Undergraduate Research Conferences

The following are student-run conferences for undergraduates at Ivy League institutions to present their research

National Collegiate Research Conference

The National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) is a large-scale, multidisciplinary forum organized by the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA). The most accomplished undergraduate students from across the United States and internationally convene each year to share their research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The core vision behind the conference is to provide student researchers with the opportunity to hear from the world's leading authorities in academia, policy, and industry, as well as to foster important exchanges and dialogue between students. Last year, after being selected through a competitive application process, over 200 participants from nearly 75 universities across America and abroad attended the conference. The goal of NCRC is to expand the perspective of undergraduate researchers through offering exposure to diverse fields and to facilitate the discourse on collaboration, leadership, and social impact in research that will prove to be invaluable in future pursuits. 

NCRC 2020

  • Date: January 24-26, 2020
  • Location: Harvard University
  • Abstract submission deadline: December 15, 2019 (11:59PM EST)
    • Late applications will be accepted until January 1st, 2019 (11:59 EST) but will be assessed a late fee

This year's speakers include:

  • Dr. Claudia Goldin (Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University)
  • Dr. Emery Brown (Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School)
  • Dr. Jeremy Berg (Professor of Computational and Systems Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
  • Dr. Suzanne Blier (Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University)
  • Dr. Cass. R. Sunstein (Robert Walmsley Professor at Harvard Law School)
  • Dr. George Church (Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium (ILURS) is a platform for scholarly, interdisciplinary discourse amongst students across the Ivy League. The conference is held annually, and submissions  are accepted in four academic divisions: Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Art & Humanities, Social & Economic Sciences, and Engineering & Applied Sciences. ILURS seeks outstanding undergraduate research presentations from seminars, senior theses programs, independent studies, and research programs/fellowships.

ILURS 2020

  • Date: TBD
  • Location: University of Pennsylvania
  • Abstract submission deadline: TBD

The Symposium will feature notable keynote speakers and offer workshops connecting students and alumni from across the Ivy League. This year's symposium will provide distinguished undergraduate researchers with opportunities to present their research, network with other scholars, learn about post-graduate opportunities, and engage with professors and research professionals.

New to ILURS 2019 are the Poster Presentation Awards & Plenary Presentation Awards. Judged by a panel of esteemed University of Pennsylvania faculty, ILURS attendees will have the opportunity to be recognized for their exceptional research. 5 awards will be given in each poster presentation category and 3 overall awards will be presented for plenary presenters.