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Student Presentation Program Overview

The NCUR 2023 program features a wide range of presentation formats, and we welcome submissions from all disciplines. Presenters will have the option of having their presentations grouped with others that reflect various conference themes or their fields of study. The program will also feature a series of Special Collaborative Artistic Projects, comprised of real-time creative efforts involving students from different campuses.

Discipline Options

Submissions from all disciplines are welcome. If the research topic is not an exact match for one of the categories listed, the presenter should select the closest match and the presentation will be grouped with related work. Students and research mentors should consult the following list when determining discipline:

Submission Disciplines List

NCUR 2023 Submission Categories

Student abstracts should be submitted using the best-fitting category among the following options:

  • Architectural and Interior Design
  • Art/Music History
  • Music
  • Theater and Dance
  • Visual Arts/Performance Art
  • Other
Health and Human Sciences
  • Communication Science and Disorders
  • Kinesiology/Physical & Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing/Health Science
  • Psychology/Neuroscience
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Other
Humanities, Languages & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • English/Linguistics
  • Environmental Studies
  • General Humanities/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Studies
  • Philosophy/Religious Studies
  • Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • World Languages
  • Other
Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Architectural Engineering / Construction Management
  • Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry/Materials Science
  • Computer Science/Information Systems
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Engineering/Applied Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics/Astronomy
  • Other
Social Sciences, Education and Business
  • Anthropology/Archaeology/Human Geography
  • Business
  • Communication/Journalism
  • Criminal Justice / Legal Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Other

Special Program Designations

In addition to selecting a discipline or field, submitters will have the option of having their presentation highlighted in the program and considered for special sessions based on one of the following themes:

  • Two-year Campus Researchers: This designation calls attention to research conducted at two-year institutions - those that offer instruction in the first two years of liberal arts or technical degree or certificate program. Examples of two-year institutions include associate degree-granting institutions such as branch campuses of a comprehensive university, technical colleges, community colleges, or junior colleges. Students do not need to be currently enrolled in a two-year institution; work conducted prior to a transition to another institution or employment is suitable.
  • Sustainability: This designation calls attention to projects that reflect upon, consider, or address issues related to any and all aspects of sustainability: Economic, social, political, cultural, ethical, scientific, or spiritual. We encourage contributions that engage with intersectional topics, such as indigenous, regional, and feminist studies. Selecting this indicates that the presentation will explicitly address how the project relates to, captures experiences of, or directly impacts environmental issues and/or sustainability.
  • Equity/Diversity/Social Justice: This designation calls attention to projects for which EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) and/or social justice is a major focus area. Selecting this indicates that you will highlight how the project relates to or impacts these themes. Broadly construed, this could stem from the research subject itself, the process of conducting it, or both.
  • Human Health and Wellness: This designation calls attention to scholarly and/or creative work that reflects the understanding and/or promotion of physical, psychological, social, and spiritual components of human health and wellbeing. Selecting this designation indicates that the presenter will address how their work relates to, captures experiences of, or directly impacts human health and wellness.
  • Cross-disciplinary Artistic Submissions: This designation calls attention to arts projects that are connected to, or otherwise highlight topics or disciplines outside the arts. Such projects, both scholarly and creative, draw from at least one other discipline, and may have collaborators from outside the arts who will contribute and share expertise, knowledge, and skills.

Presentation Format Options

NCUR 2023 participants may select one of the following traditional presentation formats for their work:

  • Oral presentation: Presenters will give 15-minute presentations followed by a 5-minute question-and-answer period. Each 1-hour session will feature three student presentations. A computer, project, pointer, sound and microphone will be available as needed by presenters.
  • Poster presentation: Presenters will prepare and display a research poster. Students will discuss their posters with other conference participants during their assigned one-hour session. Posters should be 46 inches x 42 inches. Pins will be provided.
  • Roundtable: During this 1-hour session, three to five presenters will give "lightning talks” which will be followed by a moderated discussion led by a faculty member.  
  • Gallery: Presenters will display visual art in the UW-Eau Claire Foster Gallery from March 31-April 19. A gallery reception will be held on Thursday, April 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. Requirements for submitting accepted work to the gallery are below.

Special Collaborative Artistic Projects

The program will feature a series of real-time artistic endeavors that involve collaborations between students from various campuses:

  • NCUR Murals Project: The NCUR Murals Project will engage inter-campus teams of students in the creation of murals in select (interior) spaces on the UWEC campus. Participants will be selected and placed into teams based on portfolio submissions and information provided in the abstract. Selected students will receive a photograph and description of the assigned space and will submit a plan to an assigned faculty mentor, in advance of the conference, that is related in some way to one of the conference themes: Sustainability, Equity/Diversity/Social Justice, or Human Health and Wellbeing. Students will submit a link to an online portfolio. Abstracts (artist’s statements) should: i) Describe the influences on the artist’s work and a description of their artistic process, ii) Specify an interest or preference in any of the conference themes, and iii) state how their skills and experience will facilitate an effective group effort and an impactful final project.
  • Jazz Improvisation Expo: Participants will perform an improvisational solo at a “jam session” with a rhythm section provided by UWEC student musicians. Submissions should be in the form of a (link to a) video recording that demonstrates the performer’s ability to improvise over a blues progression or jazz standard. Submissions will be evaluated on technical aptitude as well as artistry. Abstracts (artist’s statements) should include: i) The piece they will play over, ii) Essential instrumentation needed for accompaniment, and iii) A brief description of the artistic process and/or major style influences.
  • Original Music Composition Concert: Participants will submit original compositions to be performed by UW-Eau Claire ensembles. Students will submit a score and, if available, a recording of the original composition, which should be of no more than 10 minutes in length. Abstracts (artist’s statements) should include: i) A description of the piece and the artistic process, ii) required instrumentation.
  • Dramatic Reading of Original Scripts: Participants will submit abstracts describing their short play - 10 minutes maximum. Selected plays will be performed at NCUR 2023. Playwrights may bring student actors to perform or plays will be performed by UW-Eau Claire Theatre students. Abstracts (artist’s statements) should include: i) description of the setting and theatrical motifs of work, ii) cast requirements. A full script will also be required.