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 (See Visual & Performing Arts Exhibition Page for additional information on how to submit an exhibit.)
  • Complete the Online Submission Form.
  • 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.
  • Once submitted, your Faculty Mentor will be requested to review your abstract.
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 2017 UMCUR Judging Rubric.


The Committee on Undergraduate Research will present awards for the top oral and poster presentations in each of the six research categories (Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences Visual & Performing Arts and **Health & Medical Sciences.  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 award, finalists will be invited to a special awards ceremony in the Mansfield Library.

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.  Date to be announced.
  • Attend Keynote Session at UMCUR on Friday, April 27th at 12:20pm (lunch provided).
  • Research must be presented the day of UMCUR.
* Health & Medical Sciences Category
Submissions to this category will reflect research on healthcare practice and human sciences from any of the over 50 UMHM related degree fields.  Abstracts in this section may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Basic research studies with clinical or translation applications (including both physical & behavioral research)
  • Evaluating the efficacy of healthcare practices
  • Assessing techniques used to train health 
Questions may be directed to the Davidson Honors College at