Present or Publish Your Research or Creative Activity
As part of professional development opportunities, undergraduate researchers are encouraged to attend conferences to present research, meet potential graduate school mentors, and network with researchers from across the country.
Designed for students to present their research, learn about graduate school opportunities, and meet researchers in different fields. Examples include:
- Sigma XI, Scientific Research Honor Society
- National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) hosted by Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
- Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM (ERN)
Designed for researchers in a specific field to present their research and connect to other researchers with similar research interests. Talk to faculty and other students in your field about conferences in your discipline. Examples of conferences with strong support for undergraduate research are:
- American Geophysical Union (AGU) – Science
- Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)– Science
- Western Society of Naturalists (WSN) – Science
- Western Psychological Association (WPA) - Psychology
- Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) - Mathematics
- Humanities Education and Research, (HERA) - General Humanities
- CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) - Biotechnology
- Poster Presentation: a visual summary of your work that you present to conference attendees during an open poster session.
- Oral Presentation or Conference Talk: a formal presentation of your work to a conference audience. Typically range from 10-15 minutes to an hour.
- Other Presentation Formats: Some disciplines use round tables, panels, demonstrations, or other formats for showcasing their scholarship. If Posters and Oral presentations aren't common in your field, talk to a mentor in your discipline to be sure what presentation format is right for your project.
Great resources on how to design an effective poster presentation
UROC offers workshops on poster development and presentation each semester. Ready to start building your poster? Download our guidelines and check out our favorite online resources to help you develop a great poster to showcase your work.
- Designing Effective Conference Posters - Dr. Justin Matthews, CSUMB Psychology Asst. Professor
- Designing Effective Posters: How to successfully communicate your science through conference poster presentation
- The Scientists's Guide to Poster Design
- Creating posters that stand out from the crowd and get you noticed - #SciFund Challenge Class
Don't forget to acknowledge your funding sources!
Visit the CSUMB Psychology Faculty, Dr. Jennifer Lovell's website for tips on how to make the most out of your conference presentation opportunity: Student Resources: Stay "Afloat" and keep swimming
Access to the UROC large format printer allows UROC undergraduates to print posters for conference presentations with the approval of UROC staff. Presenting at a conference or meeting? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time at least 2 business days prior to your departure for all printing poster requests.
Attending conferences is an investment in your professional development,but keep in mind the typical costs: registration, travel to the conference, hotel or other accommodations, and meals while traveling.
Most conferences offer travel awards, grants or scholarships. Check the conference website or contact the organizers for details on how to apply. These are usually due 4-6 months before the conference so plan ahead.
Apply for a UROC Travel Award
UROC may have funds to finance UROC (both Scholars and Researchers) and LSAMP participants that are:
- presenting oral or poster presentations at professional conferences,
- visiting prospective graduate schools, or
- traveling for the purpose of summer research.
To provide you with funding for these trips, we ask that you complete the following form, refer to the UROC Travel Award Policy, and complete the process for obtaining instructor consent for missing university classes TWO WEEKS before the registration deadline. We also require that you inquire whether the host organization offers Travel awards. If so, you are required to apply for these funds.
Other travel awards
Undergraduate Research Highlights, Council on Undergraduate Research
Culture, Society and Praxis, Social and Behavioral Sciences
In The Ords, CSUMB Literary Arts Journal