Newswise — The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has selected the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire to host the spring 2023 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 Lindsay Currie said, “The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire’s strong commitment to diverse opportunities in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry will provide an outstanding environment for NCUR attendees. The area’s many amenities will offer a congenial locale for NCUR 2023.”
UW–Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt said, “As the UW System Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration for more than 30 years, we couldn’t be prouder to be named the 2023 host for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Undergraduate research is a 50-plus-year tradition for UW–Eau Claire and an integral part of who we are as a university, with more than 40 percent of our students engaging in a scholarly faculty-mentored research experience before they graduate. We can’t wait to open our campus and community to student researchers and faculty mentors from across the country for this important national event.”
This annual gathering of student scholars welcomes presenters from all higher education institutions and from all disciplines, providing a unique learning and networking opportunity. The conference has grown considerably since its inception in 1987, highlighting the increased importance of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry to institutions and employers. UW-Eau Claire has had a substantial presence at NCUR in recent years: 62 UW-Eau Claire individuals participated in NCUR 2018, and 37 UW-Eau Claire representatives participated in NCUR 2019 (placing the university among the top-20 institutions sending undergraduates to the conference).
Other upcoming hosts of NCUR include California State University, Long Beach (2021) and University of West Florida (2022).
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.
The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire has served as a respected higher education institution in western Wisconsin since 1916. UW–Eau Claire has approximately 1,300 faculty and staff, and an enrollment of approximately 10,700 students pursuing courses of study selected from among more than 115 majors, minors, and graduate and certificate programs. At UW–Eau Claire, it is the goal that before graduation, every student experience at least one of the outstanding hands-on learning opportunities that set a UW–Eau Claire education apart — including faculty-student research, study abroad, internships, and domestic or international cultural immersion programs. In 2016, UW–Eau Claire received CUR’s Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments, an annual award that recognizes exemplary programs providing high-quality undergraduate research experiences.