Undergraduate Research

Western Carolina University has established itself as a national leader in undergraduate research having ranked in the Top 10 for the number of projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research annually since 2006.

Alma Rodriquez - NCUR Student

Alma Rodriguez, an NCUR student

Although participation in research is open to all undergraduates at WCU, students in Western Carolina’s Honors College represent a large portion of projects submitted to and accepted by NCUR each year. Honors College students often work collaboratively on research projects and presentations as part of a living learning community in Balsam and Blue Ridge Halls. 

Undergraduate Research Expo

The undergraduate research exposition, part of WCU’s campus-wide Research and Scholarship Celebration, provides students with the opportunity to work with faculty to present their research to an engaged audience on campus. The annual expo features over 200 student presenters working with more than 60 faculty sponsors. 

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Each year, Western Carolina University supports a limited number of students in applying for and attending the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).  Students accepted to NCUR have the opportunity to present their undergraduate research along with peers from across diciplines. Since 1987, NCUR has been a flagship conference for undergraduate researchers to share, celebrate, and promote their research achievements. Western Carolina University has established itself as a national leader in undergraduate research having ranked in the Top 10 for the number of projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research annually since 2006. 

Abstract Deadlines

The abstract submission portal for NCUR 2018 is currently open and will close on December 5, 2017.  This is a unique opportunity for you to disseminate and celebrate your academic achievements. NCUR takes abstract submissions from across a variety of disciplines. Being accepted to present your work is a high honor, as NCUR is the largest conference on undergraduate research in the nation. 

This year, NCUR will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma from April 4-7, 2018. You can submit abstracts for consideration from October 3 – December 5, 2017. By visiting the NCUR website you can learn more about the abstract submission process and view the timeline for NCUR 2018. You can also learn more about attending NCUR on the WCU Undergraduate Research site. 

Each year, WCU supports a limited number of students with registration and traveling costs. WCU students interested in getting travel and registration support for the conference should list Jill Granger as the Undergraduate Research Office Coordinator (UROC) in their Abstract Submission, using the following contact information: jngranger@wcu.edu and 828-227-7383. If you are submitting an abstract to the 2018 NCUR conference you must also complete the NCUR Travel Support Funding Request in order to be eligible for travel support NCUR TRAVEL SUPPORT FUNDING REQUEST. 

It is highly encouraged you complete the Travel Support Funding Request as soon as you submit your abstract to NCUR. The Travel Support Funding Request form will be inactive after December 5, 2017. Students who are supported by WCU, are expected to attend the entire NCUR conference (April 4-7, 2018). If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Kloo Hansen at kchansen@wcu.edu.

 

NCUR Travel support funding request

If you are planning to travel to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), and would like to request travel support funding, you are REQUIRED to complete the following travel support funding request form:

NCUR TRAVEL SUPPORT FUNDING REQUEST

 WCU students interested in getting travel and registration support for the conference should list Jill Granger as the Undergraduate Research Office Coordinator (UROC) in their Abstract Submission, using the following contact information: jngranger@wcu.edu and 828-227-7383.

Contact Information

WCU students interested in getting travel and registration support for the conference should list Jill Granger as the Undergraduate Research Office Coordinator (UROC) in their Abstract Submission, using the following contact information: jngranger@wcu.edu and 828-227-7383.  Students submitting an abstract to NCUR should also request travel funding if they wish to have travel support from WCU. A link will be made available on the Honors College website (honors.wcu.edu) under Undergraduate Research after October 23rd.  Students attending NCUR, supported by WCU, are expected to attend the entire conference (April 4-7, 2018).  Please keep this mind, as students will be away from campus and will be missing classes.For all other questions about the process you can contact the Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Kloo Hansen, at kchansen@wcu.edu and 828-227-3016.

Field Research and Internships

Student researching a plant

 

Undergraduate research may also involve off-campus research trips and internships, both of which provide students with hands-on experience to prepare them for research as part of a variety of post-college careers.

Western Carolina’s Honors College supports summer field research through its Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Students submit proposals to receive a stipend and tuition waiver to conduct research projects during the summer and earn credit toward graduation.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

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