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Welcome to NCUR 2022 @Home: A Virtual Meeting Experience Taking Place April 4-8, 2022!


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The following information outlines the process for submitting an application to NCUR 2022 @Home. Abstract guidelines by discipline are below.

To present at NCUR 2022@Home, you must submit an abstract by the abstract deadline. Abstract submission requires three steps:

  1. Write your abstract following the appropriate guidelines for your discipline (see below). It is highly recommended that you complete your abstract before starting step #3.
  2. Create a submission account. Note: This is a new submission portal and will require each user to create a new account with basic information such as first name, last name, email address, and password.
  3. Login to your submission account. Fill out the required information, enter your abstract into the text box, review your submission, and press the submit button. Be sure to have all required information available before your log in to expedite the submission process. New features for 2022! You can save as you go and return to the site before final submission. You can also invite collaborators to review and edit your abstract submission by selecting 'Manage Collaborators' on the submission form. This is a great way to have co-presenters or faculty mentors involved. Note: Only the primary presenter will be able to submit the final abstract.
    1. Abstract Title (30 word limit): Please use title case. (Example: The Effect of Preventative Methods on Wildfire Damage)
    2. Author Line: Please enter any authors you would like to credit associated with your abstract. The presenting author should be listed first followed by co-presenters and any other contributor(s) you would like to credit (e.g. faculty mentor, etc.). You will be asked to enter author first name, author last name, author department and school affiliation, institution state/country, institution, and author email address. 
    3. Abstract Text (300 word limit): Submit your abstract text only (e.g. no title, authors, references, etc.). The main text of abstracts are usually 250-300 words and may not exceed 300 words. Please pay attention to proper English, correct spelling, and capitalization rules. Bold, italics, underline, superscript and subscript are accepted. You may use UTF-8 or Unicode characters in your abstract. Latex is not supported at this time. Please proofread your abstract carefully.
    4. URL (if applicable): There is space in the form to include a URL link to online documentation, formulas, images, music files, etc. in support of your submission. You may use this space to provide a link to a location to view your abstract in its original form.
    5. Field/Subject (see list of options below): If you are unsure of which subject to choose, please consult with your faculty mentor to determine the best subject for your abstract.
    6. Supplemental Materials (if applicable for visual art submissions): Three electronic files of sample artwork 
    7. Type of Presentation Material: All accepted abstract presenters will be assigned to a learning group/cohort within a similar discipline/field and will be given the opportunity to present live for 10-15 minutes during the scheduled learning group/cohort block. Please select the type of presentation material you plan to prepare and provide (e.g. oral presentation with or without slides, oral presentation with digital poster or art image to display in the online poster gallery, or oral presentation with pre-recorded video uploaded for audience reference).
    8. New for 2022! Competition (Optional): We are incorporating an optional competition element during early abstract submission (e.g. those submitting by October 20, 2021). Abstract reviewers will review your abstract content and a pre-recorded two minute flash talk of you explaining the highlights of your research. The top two rated abstracts from each core discipline will be selected and honored during a special virtual ceremony on April 11, 2022. Please indicate on the form if you would like to participate in the competition.If yes, prepare a two-minute pre-recorded flashtalk video explaining the highlights of your research and upload during submission.
    9. Primary Presenter: This is the student researcher submitting the abstract and who plans to register for the conference and present (if accepted). Note: Student researchers should be the ones to submit the abstract rather than the faculty mentor. You will be asked to provide your name, institution state/country, institution, phone, email, and class level.
    10. Co-Presenter(s) (Optional): This is a place where you can list up to two co-presenters who plan to register for the conference and present with the primary presenter. You will be asked to provide the name, institution state/country, institution, and email for each co-presenter added.
    11. Faculty Mentor: You will be asked to provide your mentor's name, email, and institution. A faculty mentor should be a professor who is familiar with your work, who will advocate for you if contacted.
    12. Campus Coordinator: You will be asked to provide your coordinator's name, email, title, institution, address phone, and email. A campus coordinator should be someone in your office of undergraduate research or someone who will be coordinating the participation of all students across your campus for NCUR 2022 @home, handling registration invoices, etc. If you do not have an Office of Undergraduate Research or are unsure who to list, please consult with your faculty mentor.

