Presenting your research gives you an important opportunity to share your findings with other undergraduates and faculty members. Conference presentations are an important part of professional development, and they offer the chance to receive valuable feedback on your work. They provide you with public speaking experience and help you deepen your own understanding of your research as you explain your project and respond to questions. Conferences are also wonderful places to network with your peers and professionals in your field. Finally, you will gain valuable experience to highlight on a resume or graduate school application.
Every spring, UB hosts an undergraduate research poster fair in the Center for the Arts Atrium. This event showcases over 100 undergraduate research projects from all academic disciplines at UB. Awards are given to the best undergraduate projects from each decanal area (College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Medicine, etc.).
Visit the Celebration site for information on this year’s event and to view posters, pictures and programs from past years.
Every other year, SUNY hosts a system-wide undergraduate research fair, highlighting a select number of projects from each SUNY campus. The first event was held in 2010 and four undergraduate students were chosen to represent UB by displaying their research posters. The next undergraduate research event will be held in the spring of 2016. If you are interested in being considered for this event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about UB students participaton in the 2012 SUNY Research Symposium, “Discovery—An Undergraduate Showcase,” held in Albany in March.
NCUR is a national conference, hosted annually each spring, that is dedicated to showcasing undergraduate research from all academic fields. Visit their site to learn more and find information on how to submit your research for presentation at this year’s conference. CURCA will help to fund any UB students who are accepted to present their research at NCUR through the Research Award Program.
Each year, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) hosts an undergraduate research poster session on Capitol Hill. The event is intended to showcase the work of undergraduate students and help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact. Visit the site for information on this year’s event. CURCA will help to fund any UB students who are accepted to present their research at Posters on the Hill through the Research Award Program.
All academic disciplines hold yearly conferences and meetings related to their field of study (an example is displayed below). These may be held on a regional, national, or international level. In addition, each year there are numerous interdisciplinary meetings which deal with specific areas of interest. Please speak with your faculty mentor to discuss any discipline-specific opportunities which may be available to you. Students may apply for Undergraduate Research Awards to help defray the costs of travel to conferences.
PURM is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, online journal, unique in that it focuses on scholarship about undergraduate research and the mentoring of such research. Submissions from undergraduate students are welcome for their “Student Perspectives” section. If you are interested in writing a piece about your undergraduate research experience, speak with your faculty mentor about this opportunity.
Many resources exist that assist you in creating a research poster. Your faculty mentor, graduate students, and others in your department are all experienced in designing and presenting posters and can provide you with guidelines specific to your discipline. CURCA also hosts several workshops in the spring semester designed to provide you with tips on designing an effective poster. Be sure to check our calendar of events for more information on these workshops. In addition, please feel free to browse the following resources:
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