Newswise — The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has selected the University of West Florida (UWF) in Pensacola to host the spring 2022 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, “The University of West Florida’s dedication to diverse undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry initiatives makes it an exemplary environment for NCUR attendees. The area’s rich historical heritage and many amenities will provide a delightful setting for NCUR 2022.”

“The faculty, staff and students at the University of West Florida are delighted to host the annual National Council on Undergraduate Research conference in 2022," said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “Research expands student-learning opportunities beyond the classroom and teaches valuable skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. We look forward to meeting our counterparts from across the country and showing them all that UWF and Pensacola have to offer.”  

The annual gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all disciplines, providing a unique learning and networking opportunity, Ambos said. She noted that the event has expanded considerably since its inception in 1987, highlighting the increased importance of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry to institutions and employers. Fifty UWF participants attended NCUR 2017, and 55 UWF representatives participated in NCUR 2018, placing UWF among the top 20 institutions sending undergraduates to the conference.

Other upcoming hosts of NCUR include Kennesaw State University (2019), Montana State University Bozeman (2020), and California State University, Long Beach (2021). For more information on these events, visit



Founded in 1978, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is an organization of individual, institutional, and affiliate members from around the world that share a focus on providing high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity opportunities for faculty and students. More than 700 institutions and more than 13,000 individuals belong to CUR. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research, and that students engaged in undergraduate research succeed in their studies and professional advancement.

Home to five renowned academic colleges, the University of West Florida offers a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, as well as specialist degrees and two doctoral degrees. With an expansive campus and a reputation of valuable undergraduate research programs, UWF provides many benefits of a larger university while delivering a close-knit academic experience to a student population of approximately 13,000. UWF is a spirited community of learners who believe in the power of higher education—making an impact and launching the next generation of big thinkers who will change the world.

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