IUURC Conference

26th IUURC Conference

You are invited to present your research work at the 26th IU Undergraduate Research Conference held virtually on Friday, December 11, 2020.

You may present a research poster or talk. Please use the forms below to submit your abstract for review and upload poster or oral presentation files.

Poster Presentation

You can present your work as a poster which will be displayed electronically. You may also upload a link to a short video where you walk through your poster. During the virtual poster sessions, you may give a brief (two minute) presentation about your research work via Zoom.

Oral Presentation

You can present your research work through a traditional talk conducted via Zoom. Talks will be presented in moderated Zoom rooms leaving time for questions at the end. Talks will run in concurrent sessions.

Competition for Best Research Project

Prizes will be gift cards for $500 (1st place), $300 (2nd place), $100 (3rd place). If you would like to enter your work for consideration. Please follow the procedure described below.

  • Indicate your intent to enter the competition by selecting the box when submitting your abstract. Upload a letter of support from your research mentor. The letter of support from your mentor should describe your knowledge of the subject matter and describe the specific contribution you have made to the design and conduct of your project. Both your abstract and letter of support will be used to evaluate which projects advance to the next stage. Each IUURC campus representative will select the top 3 abstracts for their campus. Selected projects advance to the next stage.

  • Up to three students per campus will be invited to submit an extended abstract of up to 4 pages. The extended abstract should be organized under the following headings: Introduction, Significance, Methodology, Results, Discussion, References, and Figures/Tables (if needed). All elements need to fit within the four-page limit – including references. To accommodate the space constraint, extended abstracts are required to use 11-point Times New Roman font. A committee composed of the IUURC campus representatives will select 5 finalists to compete at the IUURC event. Review criteria will include project quality and written communication skills. The extended abstract should be clear to someone outside of the discipline.

  • Before the IUURC event, the five finalists will compete in a TED Talk format of five minutes via Zoom with the judging committee. Students are allowed to use up to three slides. Each presentation will be followed by a five-minute period for questions. The interdisciplinary committee of judges will select the winners based on the quality of the short presentation and the student’s ability to answer questions.

The winners of the competition will be announced at the end of the IUURC.

Keynote Speaker

Some of the most important things you need to know to be successful in grad school won't be taught in class. That includes things like how to choose a good advisor, how to get funding for your work, and whether to celebrate or cry when a journal tells you to revise and resubmit. These key pieces of knowledge are part of a hidden curriculum—things you're expected to come in knowing or figure out for yourself. In this workshop, Sociologist Jessica Calarco will explain what the hidden curriculum includes, why that knowledge is hidden, and what consequences that hiddenness has for inequalities in grad school and academia as a whole. Calarco will also offer advice for navigating a few key parts of the hidden curriculum, including deciding whether to go grad school, building a team of mentors, and planning for careers after grad school.


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