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MSU to host National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2020

January 30, 2017 -- From MSU News Service

Montana State University has been selected to host a major conference that provides undergraduate students from across the country with an opportunity to present their scholarly research in a professional setting. Here, Trisheena Kills Pretty Enemy, a senior studying microbiology at MSU, works in Seth Walk's lab in Cooley Hall on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, researching Clostridium difficile Infection. MSU photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez.Montana State University has been selected to host a major conference that provides undergraduate students from across the country with an opportunity to present their scholarly research in a professional setting. Here, anthropology student Michael Ruiz works in a lab at MSU. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.Montana State University has been selected to host a major conference that provides undergraduate students from across the country with an opportunity to present their scholarly research in a professional setting. Here, senior engineering students showcase their engineering projects as part of the Semi-Annual Senior Engineering Design Fair on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in the Strand Union Building at MSU in Bozeman, Mont. MSU photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez.

Montana State University has been selected to host a major conference that provides undergraduate students from across the country with an opportunity to present their scholarly research in a professional setting. Here, Trisheena Kills Pretty Enemy, a senior studying microbiology at MSU, works in Seth Walk's lab in Cooley Hall on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, researching Clostridium difficile Infection. MSU photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez.

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BOZEMAN — Montana State University has been selected to host a major conference that provides undergraduate students from across the country with an opportunity to present their scholarly research in a professional setting.

The Council on Undergraduate Research selected MSU to host the 2020 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The esteemed event brings together more than 4,000 students and their faculty mentors for a three-day conference.

In addition to providing students an opportunity to present their scholarly research, the NCUR also enables students to network with their peers and faculty mentors and meet with graduate school and corporate recruiters. The event will take place in March of 2020.

“Montana State University is delighted to be selected to host the 2020 National Conference on Undergraduate Research,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “As a leading university, research is central to our mission. MSU is further distinguished by the breadth and depth of undergraduate participation and accomplishment in research. We welcome NCUR 2020 as an opportunity for students to showcase their achievements, and for institutions in Montana and throughout the nation to work together to promote deeply integrative, hands-on learning programs that advance student success.”

“Montana State University holds a strong institutional commitment to diverse undergraduate research, scholarship and creative inquiry endeavors, making it a welcoming environment for NCUR attendees,” said CUR Executive Officer Elizabeth Ambos. “The region’s natural beauty and many amenities will provide a memorable setting for NCUR 2020.”

The annual gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum, generating a unique learning opportunity, Ambos said. She added that the event has grown substantially in the 30 years since its inception in 1987, highlighting the expanding prevalence of undergraduate research, scholarship and creative inquiry. MSU sends anywhere from about a half-dozen to nearly 50 undergraduate researchers to NCUR each year.

“MSU students in all areas of study benefit immensely when they engage in hands-on learning through undergraduate research,” said Colin Shaw, director of the MSU Undergraduate Scholars Program. “It’s a great way to take education beyond the classroom. Undergraduate researchers put their knowledge and skills to use solving real-world problems and creating something new.”

Shaw added that NCUR 2020 will provide a unique opportunity for MSU to showcase students’ scholarly achievements and pioneering undergraduate research programs on a national stage.

The University of Memphis will host this year’s National Conference for Undergraduate Research, set for April 6-8. The 2018 and 2019 events will be held on the campuses of the University of Central Oklahoma and Kennesaw State University, respectively.

For more information on these events, visit www.cur.org/.

Contact: Colin Shaw, director, MSU Undergraduate Scholars Program, (406) 994-6760 or colin.shaw1@montana.edu