By Joycelyn Fish
Campus Life Editor
Viterbo’s focus on research has grown rapidly over the past few years. Students have been taking opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, collaborating with faculty members to study a field or subject of interest to them. In Spring 2013, these students could have the chance of presenting their hard work at the best known undergraduate conference in the country.
The 27th National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will be held on the UW – La Crosse April 11-13, 2013. According to the NCUR website, the conference’s mission is “dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students.” The three day event will feature oral, poster, visual arts, and performing arts presentations from students across the country.
Online application and abstract submissions opened on Monday, Oct. 1 and close on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Abstracts should contain a thesis, brief discussion of information, and draw a conclusion and forms can be found at http://www.cur.org/ncur_2013. Also, even if students are graduating in December 2012, they can still submit if the research was done when they were an undergraduate.
Registration fees for students is $185 before Feb. 15, 2013, $225 from Feb. 16, 2013 until the conference begins, and $240 during NCUR. However, Viterbo will be helping 15 students pay for their time at the conference. Students can apply for funding at http://www.viterbo.edu/undergradresearch/ and click on “Viterbo Conference and Travel Grants” to find the internal application form. The deadline for students to apply for grants from Viterbo is Friday, Oct. 19.
Oral and performing arts presentations during NCUR will be 15 minutes in length with five minutes for questions at the end. Poster and visual art presenters have the opportunity to explain their works during their session times.
During the conference, 3000 to 3500 attendees are anticipated to flock to the UW-La Crosse campus. Besides student presentations, there will be three keynote speakers, social events, Graduate and Professional School Fair, and presentations from members of Faculty Administrator Network.
In addition to actually presenting their work, students have the chance to publish their research in Proceedings, a publication of manuscripts from the NCUR compiled by the University of North Carolina at Asheville. With an 82 – 88 percent acceptance rate, the journal gives students the chance to receive feedback and improves their resume. More detailed information can be found on Proceedings’ website http://urp.unca.edu/proceedings-national-conference-undergraduate-research.