Important information: 

  • All abstracts must be submitted by the posted deadline(s). Please refer to the submission deadlines and make sure you submit your abstract accordingly. Notification decisions will be sent according to the posted schedule.
  • Should your abstract be accepted, you will use your submission account to register for the conference. Registration will open with decision notifications. Listed co-presenters must also register. Registered presenters will also be given an option to have friends and family register.
  • Up to two abstracts per primary presenter are permitted. Up to a maximum of two co-presenters may be listed on each submitted abstract. There is no limit on the number of abstracts where an invididual is credited as a co-author.
  • Abstracts will undergo a rigorous evaluation by a panel of volunteer faculty reviewers. Abstract reviewers will evaluate submissions based on the criteria listed below and will assess overall merit within the context of the specific academic discipline.
  • The title and author(s) of your abstract will appear EXACTLY as they are entered in the abstract submission form. Please double check punctuation, grammar, and spelling before submitting.
  • Upon acceptance, your abstract will automatically be incorporated into the final program and virtual platform, which you may later reference for graduate school applications, resumes, CVs, etc.
  • Follow the guidelines below when preparing your abstract. Select the field/subject option which is most appropriate.
  • If you need assistance writing your abstract, please reach out to your institution’s writing center or office of undergraduate research. 

NCUR 2022 @Home Deadlines and Important Dates
All deadlines are 11:59pm ET unless otherwise noted



Early-Bird Abstract Submission and Opt-in for Competition Deadline

October 20, 2021

Early-Bird Abstract Submission Decision Notification and Registration Opens

Week of November 15, 2021

Regular Abstract Submission Deadline (Not eligible for competition aspect)

November 29, 2021

Discounted Registration Deadline for Accepted Abstracts Submitted during Early-Bird Submission Round

December 20, 2021

Regular Abstract Submission Notifications Sent

January 10, 2022

Discounted Registration Deadline for Accepted Abstracts Submitted During Regular Submission Round

January 31, 2022

Last Day for "Invoice Institution" Bill Option  

February 7, 2022

Regular Registration Deadline for All (Credit Card payment only after February 7, 2022)

March 21, 2022

NCUR 2002 @home Orientation

April 1, 2022

Main NCUR 2022 @home event

April 4-8, 2022

Celebratory Reflection and Award Ceremony

April 11, 2022



Abstract guidelines for humanities, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics:

  1. Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project. 
  2. Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry.
  3. Provide a brief description of the research methodology.
  4. State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed. 
  5. Include text only (no images or graphics)
  6. Be well-written and well-organized.


Abstract guidelines for visual arts:

* Given that the NCUR Abstract Guidelines ask for information that is not completely consistent with artistic practices, this is how the requirements should be translated. 

  1. Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project. (Provide an artist statement.)
  2. Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry. (In the statement, cite your influences and inspirations: other established artists; movements that are referenced or serve as inspiration; political/ cultural/ social issues that the work responds to; personal events, adventures, medical diagnosis; etc.)
  3. Provide a brief description of the research methodology. (What techniques were used?  It could be as basic as oil painting on primed canvas, or a more in-depth explanation of the experimental process.
  4. State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed. (What did you learn?  What was successful?  What are things to be addressed in future pieces?  How does this piece fit into your portfolio or future works?
  5. Include text only (no images or graphics)
  6. Be well-written and well-organized. All of these issues should be addressed in your abstract. However, as each covers a unique influence that alters the interpretation the work, speak more to one or two components of your “research” in depth:  was the work a response to Art History?  Or was the focus the experimental process? While it is assumed you will very briefly respond to all of these requirements, it is also expected that only a few will be the central focus of your statement.
    1. Visual Arts presenters are required to upload three examples of work. For works in progress, you may substitute images of the work being submitted with images of past works that are representative of the artwork to be exhibited at NCUR 2022.
    2. If a video or performance documentation, no sample should exceed 2 minutes.


