Undergraduate Research Conference participants

URC Information

The 21st Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

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MCLA will hold the 21st Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) on April 20th, 2023.  

The URC highlights MCLA's commitment to nurturing a dynamic culture of research: inquiry, exploration, and mentorship and we encourage you to explore the many ways MCLA students are making an impact in their disciplines and communities.

Keynote speaker will be MCLA alumnae Jenna McElroy '16.

The Undergraduate Research Advisory Board is soliciting 150-word abstracts for presentations: papers, posters, creative writing, visual artwork, and performance. The submission link can be found here

Student Abstract Deadline: Friday March 10th, 2023

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Students will submit their abstracts by March 10th at 5pm using Dynamic Forms, and they will be sent to the faculty sponsors for review and approval. Faculty sponsors will have until March 20th to submit the approved abstracts to the conference planning committee through Dynamic Forms. 

Students who wish to participate should consult with their faculty advisor before submitting an abstract. 

Students conducting research with human or animal subjects must apply for IRB/IACUC approval by March 1st, 2023 in order to present that research at URC.  

Presentation guidelines: Paper and creative writing presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes, including Q&A. Time limits on performances will be set once we know how many submissions we receive. Posters will be available during the poster session. Visual artwork will remain on display throughout the duration of the conference. Special session presentations will be of variable length depending on number of papers in that session. 

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Eligible presenters should consider submitting an application for the MCLA Scholar Designation by April 1st

MCLA MiniGrants provide support to students conducting independent, faculty-mentored research, creative, and scholarly work. Students can apply for up to $300 individually, or $600 in groups to support the purchase of materials/supplies, participation in conferences, etc. Applications are due by Friday, March 3rd


Overview of the conference

Any questions should be directed towards Dr. Anna Jaysane-Darr, Chair of Undergraduate Research or Dr. Nicole Porther, Associate Chair of Undergraduate Research.