NCUR 2020 - the 34th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research - is coming to MSU, March 26-28 2020. This page provides information and resources to help MSU faculty get involved and hlep students engage with the conference. Contact [email protected] to get more information or to suggest additional resources.

NCUR 2020 recieved 4140 abstracts form around the country including over 500 from our own MSU undergraduate researchers! Students have recieved notification of acceptance/rejection and instruciton on how to register through the NCUR Registration Portal.

through a generous grant from the President's Strategic Investment Program

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Volunteer to moderate sessions in your field

NCUR 2020 will need moderators for over 400 oral sessions spread over two and a half days. Sessions are 80 minutes long (four talks). Moderators are responsible for enforcing time limits, facilitating a welcoming environment conducive to academic discussion, and encouraging questions form the audience. NCUR 2020 is a great opportunity to give your graduate students some experience with running a session at an academic conference. All faculty and graduate students are encouraged to volunteer to moderate one or more sessions in their field. Read more about moderating sessions during NCUR 2020



Other volunteer opportunities

NCUR 2020 needs student, faculty, and staff volunteers to help make the meeting a success. Classes won't be in session during the conference so you will have time to help. Sign up to volunteer online. We are looking for students to help with:

  • Registration
  • Transportation
  • Set-up/breakdown
  • Hospitality/catering
  • Wayfinding/information kiosks
  • Classroom presentation technicians
  • Other...



FAN sessions

FAN Session proposal deadline, December 6, 2019 (no longer accepting proposals)

MSU faculty are invited to attend Faculty Administrator Network (FAN) sessions. FAN are one-hour workshops or presentations focusing on the scholarship and practice of undergraduate research and related experiential learning. FAN sessions are a great way to share your undergraduate research and hands-on teaching successes with colleagues from across the country and around the world. NCUR 2020 will offer 25 FAN sessions and a poster exhibition. 

Encourage every MSU student to get involved with NCUR 2020

Abstract Deadline: December 6, 2019 (no longer accepting abstracts)

With over 500 MSU students presenting at NCUR 2020, we are looking forward to a once-in-a-lifetime showcase for our undergraduate researchers. NCUR 2020 is also a great time for non-presenting students to support their peers by attending students sessions, hear some great keynote presentations, volunteer to help out with conference logistics, meet with potential gradaute schools and emplyers, or just hang out with student researchers from across the country and around the world.

Registration fees for all MSU-Bozeman presenters will be paid in full through generous funding form the Provost and all MSU students can attend sessions for free (keynote seating may be limited).

Integrate NCUR 2020 into your classes

The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) and the TEACH committee have created lesson plan templates and syllabus language to help you build NCUR 2020 into your classes. Classes will not meet on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27, but this is not a long weekend. Students and faculty are expected to engage with NCUR 2020. Help your students discover rich undergraduate research and creative at NCUR 2020 by designing an enrichment activity involving the conference.

Sign up to use your free CUR membership

The Montana University System (MUS) subscribes to a system-wide enhanced membership in the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR). All MUS faculty, administrators, and students are eligible to register as CUR members. Learn more about the benefits of CUR membership including journals, online resources, assessment support, student research databases, and discounts.

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Abstract Review: Thanks for your contribution!

MSU faculty, along with some volunteers from the Council on Undergraduate Research and our sister institution, the University of Montana have finished reviewing over 4000 abstracts submitted to NCUR 2020. this is the second largest number of abstracts ever submitted to an NCUR conference. Thank you to all who took on extra work over the holiday break to contribute to the abstract review process!



FAQ for faculty

 Follow this page for updated resources as NCUR 2020 approaches.