National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)


BOZEMAN MONTANA - March 26-28, 2020


Logo for NCUR Bozeman

Montana State University to Host 2020 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

CUR has selected Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman to host the March 26-28, 2020 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). At this annual three-day event, more than 4,000 students present scholarly research, network with peers and faculty mentors, and meet with graduate school and corporate recruiters.

CUR Executive Officer Elizabeth Ambos said, “Montana State University holds a strong institutional commitment to diverse undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry endeavors, making it a welcoming environment for NCUR attendees. The region’s natural beauty and many amenities will provide a memorable setting for NCUR 2020.”

MSU President Waded Cruzado said, “Montana State University is delighted to be selected to host the 2020 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. As a leading university, research is central to our mission. MSU is further distinguished by the breadth and depth of undergraduate participation and accomplishment in research. We welcome NCUR 2020 as an opportunity for students to showcase their achievements, and for institutions in Montana and throughout the nation to work together to promote deeply integrative, hands-on learning programs that advance student success.”

The annual gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and all corners of the academic curriculum, providing a unique learning opportunity, Ambos said. She added that the event had grown substantially in the 30 years since its inception in 1987, highlighting the expanding prevalence of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry. MSU sends between six to nearly 50 undergraduate researchers to NCUR each year.

“MSU students in all areas of study benefit immensely when they engage in hands-on learning through undergraduate research,” said Colin Shaw, director of the MSU Undergraduate Scholars Program. “It’s a great way to take education beyond the classroom. Undergraduate researchers put their knowledge and skills to use solving solve real-world problems and creating something new.”

NCUR - 2020 - the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research - have been the premier national conferences devoted exclusively to undergraduate student research and creativity in all disciplines for 34 years. Montana State University is proud to host NCUR 2020 in Bozeman, Montana.  Conference dates are as follow:

Conference - Thursday, March 26, 2020 - Saturday, March 28, 2020

  • Closed Friday, December 6, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. MST: Abstract Submissions deadline CLOSED FOR 2020 CONFERENCE
  • Friday, December 6, 2019, 11:50 p.m. MST: Faculty Administrator Network (FAN) Submission deadline CLOSED
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020. - Notification of decisions on abstracts COMPLETED
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Online registration opened
  • Friday, February 21, 2020, Deadline for early conference registration CLOSING SOON
  • Friday, March 13, 2020, Deadline for late conference registration
  • Monday, March 23, 2020, Payment deadline 


Step 1: Submit your 2021 abstract to NCUR - for more details about NCUR, click on this link: NCUR - WHEN SUBMITTING THE ABSTRACT IDENTIFY DR. DOREEN SAMS AS THE CAMPUS CONTACT/LIAISON (if you fail to do this, we cannot reimburse your NCUR registration.

Step 2: Watch for Abstract presentation decision NCUR (Beginning January 2021)

Step 4: Once your abstract is accepted, and you are SURE you will be able to attend, go to NCUR to register for the conference between January and February 2021. 

Step 5: Before attending click on the following link and watch this important video: Video

Registration for NCUR: Click on this link to create an account and to log in to register - NCUR registration

FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT: Dr. Doreen Sams at 478-445-0966 or email us at


Group of GC Students at NCUR








Plenary Speech Saturday NCUR 2018 - Click here NCUR1

Plenary Speech Thursday NCUR 2018 - Click here NCUR2

GCSU student in front of a statute of a wild mustang at UCO during NCUR











Of the 380 colleges and universities that sent students to participate in the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Georgia College ranked 27 in sending the most students. In all, twenty-eight Georgia College students participated in the conference. The complete list of top schools participating in NCUR is on the document link below. Scroll below for photos of Georgia College students and faculty mentors at the conference. 

NCUR 2018 Institution Participation Rankings
NCUR 2017 Institution Participation Rankings


Zach and Jonathan (GCSU students) presenting their health science research at NCUR Memphis Tennessee