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Abstract Submissions Invited for 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

ITHACA, NY — Students interested in presenting at the 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research are invited to submit abstracts of their research projects to the review committee. The conference will be held March 31–April 2 in Ithaca, New York, on the host campus of Ithaca College. The window for submitting abstracts is Oct. 4–Nov. 19, 2010.

Established in 1987, the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. This gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.

The plenary speakers for the 2011 conference will be world-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis; Libuse Binder, author of “Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties”; scientist and educator David G. Campbell, author of “A Land of Ghosts: The Braided Lives of People and the Forest in Far Western Amazonia”; and Brian Wansink, award-winning researcher and author of “Why We Eat More Than We Think.”

Detailed instructions for preparing and submitting an abstract can be found at /ncur2011/abstracts/. Students can also contact their NCUR campus coordinator for assistance.

Abstract submissions must:

  • state, in clear terms, the central research question and the purpose of the research; provide a brief discussion of the research methodology;
  • state conclusions, either final or anticipated;
  • be well organized.

All abstracts will undergo a rigorous evaluation by a panel of faculty reviewers, who will consider submissions based on the criteria listed above and will assess overall merit within the context of the specific academic discipline. Students whose projects have been selected for presentation will be notified via e-mail on January 12, 2011.

The NCUR meeting has been held in the Midwest for the past two years and will be in Utah in 2012, so the Ithaca conference will provide an opportunity especially for students in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions to attend a nearby program.

For more information, visit /ncur2011/.