in the Mansfield Library.  Either Monday, April 9th, 7:00-8:00pm or Tuesday, April 10th, 4:00-5:00pm.  If presenting in a group, only 1 member needs to attend.
  • Attend Keynote Session at UMCUR on Friday, April 27th at 12:20pm (lunch provided).
  • Research must be presented the day of UMCUR during the scheduled time.  All Judging will take place using the UMCUR Rubric. Or if a Franke GLI Presentation - the judges will be using the GLI Rubric.

Judges & Volunteers Needed:  The Davidson Honors College invites you to be a part of this year's UMCUR.  Please sign-up to be a Judge or to Volunteer. Your time is greatly appreciated. Read More.

Addtional questions may be directed to the Conference Coordinator, Michelle Eckert at