Mission Statement

The mission of the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) is to promote undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity, done with the mentorship of a faculty member or others, through an annual conference.

Undergraduate research has been demonstrated as one of the truly high-impact educational practices. Student presentations are welcome in all fields and disciplines from the creative and performing arts to biomedical, engineering, and social science research.

The History of UCUR

 

In 1987, the University of North Carolina at Asheville conceived the idea to host a National Conference focused on undergraduate research. That first conference drew about 400 students from all over the country. In existence for over twenty years, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) now regularly hosts more than 2,000 students who present their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts, and performances.

In 2005 the Utah System of Higher Education approved a proposal from Joyce Kinkead (Utah State University) and John Francis (University of Utah) to organize a conference similar to NCUR, but on a state level. Taking NCUR as inspiration, a group of faculty and administrators responsible for undergraduate research at all institutions in Utah—public and private—came together in 2006 to organize the first annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) which was chaired by Joyce Kinkead (Utah State University) and Steve Roens and Jill Baeder (University of Utah) and hosted at the University of Utah’s Olpin Union Building on Friday, February 2, 2007.

Previous Locations and Chairs

2007, University of Utah
Chairs: Joyce Kinkead (USU), Steve Roens and Jill Baeder (Utah)

2008, Utah Valley University
Chairs: Lori Palmer (UVU) and Nancy Davis (BYU)

2009, Westminster College
Chairs: Tim Dolan and Carolyn Connell

2010, Southern Utah University
Chair: Lynn White

2011, Weber State University
Chairs: John Cavitt, Lauren Fowler, Amy Douangdara, and Jennifer Wozab

2012, Weber State University
NCUR hosted at Weber State University

2013, Utah State University
Chair: Scott Bates and Anna McEntire

2014, Brigham Young University
Chairs: Chadra Poulson, Gene Larson, and Josh Leavitt

2015, Dixie State University
Chairs: Stephen Armstrong and Christine Arlotti

2016, University of Utah
Chairs: Rachel Hayes-Harb and Stephanie Shiver

2017, Utah Valley University
Chair: Richard Tafalla

2018, Southern Utah University
Chair: Mackay Steffensen

2019, Weber State University
Chairs: John Cavitt and Erin Bryner Kendall

2020, Utah State University
Chairs: Alexa Sand and Athena Dupont

2021, Brigham Young University
Chairs: Larry Howell and Lynn Patten

2022, Dixie State University
Chairs: Rico Del Sesto and Olga Pilkington

Research office

Email: research@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-879-4488

Office: HCC 488