UM Conference on Undergraduate Research


The University of Montana will host the 21st annual conference on Undergraduate Research (UMCUR) on Friday, April 22, 2022, in the University Center.


Every year, UMCUR has been organized by the Undergraduate Research Committee in collaboration with the Davidson Honors College and sponsored by the UM Provost and Office of Experiential Learning and Career Success.  Since 2001, UMCUR has provided an 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 participate. 

The day-long conference offers opportunities for University of Montana students of all majors to present their research and creative scholarship through oral presentations, posters, performances, and exhibits. In addition, group presentations are welcome. We love hearing about collaborative and interdisciplinary research activities. The Writing and Public Speaking Center will also offer training sessions designed to help interested students prepare their presentations and posters prior to the conference.

We'd also like to thank everyone for their participation and support, and for all that was done to ensure the success of UMCUR 2021.  With the quality and diversity of undergraduate engagement in research and creative scholarship at UM, we certainly have much to celebrate!  2021 Online Presentations & Plenary Session Archive.

2022 UMCUR Timeline

January 24 - Call for Submissions OPENS
March 10 - The Writing and Public Speaking Center is offering an abstract-writing workshop for UMCUR submissions at 6:00 pm. Register for this online event here. A zoom link will be provided upon registration.
March 14 - Abstract submission deadline at MIDNIGHT
March 28 - Submitters to receive logistics email & presentation schedule - make sure to check your NetID email (ex.  
March 31
- Live UMCUR Q&A Zoom Workshop 4:00 pm. See Available Assistance section on the Call for Submission page for more info. 
Week of April 4 - Judging assignments emailed
April 4-15 - Individual presentation practice sessions – Writing and Public Speaking Center, appointments will be available through the Writing and Public Speaking Center’s online scheduler (see Available Assistance & Resource section)
April 18 - Poster printing deadline at Mansfield Library Paw Print
Week of April 18 - Judge Training Live Q&A Session - TBD
April 21 - Final Upload files to ScholarWorks by 10:00 am (posters, powerpoints, edits, etc.)
FRIDAY, APRIL 22: UMCUR in the University Center (3rd Floor) - Schedule to follow
Week of May 2 
- 2022 Presentation Awards - time/location TBD (GLI-May 2) 2021 Presentation Awards

Call for Submissions

Online submission opens on Monday, January 24, 2022.  To propose a presentation for UMCUR, students must submit an abstract (circa 300 words) of their research topic by the Monday, March 14 deadline. Faculty mentors should review their students’ proposals before they are submitted.  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.  To qualify for an award, the author must submit an abstract and present in person at the conference on April 22. 

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

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