Maryland Center for Undergraduate Rresearch at the University of Maryland

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

    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. Approximately 250 individuals participated in the 2014 University of Maryland National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research, and we are excited to once again provide the opportunity for students to present their academic research in a professional environment and to provide the opportunity for staff to participate in professional development activities. Registration deadline usually falls in mid-February.

    Bioscience Day
    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
    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 in 2015.
    Date: April 26, 2017
    Location: University of Maryland - Stamp Ballroom

  • All Disciplines (Off Campus)

    All Disciplines (Off Campus)

    National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference
    Held annually the conference features sessions where students can be a presenter or moderator.
    Dates: Mid-November (location varies)

    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.
    Dates: Early April, University of North Carolina-Asheville (Asheville, NC)
    Abstract deadline: Early December

    Posters on the Hill
    The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts this annual event 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.
    Deadline for applications: Early November
    Date: Mid-April
    Location: Washington, DC

    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.
    Dates: October-November (location varies)

  • Arts and Humanities

    Arts and Humanities

    The American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
    The American Anthropological Association sometimes has student poster sessions at its annual conference.
    Dates: November-December (location varies)

    The Congress on Research in Dance Conferences: Joint Conference with Society of Dance History Scholars
    The Congress on Research in Dance is a nonprofit organization that fosters opportunities for dance professionals to exchange ideas.  Students may become members and present at their annual conference.
    Date: October (location varies)

    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
    Deadline for submissions: December
    Dates: March-April (location varies)

    Hawaii Annual International Conference on Arts and Humanities
    Annual conference in all humanities disciplines including Anthropology, Art History, English, Geography, History, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Theatre. Accepts student papers.
    Date: January (Honolulu, Hawaii)
    Call-for-Papers Deadline: August

    Miami University of Ohio Department of Classics Annual Undergraduate Classics Conference
    Miami University holds an annual undergraduate conference on classics.
    Date: March, Miami University (Oxford, OH)

    Annual Mint Museum Regional Collegiate Art History Symposium
    Each year in the spring the Mint Museum holds a conference to showcase art history students' research on works of art from the Museum's collections or the artists represented within them.
    Date: March (Charlotte, NC)

    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, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.
    Dates: January (location varies)

    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 annually during 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.
    Date: March-April, Weber University (Ogden, UT)

    Undergraduate Literature & Creative Writing Conference
    Undergraduates from Susquehanna and other universities around the country share their scholarly and creative work at this annual conference. 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.
    Date:  March, Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA)

    Women's Studies Student Conference
    The University at Albany (SUNY) hosts an annual conference in women's studies in the fall.

  • Social Sciences

    Social Sciences

    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 year the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia hosts a conference for undergraduate psychology majors.
    Date: April, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

    American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Conferences: Annual Conference & Expo
    The AAFCS has a student unit and encourages students to attend the many conferences it hosts throughout the year.  They promise “content-rich sessions and networking opportunities for FCS students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas.”  See their events page
    Dates: June (location varies)

    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!
    Abstract Submission Deadline: August
    Dates: December (location varies)

    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 includes a Student Assembly. The Student Assembly also hosts events throughout the year.
    Dates: October-November (location varies)

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    ASME mantains a conference database of meetings that it sponsors throughout the world.

    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, including 1,900 undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1,300 faculty, program directors and administrators. Students come 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. Abstracts will not be accepted from freshman college students.
    Deadline for Abstraction Submission: September
    Dates: November (location varies)

    BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) Annual Meeting: Innovation at the Interface

    Undergrads may submit in the summer and general undergraduate submission process.
    Date: October (location varies)

    Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)
    CUWiP are three-day regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors. Conferences will be held at the following locations:

    • Black Hills State University
    • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Old Dominion University/Jefferson Lab
    • Ohio State University
    • Oregon State University
    • Syracuse University
    • University of California, San Diego
    • University of Texas, San Antonio
    • Wesleyan University

    Dates: January (multiple locations)

    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 including trade events, training workshops, job fairs, and other programs.
    For more information about an IEEE conference, search the IEEE conference database.

Maryland Center for Undergrauate Research at the Uniersity of Maryland

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
Phone: 301-314-6786 |  Email: ugresearch@umd.edu
1201 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742