UM Conference on Undergraduate Research


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

On behalf of the University of Montana Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Committee, we appreciate all those who participated in the 20th annual UM Conference on Undergraduate Research (UMCUR), which was held in a virtual environment Friday, April 16, 2021. UM students of all majors were 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 provided this year’s plenary address.  More information and to view the 2021 Presentations.

Again we thank everyone for their participation and support, and for all that was done to ensure the success of UMCUR 2021. The 20th-anniversary event was our biggest and best UMCUR yet. With the quality and diversity of undergraduate engagement in research and creative scholarship at UM, we certainly have much to celebrate!  

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. Capstone presentations from the Franke Global Leadership Initiative are also be featured and recognized as part of UMCUR proceedings. 

Please check back for more information on UMCUR 2022 - Scheduled for Friday, April 22!

2021 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 - Watch the recorded session
April 11 - Oral and poster video presentations uploaded by MIDNIGHT
April 13
- Upload PowerPoint Slide to shared BOX folder to confirm Interactive Research Discussion participation by MIDNIGHT
April 16 - Digital UMCUR open to the public - conference link posted on the website; Live engagement opportunities include Plenary Panel Discussion 11:00pm - 12:00pm (MDT) on UM’s Public Health Pandemic Response. Watch the recorded plenary presentation.
April 14-21 - Online presentation judging (All)
April 23 - 2021 Presentation Awards 

Call for Submissions

Online submission is now closed and will reopen in early 2022.  To propose a UMCUR presentation, students must submit an abstract (circa 300 words) of their research topic by the 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.  

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

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

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