Presenting your research at conferences challenges you to think reflectively about your work, to develop skills in communicating your research to others, to hear about other people’s work, to network with colleagues, and frankly, to build your resume. The conference experience can be fun, but also stressful, so be sure to use LUROP workshop resources to prepare for your presentation.
Your mentor(s) should know about conferences where you could apply to present, particularly within your academic field. Yet there are also conferences that bring researchers together from different disciplines, like the highlighted conferences mentioned below. Note that the Loyola Symposium, CAURS, and Stacy research conferences are all in the Chicago area, and would logistically easy to attend.
The last link below is different from the rest, offering a list of conferences highlighted by the Council on Undergraduate Research.
Finally, remember to look for financial support for your conference travel. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has several divisions that offer financial awards for undergrads accepted to present at a research conference as well, including Arts and Humanities ($500–$800), Biology ($250), and Social Sciences ($200). If you need to provide proof of institutional CUR membership, contact me. Loyola has an institutional membership. Additionally, societies like Psi Chi have awards for students to help fund conference opportunities.
The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is the largest and most prestigious national undergraduate research conference in the country, and LUROP is going to arrange and pay for travel and hotel costs for any Loyola student accepted to present. The conference is held in April and the deadline to submit an abstract in application is in December.