National Conference on Undergraduate Research


National Conference on Undergraduate Research

NCUR is a wonderful opportunity to meet peers and faculty from around the country working in similar research fields, learn about how research and scholarship is conducted in fields different than your own, learn about graduate school and employment opportunities, and to develop your presentation skills. All abstracts and applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee from the host institution. Students presenting at the National Conference have several presentation formats available, including oral or poster presentation options and creative performances. Visit the official website here. 

The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) works with the University Foundation, the academic deans, and other offices on campus to provide registration and travel funding for the primary student presenters on all accepted abstracts.

Congratulations to our 2024 NCUR Presenters!

Akrem Ahmed Enhancing Continuous User Authentication
Ali Rashid Beyond Clicks: The Art of Continuous Authentication via Mouse Dynamics
Alison Brunmeier, Zoe Porter, Alyssa Bartholow Exploring a Montessori-Based Activity with Progressive Complexity for Individuals with Dementia: Student Learning Experiences
Amal Sharafkhodjaeva, Rohit Paruchuri "Vibe Check": Examining the Link Between Relationship Satisfaction and Life Goals 
Amlake Tamrat  Human Activity Recognition 
Araya Lemma Data Privacy and Security In Autonomous Vehicles
Ariana Jacobs  Re-examining Resiliency, Mindfulness, and Seasonal Affective Disorder Related to Stress
Aryee McCabe Contrasting Oak Responses to Water Stress - Osmolyte Profiling Across Species
Ashley Cridlebaugh Examining The Relationship Between Athletic Participation and Academic Success in Athletes and Non-Athletes
Barkot Menkir  Culturally Enriched Memory Books: Enhancing Engagement and Well-Being in Individuals with Dementia
Brooke Andel The Effect of Neuron Death in the Amygdala on Aggression in Green Anole Lizards
Damaris De La Torre Cultural Learning Strategies in Elementary Education: A Comparative Study of Practices in the United States and Ecuador 
Derek Krumweide, Mounkoka Goma Evaluating Effectiveness of Aging Stormwater Ponds
Dilasha Shakya Sentimental Analysis Using Machine Learning
Emma Rieper  Identifying ZYG11A, HS6ST1, And DIO2 Gene Expression in Green Anole Lizards (Anolis Carolinensis)  
Georgia Deml STAB2 And PLD4 Expression in Anolis Carolinesis
Kaitlyn Sizer, Jasmine Ortuno Jimenez Capitalizing On Engagement and Senses for Individuals with Dementia
Kayla Szafraniec  A Geochemical Investigation of the Chemical Weathering Characteristics of Old Glacial Tills
Kaylee Voigt  In The Middle: Birth Order and Childhood Experience
Kaylyn Batchelor Understanding The Effect of Estradiol Treatment on the Development of the Pre-Optic Brain Area in Green Anole Lizards
Koleman Lund, Tinsay Gebremarium Machine Learning for Human Activity Recognition Using Wearable Devices
Kory Kyro, Derek Utecht, Cade Predmore Using 4-inch cubes to Determine Compressive Strength of Concrete
Leah Hed, Ellie Schindle The Correlation of Political Beliefs, Religious Beliefs, And Pseudoscientific Beliefs
Madisyn Jarvey Expression of myoneurin in the green anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis)
Maija Carriveau Examining The Role of Heparan Sulfate Modifying Enzymes in Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Marielle Calanza  Changes in Cultural Learning Strategies in U.S. Youth Education K-8
Matthew Jensen, D'Aaliyah Johnson Turning-Up the Volume of Knowledge on Fam107a: A Novel Cochlea Expressed Gene
Megan Tobias  Evaluating Notum Interaction with Glypican-3 In Hepatocellular Carcinoma 
Meklit Shiferaw  Assembling and Testing an Atomic Force Microscope to Examine Carbonaceous Meteoritic Fragments
Mia Collazo Soil Aggregate Analysis
Muhammad Huzaifa  Facial Recognition Based Smart Lock
Nomin Senadheera Causes of Depression for International Students Studying in the United States
Oltjona Muca, Ryan Druce, Omar Ghandour Exploring meteoritic fragments with microscopy and spectroscopy techniques
Rikin Shrestha Cyberbullying Detection System Using Machine and Deep Learning
Saumya Gautam Using Prompt Engineering in Generative AI to Improve Database Design
Shamsi Taghiyev Local Refugees
Ya Faatou Sowe Effects of Leptin on Brown Adipose Tissue
Yodahe Kebede  Cultural Learning Strategies in Ethiopia and the United States Experienced by International Students at a Mid-size Midwestern University

 NCUR Application Process

Design and Conduct Your Project

Before generating your abstract, you should have a fully-formed and planned research or creative project to discuss. Work closely with your faculty mentor and any project partners you may have to design and carry out your project.

Write Your Abstract

When the call for abstracts is sent out by the NCUR panel, take time and effort to submit your abstract. Writing help can be obtained by contacting your faculty mentor, other project partners, and the URC staff.

Submit Abstract for the Conference

Submit your abstract by the deadline with all the necessary information. You need to indicate you are a student at Minnesota State University - Mankato. We will be notified of your acceptance and use this to plan for travel funding.

Register and Confirm Travel with the URC

Once your submission is accepted, look for emails from NCUR and the URC. You will need to register to attend the conference. Make sure to indicate you are a student at Minnesota State University - Mankato, and use your MNSU email address. If you are the primary student presenter, indicate that the institution will be paying your registration. Work with us to determine your travel plans and what funding you will receive through us to present at NCUR.


Travel to NCUR and present your work. Build your presentation skills, view other presentations by students from across disciplines, and enjoy the process of undergraduate research. Make sure to add the preentation to your resume and have a good time!