Two students in front of their research posters at the Celebration of Student Academic Excellence.

Presenting Your Research

Why should I present my findings?

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.

Where can I present my research?

UB’s Annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence

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, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, etc.).

Visit the Celebration site for information on this year’s event and to view posters, pictures and programs from past years.

National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

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.

CUR—Posters on the Hill

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.


The SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) is a multidisciplinary spring semester event hosted each year by a different SUNY institution. SURC 2019 details will be posted soon!

SURC brings together undergraduate students and faculty mentors from across the SUNY system for a full day of activities, including sessions devoted to student presentations (oral, performance, artistic displays, and poster), luncheon with keynote speaker(s), a SUNY Graduate School and Career Fair, and professional development workshops for students and for faculty. CURCA will provide all accepted presenters funds to attend and limited transportation will be available.

Disciplinary Conferences and Annual Meetings

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: Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring

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.

How do I design a research poster?

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:

CURCA Logo Toolbox

Below are five options of the CURCA logo that may be used as appropriate if you are in need of our logo for a poster or presentation. You can "right click" to save the file or click the link below to view:

Last updated: June 14, 2019 2:31 pm EST