UM Participation at NCUR, March 2020

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is coming to Bozeman March 26-28, 2020. The University of Montana (which hosted NCUR in 2000 and 2010) is ramping up to ensure an especially strong showing for our students and programs; this represents a unique opportunity to bring our students and their research to the national stage right here in Montana!

The Office of the Provost will provide transportation for UM students attending the conference and encourages all UM faculty and students to showcase outstanding undergraduate research.

Information Sessions

The Davidson Honors College, host of UM's Conference on Undergraduate Research, will offer information sessions for faculty and students interested in attending NCUR.

Abstract Writing Workshops

Bring your draft abstract to a workshop with experts from the Mansfield Library, the Writing and Public Speaking Center, and the Davidson Honors College for advice on writing and revising your abstract before you submit to NCUR.

Mansfield Library Student Learning Center (MLIB 283)4–5 p.m. Wednesday, November 137–8 p.m. Thursday, November 14

Abstract Guidance Webinar and Pre-Submission Abstract Review

Offered by the MSU NCUR 2020 Institutional Partnerships committee and open to all Montana students (including UM students). Faculty mentors are encouraged to participate with their students in the webinar and pre-submission review process.

Abstract Guidance Webinar

Join via Webex via this link or by phone at (855) 797-9485

Access code: 138 863 57

5 p.m. Wednesday, October 16

Pre-Submission Abstract Review

Between now and November 22, students can submit an abstract for review prior to official NCUR abstract submission. Please submit abstracts via email to The NCUR Institutional Partnerships committee hopes to send review responses within one week. Please include the following information in your email:

  • Student presenter's full name as well as institution name and location
  • Mentor's name and email address
  • Type of presentation (oral, poster, performing arts, or visual arts)
  • General subject of presentation (e.g. environmental science)
  • Abstract title
  • Abstract (no more than 300 words)

Important Deadlines

  • Abstract submissions open: Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Abstract submission deadline: 11:59 p.m. (MST) Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Notification for acceptance of abstract: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Registration for NCUR opens: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Early registration deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Late registration deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Payment deadline: Monday, March 23, 2020


NCUR Registration

All students and faculty wishing to participate must create an NCUR account. NCUR accounts are free for all MUS campuses. Click here for information on how to create an account.

Free Transportation

The Provost's Office is committed to offering free transportation from UM to Bozeman for NCUR participants. Click here to register.

Conference Funding for Montana Tribal College and Native students

Funding to cover all conference and travel costs is available for Montana Tribal College and Native students. Students can indicate their eligibility for this opportunity on the official NCUR abstract submission.


Since 2001, the University of Montana Conference on Undergraduate Research has provided a great opportunity for undergraduates of all majors to present their research and creative scholarship in a public forum. The conference is free and open to the public. All members of the UM campus community are encouraged to attend and participate.

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The Council on Undergraduate Research has selected Montana State University to host the 2020 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).  NCUR is the premier national event for undergraduate researchers, scholars, artists, and performers to showcase their work to an audience of their peers. The conference will run from Thursday, March 26th through Saturday, March 28th and will include ten poster sessions, dozens of oral sessions, performances, gallery exhibitions, plenary speakers, graduate school fairs, workshops and social events. Information about NCUR 2020 is posted on the NCUR 2020 webpage and on the MSU NCUR 2020 information page.

Participation at NCUR 2020 is a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding research UM faculty members conduct with undergraduate students. NCUR is also chance for UM students to participate in a national conference without having to travel far. In addition to an opportunity to present, the planned agenda includes exciting plenary speakers and other highly-worthwhile activities.

In order to present at NCUR students must submit an abstract and have it selected. The National Council on Undergraduate Research sets the abstract selection guidelines. Abstract submission will open 9/30/2019 and close 12/6/2019. Links to abstract submission will be available on the NCUR 2020 webpage. Once selected, students must register for the conference.