General FAQs

What is NCUR 2020?

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has selected Montana State University to host the March 2020 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). At this annual three-day event, more than 4,000 students present scholarly research, network with peers and faculty mentors and meet with graduate school and corporate recruiters.

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of student scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all disciplines. Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement; provides models of exemplary research, scholarship and creative activity; and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education. Each conference hosts students from across the globe, presenting their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts and performances. 

When is NCUR 2020?

NCUR 2020 is scheduled for Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28. 

Faculty FAQs

Should I register for NCUR 2020?

Faculty that are presenting a FAN session should register for NCUR. Faculty that are not presenting, but planning on attending, do not need to register.

Is there a charge to attend NCUR 2020?

Non-presenting MSU faculty and students do not need to register. Students sessions are free and open to the MSU community. Tickets for the Keynote speakers and Opening Ceremony session will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis to non-registered MSU and community members.

Students and faculty who are presenting MUST register, but all registration fees will be covered by MSU. Students should chose 'Invoice Institution' payment method. Follow registration instructions here

How can I help with NCUR 2020?

Faculty members that are interested in volunteering for NCUR 2020 can contact the planning committee through email. We will need faculty members to help moderate student oral sessions, review abstracts and promote faculty engagement within their departments. 

How will NCUR affect my teaching/class schedule in Spring 2020?

Classes are being reassigned during NCUR 2020. This means that regularly scheduled classes will not be meeting in their usual spaces. Instead, faculty will be able to incorporate NCUR into their lesson plans. 

What resources are available to help me integrate NCUR into my classes in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020?

The MSU Library has published an online guide to will provide examples of assignments you can use to encourage and promote attendance at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, held in March 2020. 

How can my research students register to present their research?

Students will register through the CUR portal.Abstracts open Monday, September 30 and close Friday, December 6 at 11:59PM. 

If students don't want to present, can they still attend?

Yes, students will be encouraged to attend oral and poster sessions during NCUR 2020 even if they are not scheduled to present research of their own.

Are my students required to attend NCUR 2020?

Students are strongly encouraged to attend NCUR 2020. This event is a rare and exclusive opportunity for students to learn about undergraduate research that is happening around the world. Faculty are also encouraged to give students assignments that involve NCUR 2020. For example, attending an oral presentation session that relates to course material. 

What are the deadlines that I should be aware of for submission of abstracts and registrations?

Abstracts open Monday, September 30 and close Friday, December 6 at 11:59PM. Registration will open Friday, January 17, 2020.

My department head has asked me to review student abstracts for NCUR 2020.  Where can I find guideline for the review process. 

Abstract review guidelines, including an instructional video, are available on the internal MSU NCUR 2020 website (  You may also want to review the NCUR 2020 Abstract Guidelines for student authors available on the national NCUR 2020 website (  

Student FAQs

Do I have to pay for NCUR registration?

MSU, Bozeman students who are presenting will have their registration fees paid for by the university, but you do still have to register. Students who are not presenting do not have to register to attend student presentations.


  1. To register for the conference, click “NCUR Account Portal” and log in:

  2. Once you're in the registration form:
    • Enter personal info
    • Under Institution Information choose State: Montana, Institution: Montana State University Bozeman
    • Registration Type: Student Early Registration for CUR Enhanced - $180
    • Payment Type: Please Invoice My Institution
      • Coordinator First Name:              Rose
      • Coordinator Last Name:              Dormanen
      • Coordinator Email Address:        [email protected]
      • Coordinator State:                       Montana
      • Coordinator Institution:              Montana State University Bozeman
      • Coordinator Street:                      P.O. Box 173010
      • Coordinator City:                          Bozeman
      • Coordinator Zip:                            59717-3010
      • Coordinator Phone:                      406-994-3561
      • Purchase Order:                            419431


Am I allowed to attend keynote sessions?

Students are welcome to attend keynote sessions. There is, however, limited seating in the field house when we will be holding keynote sessions. Registered students will be given preference in admisison to the keynotes, but free tickets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis for other MSU students, faculty, staff, and community members.  If we reach capacity in the field house, students may be directed to overflow plenary seating. Overflow viewing areas will stream live feed of the plenary session and also offer complimentary snacks and refreshments. 

Can I attend student presentations?

MSU students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend oral and poster sessions. Students do not have to register for the conference in order to attend sessions.

Will I still be attending classes on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27?

Classes are being reassigned during NCUR. This means that regularly scheduled classes will not be meeting, and instead students will be encouraged to attend NCUR oral and poster sessions. 

Can I present my research at NCUR 2020? How do I register to present?

Students are encouraged to present their research at NCUR 2020. Registration will open up on Monday, September 30. Students can register online. 

How can I get involved as a conference volunteer?

Students that are interested in getting involved with NCUR 2020 can email the NCUR planning committee. 

Can MSU students still use the dining halls during NCUR 2020?

There will be an additional 4,000+ people eating lunch in Rendezvous, Miller and the SUB during NCUR 2020. Students are welcome to utilize the dining halls during NCUR, however please note that there will be increased traffic and usage of the dining halls from noon-2PM.  This means longer wait times and perhaps limited seating. Students may want to plan to eat an early lunch on March 26-28 to avoid the lunch rush.

What are the deadlines that I should be aware of for NCUR 2020?

Abstracts open Monday, September 30 and close Friday, December 6 at 11:59PM.

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