Campus Invitation

2022 Campus Invitation

Greetings!

On behalf of the University of Montana’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Committee, I am pleased to announce the 21st annual UM Conference on Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship (UMCUR), which will be held in a face-to-face environment Friday, April 22, 2022. The conference may also include virtual elements. UM students of all majors are invited to present their research and creative scholarship through oral presentations, posters, and exhibitions. 

In 2020 and 2021, we successfully implemented UMCUR in virtual environment. I encourage you to check out UMCUR 2021 on Scholar Works to see some of the impressive student work featured at recent conferences. 

We ask that you encourage participation in this event, especially in courses or other educational activities where students engage in research or creative scholarship that could yield a substantive public presentation, whether that be a poster presentation, an oral research presentation, or an exhibition of original creative work. Our intention is to accommodate every UM undergraduate who wishes to participate in UMCUR, and to encourage presentations from every discipline on campus. Furthermore, we encourage the entire campus community to attend and to learn more about our student’s engagement in these high-impact educational practices. And finally, we’ll again be seeking judges for UMCUR 2022, so mark your calendars now and plan to participate.

To propose an UMCUR poster or presentation, students must submit a 300-word abstract or artist statement on their work, which must be reviewed in advance by their faculty mentor. The link for submissions to the 2022 conference can be found on the Call for Submission Page. In advance of the conference, we will offer training sessions to help interested students prepare for their abstract, presentation, and/or poster submissions. Updates and other conference resources will be posted on the website.

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship committee will present awards for top oral and poster presentations in each of the five research categories (Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Visual & Performing Arts) during a special Zoom recognition ceremony following UMCUR. Capstone presentations from the Franke Global Leadership Initiative will also be featured and recognized as part of UMCUR proceedings.

So preparation for UMCUR 2022 has begun in earnest! If you have questions about or suggestions for our efforts, don’t hesitate to contact me. Please spread the word, encourage your students’ participation, mark your calendars and plan to attend. It’s going to be a wonderful event and a celebration of undergraduate research and creative scholarship at the University of Montana.

Sincerely,
Tim
TIMOTHY J. NICHOLS, Ph.D.
DEAN AND PROFESSOR
DAVIDSON HONORS COLLEGE
Davidson Honors College 104   |   Missoula, Montana
t: (406) 243-2534   |   e: timothy.nichols@umontana.edu