Present Your Research at a Conference
Academic conferences present students with an important opportunity to share research with other undergraduates and faculty members. Conference presentations are an important part of professionalization, and they offer the chance to receive valuable feedback on your work. You explain your methodology and respond to questions about your findings, deepening your understanding of your research. Conferences also allow you to see what your peers are researching, network, and gain valuable experience to highlight on a resume or graduate school application!
Presenting Research on Campus
University of Maryland National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research
National undergraduate research conference hosted by the University of Maryland each spring semester, which includes opportunities to present academic research in a professional environment and participate in professional development activities. Approximately 250 individuals participate in the University of Maryland National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research each year. Registration deadline usually falls in mid-February.
Bioscience Day is an annual event on the College Park campus that features research talks, presentations, mini-symposia, and demonstrations by University of Maryland scientists.
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Research Day
Held in the spring semester by the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Nutrition and Food Science Research Day
Held annually by the Department of Nutrition and Food Science (in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources).
Public Health Research @ Maryland
Explore and learn about recent advances in public health, ongoing research opportunities and the potential for new collaborations between the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Maryland, Baltimore and other academic, community, state and federal partners. Held annually during the spring semester.
ResearchFest is an annual event that highlights the best undergraduate and graduate-level research from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE), the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), and the Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BioE). It allows students to share their work in a fun, casual setting with faculty, staff and students from their own and other departments. The event is sponsored by BioE, ChBE and MSE, and features guest judges, prizes, and a reception.
Undergraduate Research Day
Held each year on the Wednesday before Maryland Day, Undergraduate Research Day offers all undergraduates an opportunity to present their research to their peers and professors. A call for proposals is issued in March, and students submit abstracts summarizing their research projects. Participation is free, and more than 650 students presented their work each spring.
National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference
Held annually in mid-November, the conference features sessions where students can be a presenter or moderator.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research Annual Conference
Perhaps the longest-running national conference to address undergraduate research, NCUR features presentations, scholarship, and performances in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and arts. The conference features poster and oral presentations by more than a thousand students. Presenters also may submit their findings for publication in each year’s Conference Proceedings. A university-wide call for proposals is issued each winter, and proposals are evaluated by faculty members. The conference is in early April, with abstracts due in early December.
Posters on the Hill
The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts this annual event in Washington DC to honor undergraduate researchers from the Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences. Students present their research on posters to an audience which includes members of Congress and congressional staff. The conference is held in mid-April, with applications due in early November.
Sigma Xi Student Research Conference
Outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are invited to join research scientists from North America and abroad for a celebration of research accomplishments hosted by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, the global honor society for science and engineering research.
Presentations are accepted in Behavioral sciences, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geo-sciences, Math and Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Physiology and Immunology. The conference is held each fall.
Stanford Research Conference
Since its inception in 2014, the Stanford Research Conference has served as a multidisciplinary forum where undergraduates from around the world can present their work, connect with researchers inside and outside their fields of interest, and hear from distinguished researchers from a variety of disciplines. SRC's mission is to facilitate exchanges of knowledge that drive intellectual engagement in every field of study, from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences, medicine, engineering, and beyond. Student presenters participate in a three-day immersion in workshops, research presentations, and other professional development programming with Stanford faculty and students. The conference is held in April, with applications due mid-February.
The American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
The American Anthropological Association sometimes has student poster sessions at its annual conference each fall (November-December).
The Dance Studies Association
The Dance Studies Association in an organization of scholars, educators, and artists. Students may become members and present at their annual conference.
Eastern Communication Association, Sixth Annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference
USC is held annually in conjunction with the Eastern Communication Association's annual conference. The conference is held each spring (March-April), with submissions due in December.
Hawaii Annual International Conference on Arts and Humanities
This conference is held in Honolulu each January. Disciplines include Anthropology, Art History, English, Geography, History, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Theatre. Student paper submissions are due in August.
Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society Annual 2016 Biennial Convention
Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members and holds a convention each January.
National Undergraduate Literature Conference, Weber University
The conference is held annually and only accepts submissions from undergraduates, offering them an opportunity to present papers which are critical and/or creative. It is held each April at Weber State University in Utah and undergraduates from any university may submit papers. The conference organizers hope to bring the best undergraduates from around the country to present papers and hear some of the most important writers in contemporary literature.)
Undergraduate Literature & Creative Writing Conference
Undergraduates from Susquehanna and other universities around the country share their scholarly and creative work at this annual conference each March. Panels of three or four students are organized around various literary themes and cultural issues. After reading their work aloud, student panelists and the audience of aspiring writers, teachers, and scholars join in a discussion.
Gender and Women's Studies Student Research Conference
Each spring, Villanova University hosts an annual conference for undergraduate and graduate students in gender and women's studies.
American Economic Association (AEA)
Several economics associations invite undergraduates to present essays at their annual meetings. The AEA maintains a list of these conferences with links to their website.
L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference
Every April the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia hosts a conference for undergraduate psychology majors.
American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Conferences: Annual Conference & Expo
The AAFCS has a student unit and encourages students to attend the annnual conference each June. Students are eligible for conference stipends and may participate in specialized sessions and projects at the conference.
ACS (American Chemical Society) National and Regional Meetings
Undergraduates are invited to ACS national and regional meetings which host sessions specifically for students. Dates and locations vary.
AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall Meeting
The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences, attracting nearly 20,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students, and policy makers. The meeting showcases current scientific theory focused on discoveries that wil benefit humanity and ensure a sustainable future for our planet. High school, undergraduate, and graduate students can present at the AGU Fall Meeting and receive valuable feedback from experts in their field. The exposure to emerging science and the opportunity to network and learn about career paths are what makes the AGU Fall Meeting worth attending—whether you’re presenting or not! The conference is held each December, with abstracts due in August.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Society of Biological Engineers
AIChE/SBE hosts several Biotechnology conferences throughout the world annually. AIChE/SBE has a student chapter and membership and hosts an annual student conference.
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
The APHA Annual Conference is held each fall (October-November) and includes a Student Assembly. The Student Assembly also hosts events throughout the year.
ASM International—The Materials Information Society
ASM has a student membership category called Material Advantage. For $30/year, college students in materials science and engineering can join Material Advantage, a joint program between four professional societies serving the materials community – ASM International, the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), the American Ceramics Society (ACerS), and the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). Students receive membership in all four societies as well as special conference rates, magazine subscriptions, travel grants, publications discounts and more.
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
Now in its fourteenth year, ABRCMS is the largest, professional conference for biomedical and behavioral sciences students. ABRCMS attracts approximately 3,600 individuals from over 350 U.S. colleges and universities. All are pursuing advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and many have conducted independent research. The conference is held each November, with abstracts due in September. Abstracts will not be accepted from freshman college students.
BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) Annual Meeting: Innovation at the Interface The BMES Annual Meeting is the largest and fastest growing event for the biomedical engineering and bioengineering fields, with over 4,000 attendees including professional scientists, engineers, professors, researchers, academics, students, and health care providers. The conference is held each October, with abstracts due in July.
Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)
CUWiP are three-day regional conferences for women in physics, held at universities around the country each January. The APS CUWiP goal is to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Conferences and Events
IEEE sponsors more than 1,400 annual conferences and meetings worldwide. IEEE is also highly involved in the technical program development of numerous events.
URTC is an annual three-day technical conference held at the MIT campus in late September to early October each year that allows undergraduate students from all over the world to present, discuss, and develop solutions for advancing technology for humanity. The conference features paper/poster presentations by student presenters, talks and panels by industry leaders, and networking and social events.