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. Whether or not you are on a LUROP fellowship, all Loyola students can apply for a LUROP Travel Award, which can grant you up to $500 to help with the cost of travel, hotel, and registration for a conference at which you are presenting your research. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) also 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 you need to also apply for LUROP Travel Award), and Social Sciences ($200, and you need to also apply for LUROP Travel Award). 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 Center for Experiential Learning is pleased to announce the Loyola Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, Saturday, April 12, 2014, part of Loyola's Weekend of Excellence. All Loyola students who have conducted a research project (though a course, fellowship, or in any other way) are welcome to present their research in either an oral or poster presentation. Students who conducted a service learning or community engagement project are also welcome to participate.
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 will be held April 3-6 at the University of Kentucky, and the deadline to submit an abstract in application is Dec. 6th.
This annual student-organized event, which will be held in April 2014, brings together undergraduates from colleges and universities across Chicago. Students will have the opportunity to participate in poster presentations, oral presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking sessions. This is an excellent opportunity to gain research presentation experience and participate in interdisciplinary discussion, right here in Chicago.
Purdue University Calumet will host the Annual Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference on April 5, 2014 in Hammond, IN, just south of Chicago. The conference invites the participation of students majoring in any of the disciplines found in the School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. Abstracts must be submitted electronically by January 31, 2014.
One day before the Loyola Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday April 12, 2014, Butler University will host their annual undergraduate research conference on Friday, April 11, 2014. For those willing to deliver back-to-back research presentations, the Butler conference offers the opportunity for more presentation experience to an interdisciplinary audience. Butler is located three hours away, and there is a registration fee of $40.
The Council on Undergraduate Research maintains a list of dozens of conferences that accept undergraduate research presenters. The list leans heavily toward the humanities, and most are for specific disciplines, but it is worth scanning through to see if there are any conferences that interest you.