NCUR 2014  - April 3-5 in Lexington, Kentucky


The 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research was a great success for EIU students. We had 38 presentations and 43 undergraduate students on the program. EIU is one of the leading institutions in Illinois for supporting NCUR participation. Here is a complete list of student presentations at NCUR since 2009(!)

NCUR 2015 will be in Cheney, Washington. Watch this space to find out more about how to apply for funded travel and accommodations so YOU can participate in the largest interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference in America. 

[Note - The deadline for internal funding for NCUR 2014 has now passed. If you have questions, please contact the Honors College. We have had a large number of applicants and we look forward to taking most of them to NCUR -

The information that follows is left up as general information for those interested in being involved in future NCUR meetings.]

Thanks to the support of President Perry, EIU will provide funding for the registration, accommodation, and travel to students who are ready to present their work at NCUR. If we have a very large number of applicants, we may not be able to fund everyone, but we will strive to make the NCUR experience available to as many EIU students as can benefit from it and who can represent the best EIU has to offer.

If you are an EIU student  who has been engaged in independent study, research, or a capstone creative activity in any discipline we encourage you to apply for funding.

For sample abstracts, please go to the NCUR 2013 website to look at accepted abstracts from last year. You can filter your searches by school or by discipline, and you will be amazed at the diversity of undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity that is represented. Talk to your faculty mentor or to Dr. Richard England, Dean of the Honors College, for more guidance. Whatever your discipline, research and creative excellence thrives at EIU and we want you to share it at NCUR.

You will need to prepare an abstract detailing the nature of your study / performance, between 250 and 450 words in length. For guidance, do look at last year's abstracts at the link above. You should have the faculty mentor who has worked with you on your project review your abstract before you submit it here. 

Your abstract will be judged for its clear communication of a research conclusion or a performance / creative  purpose. The abstract should not assume specialist knowledge on the part of the reviewers, but should concisely describe the goal, method or approach, and significance of the work undertaken. 
The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity committee may suggest changes to your abstract to improve its chances of acceptance by NCUR.

If you have questions, or technical difficulties, please e-mail