Abstract guidelines for architecture:

  1. Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project. What is it that you wish to study? This could be a building typology (i.e. the energy consumption of single family homes vs. duplex units or efficiency of one floor vs. two floor office) or it could be the evolution of a building typology, building material, building system, building technology, a place or an architectural theory.  
  2. Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry. Describe why this research is relevant today.  What has changed, is changing, or is likely to change in the future and how might this change effect people, place, design aspirations, building technology, etc.?
  3. Provide a brief description of the research methodology. How will you conduct the research (i.e. comparative, historic, evolutionary, inductive [analyze the observed phenomenon], deductive [verify an observed phenomenon], qualitative, experimental, simulation, case studies)
  4. State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed. What do you expect the results to be or what do you expect to learn and what is likely to be the significance of your findings?
  5. Include text only (no images or graphics). This may be difficult when you are researching a “thing” in the built environment but you need to follow the rules.
  6. Be well-written and well-organized. Follow the script you have been given (#’s 1, 2, 3, & 4 above in this order).  Restate each topic and be specific in your response to each.  Use complete sentences (bullet points can be used following a statement but never alone).  Do not use jargon that someone outside of architecture is not likely to understand (i.e. glazing vs. glass). Read what you have written out loud to check to see if it sounds clear and concise.  Reread what you have written 24 hours later to identify typos, poor word usage, incomplete sentences, etc.  Read what have written to a friend and ask them if they can restate what you are proposing.  If you are the least bit uncertain take what you have written to the writing center.


Abstract guidelines for performing arts:

  1. Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project. A statement discussing compositional or performance aspects of the work. Why did you compose this work or choose this work to perform? What aspects of music are you exploring?
  2. Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry. How does the composition and/or performance advance the development of your creative output?
  3. Provide a brief description of the research methodology. Provide a brief description of the musical work from a compositional or performative standpoint.
  4. State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed. How did the composition of the work or preparation for the performance affect your musical understanding and output?
  5. Include text only (no images or graphics). Include a link (box, google drive, dropbox, etc) to a recording of the work and a score of the work if required for performance.
  6. Be well-written and well-organized.


Field of study options and learning groups/cohorts :

  1. Field of study options: If your area is not named below, or if more than one area applies, select the one most closely related to your work. Please review the entire list before choosing your area. 
    1. Anthropology and Archaeology
    2. Architecture, Construction Management, and Interior Design
    3. Art History
    4. Biochemistry
    5. Biology
    6. Business
    7. Chemistry
    8. Communications
    9. Computer Science
    10. Criminology/Criminal Justice
    11. Dance
    12. Economics
    13. Education
    14. Engineering
    15. English and Literature
    16. Environmental Science and Sustainability
    17. Exercise Science and Nutrition
    18. Film/Photography Studies
    19. Gender, Ethnicity, Diversity, or Cultural Studies
    20. Geography/Geology
    21. Health and Human Development
    22. History
    23. Interdisciplinary Studies
    24. Law and Legal Studies
    25. Linguistics and World Languages
    26. Mathematics
    27. Music
    28. Nursing and Public Health
    29. Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Studies
    30. Physical/Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology
    31. Physics and Astronomy
    32. Political Science
    33. Psychology
    34. Social Work and Human Services
    35. Sociology
    36. Theatre/Drama
    37. Visual Arts
  2. Learning groups/cohorts:
    1. Business and Entrepreneurship
    2. Education
    3. Engineering and Architecture
    4. Health and Human Services
    5. Humanities
    6. Interdisciplinary Studies
    7. Mathematics and Computer Science
    8. Natural and Physical Sciences
    9. Social Sciences
    10. Visual and Performing Arts