UM Conference on Undergraduate Research


The University of Montana will host the 20th annual conference on Undergraduate Research (UMCUR) 

On behalf of the University of Montana Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Committee, we are pleased to announce the 20th annual UM Conference on Undergraduate Research (UMCUR), which will be held in a virtual environment Friday, April 16, 2021. UM students of all majors are invited to present their research and creative scholarship through oral presentations, posters, and exhibitions. A panel of UM faculty involved in research related to the COVID-19 pandemic and response will provide this year’s plenary address. We look forward to building on the success of last year’s virtual event, featured here: UMCUR 2020 on Scholar Works.

Please 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. Please consider course recognition for students who present.

Our intention is to accommodate every UM undergraduate who wishes to participate in UMCUR, and to encourage presentations from every discipline on campus. Music, drama, dance, and poetry readings are welcome. In this spirit, we will continue to feature a Visual and Performing Arts Exhibition. Interested students are invited to submit a JPEG image of a single artwork or a video clip of less than two minutes, along with an artist statement, to be considered for a juried exhibition during UMCUR. Capstone presentations from the Franke Global Leadership Initiative will also be featured and recognized as part of UMCUR proceedings. 

Thanks in advance for your participation and support, and for all you will do to ensure the success of UMCUR 2021. Let’s make this 20th anniversary event our biggest and best UMCUR ever. With the quality and diversity of undergraduate engagement in research and creative scholarship at UM, we certainly have much to celebrate!  Read the full campus invitation from Dean Timothy Nichols.

UMCUR Timeline

January 19 - Call for Submissions OPENS
March 15 - Abstract submission deadline at MIDNIGHT
March 18 - Submitters to receive logistics email & conference links
March 31
 - Live UMCUR Q&A Zoom Workshop (Wednesday, 4:00-5:00pm MST)
April 11 - Oral and poster video presentations uploaded by MIDNIGHT
April 16 - Digital UMCUR open to the public - conference link posted on the website
April 14 - 21 - Online presentation judging (All)
April 23 - Awards announced 

Call for Submissions

Online submission opens on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.  To propose a UMCUR presentation, students must submit an abstract (circa 300 words) of their research topic by the Monday, March 15 deadline. Faculty mentors should review their students’ proposals before they are submitted. Students will also be asked to upload a recorded version of their presentation by Sunday, April 11.  An essential component of the presentation is the student’s ability to effectively communicate to a non-specialist audience.  Scholarship awards will be presented to oral/poster presentations in each of the UMCUR categories.  In order to qualify for an award, the author must submit an abstract, and upload their recorded presentation by the deadline.

Please visit the Submissions page for more detailed information on the process and to submit.

Additional questions may be directed to the Conference Coordinator, Michelle Eckert.


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