Carleton University is an institutional member of the Council of Undergraduate Research ( CUR is a group of educational institutions originally across the United States but now including Canada with a focus on developing undergraduate research opportunities for both undergraduate students and faculty.

One of the activities of CUR is an annual student conference to celebrate the research completed by undergraduate students in the given academic year. NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research) is usually held in the first week of April just after classes end, with a different location each year. NCUR began in 1987 as an opportunity for undergraduate scholars from a variety of disciplines to present their research. The conference is held annually and it is an excellent opportunity for meeting presenters from a wide array of institutions for higher learning while also honing the skill of research presentations.

The Office of the Provost, Carleton sponsors a selected number of students whose work is accepted to NCUR. Conference registration, travel costs and residence are all paid. If you have any questions, feel free to check the FAQs page.

Please note it is the student’s responsibility to obtain appropriate and correct documentation in order to travel to the United States. The Discovery Centre will not cover any cost or reimbursement with regards to obtaining these documents.

Carleton has sent undergraduate students to NCUR since 2012.

To learn about the experience of former NCUR participants, read their blog posts of participants who have shared their thoughts with the Discovery Centre.

  • 2019 participants presenting their work in Kennesaw, Georgia.
  • 2018 participants presenting their work in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City.
  • 2014 participants’ testimonials about presenting their work in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • 2013 participant Campbell Hennessy’s blog presenting his work in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2013.
  • 2012 participant Heather McAlister’s blog about presenting her research in South Africa with her research partner in Ogden, Utah in 2012.
  • In the past, the conference was held the first week of April after the end of classes -but possibly conflicted with exams.

For sponsorship by the Discovery Centre, students are asked to first ask approval from the Provost Office by submitting their request onlineusing this form. The deadline is October 31, 2019.

  • If you submit without prior approval, we cannot guarantee that you will be sponsored.
  • You need a professor’s support to apply
    • This applies to NCUR, as well as for the Discovery Centre’s sponsorship

NCUR 2020 Timeline

  • Abstract Submission Opens: September 30, 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: December 6, 2019
    • For sponsorship by Discovery Centre, apply using the above form
  • Notification of Decision: Late January 2020
  • Deadline for Early Conference Registration: February 21, 2020
  • Date of Conference: March 26 – 28, 2020
  • Location of Conference : Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana