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2023 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Hosted by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) promotes undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity through an annual conference for students. NCUR is unique because it welcomes students from all institutions of higher learning and from all disciplines.

Abstract submission and registration opens Fall of 2022.

The UWEC NCUR logo, featuring the year 2023 and a bridge over water.

Join us in Eau Claire April 13-15, 2023!

NCUR will be hosted by UW-Eau Claire in the picturesque city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The theme, Research at the Confluence, represents a "bringing together" of artistic fields and other disciplines. This theme not only represents the goal of the conference, but Eau Claire itself. Eau Claire was founded at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers, and this site is now home to the Pablo Center at the Confluence, the performing arts complex that will play a major role in NCUR programming.

We are honored to be hosting such an important and exciting event in-person. If you'd like to learn more about the history of NCUR and its mission, you can visit their site here.

During NCUR I was able to meet other undergraduate students from around the country in similar areas of research, as well as learn about topics outside of my research field, such as in the humanities and other areas of STEM. I would strongly encourage every undergraduate student who's engaging in research to present their findings at NCUR, and for all undergraduate students to attend to learn about current research in fields beyond their coursework.

Anna Waller Chemistry, Spanish, and Latin American Studies

Schedule of Events

Please review the schedules for each day of NCUR below. Additional details to follow.

Quick Pitch Competition

Free Competition/Cash Prizes - Requires Pre-Registration

The WiSys Quick Pitch training and competition teaches student researchers to make their projects accessible for all audiences and across disciplines. Being able to talk about the impact of their research can facilitate collaborations and prepare students for large research conferences like NCUR. We also know that public speaking can be intimidating, especially when doing it for the first time. That's why WiSys and UW-Eau Claire will provide hands-on training and support to NCUR attendees for honing their communication skills.

MAYO SDoH Challenge

Free Competition/Cash Prizes - Requires Pre-Registration (limited space)

Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are the non-medical components of healthcare such as food and housing insecurity, transportation to appointments/ prescription pick-up and education inequity which detrimental effects on patient’s likelihood of getting sick and their ability to participate in their treatment plans. The concept of SDoH are relatively new, only being formally introduced in 2014, but have been receiving more attention both at the policy-level (e.g., Affordable Care Act, 2010) and within medical professional societies. As an Accountable Care Organization, Mayo Clinic is held to more responsibility for health outcomes. Information technology is one tool that has been proposed to help understand and address how barriers to health and medical care can be overcome. 

Fun Run Excursion

Pre-Registration Required

Enjoy a 5k run/walk through Putnam Park, a Wisconsin State Natural Area adjacent to the UWEC campus.  More than 400 species of plants, 100 species of birds in summer, and 23 mammal species have been recorded within the park. Come to race, or just enjoy the beauty of the morning.

Open Sessions

  • FAN Sessions
  • Opening Plenary Speaker
  • Futures Fair
  • Gallery Presentations
  • Oral Sessions
  • Campus Fun – Rec Activities, eSports Gaming, Student Org Fair, Therapy dogs, Kubb demonstrations, and more
  • Special Sessions – Hmong Heritage Month celebrations, Mayo Healing Reflections, Bullet Journaling Workshop, FreakQ Week Short Films, and more!
  • Food Trucks!
  • Movie
  • Karaoke
  • Library After Dark Event

Open Sessions

  • Special Sessions – EDI Make and take, meditation and yoga, Korean Drum workshop, How to Quick Pitch, Excel energy car, Imposter Syndrome and more!
  • FAN Sessions
  • Future Fairs
  • Gallery Presentations
  • Oral Sessions
  • Campus Fun – Rec Activities, eSports Gaming, Student Org Fair, Therapy dogs, Kubb demonstrations, and more
  • Keynote Speaker

Guided Bike Tour

Pre-Registration Required. The cost is $5.00 (t-shirt included) + bike rental.

Stretch your legs by joining us for a biking tour of Eau Claire. This trip on paved trails and quiet streets will introduce you to our community’s beautiful rivers and pedestrian bridges, and we’ll also talk about local sustainability initiatives and how UW-Eau Claire research is impacting our city. Plan for 12 miles and 1 hour of biking, and maybe an ice cream stop along the way. We provide the bike + helmet, you bring a water bottle, closed-toe shoes, and a few dollars for an ice cream cone. An activity waiver will also be required prior to participation. Come ride with us! 

Mayo Clinic - Beyond the Red Line Tour

Free with limited space.

Most of us have only viewed hospitals through the lens of a patient or family member.  We are all too familiar with the registration desk, examination room and hospital bed.  Join us for this insider’s look Behind the Red Line.  This event will take you from the Mayo One helicopter, to the Emergency Department trauma bay, to the Operating Room and Critical Care Unit.  This two hour event hour will be enlightening to anyone who has donned a hospital gown and put their trust in the people in scrubs and behind the surgical mask. Participants will participate in the care of a critically ill patient, interact with the numerous specialists involved in delivering world-class medical care, and get to learn and practice key skills to be a member of a high-performance team. Don your scrubs, scrub in, and see the world from this unique perspective!

Eau Claire Food Tour

Discover Eau Claire's downtown confluence district as you taste foods and beverages from independently owned and operated establishments and learn about Eau Claire's rich history.  Follow the pass to get the code at several businesses to win prizes.  Some business featured on the Eau Claire NCUR Pass 

Crossing The Bridge: The Music, Art, and Culture of Eau Claire

On Friday night, venture across the river and explore the thriving arts scene of Downtown Eau Claire.  An evening complete with live local and regional music, a myriad of visual art, comedic performances, spoken word poetry, and, of course, plenty of cheese curds.  With acts ranging from Hip-Hop to Jazz to Folk to Bluegrass, there’s something for everyone!  The event will occur throughout downtown Eau Claire in cherished local institutions like The Plus and Acoustic Café and in several of the newest hotspots such as The Dive and The Metro.  In addition to the entertainment venues, the streets will be filled with local musicians and several spots to grab that perfect selfie to commemorate the evening.  So take a stroll downtown, investigate local shops, and discover the atmosphere that has made Eau Claire a city of clear water and cool vibes.

Open Sessions

  • Special Sessions – coffee and roundtable, How to Quick Pitch, Intentionally Living Well, Sustainability Breakfast and more. 
  • FAN Sessions
  • Gallery Presentations
  • Oral Sessions
  • Performance Sessions
  • Poster Sessions
  • Closing Plenary Speaker
  • Excursions – CVTC Tours, Artisan Forge and Pablo Tours, Chippewa Valley Museum Tour, Beaver Creek Reserve Tour

Lodging and Transportation

Please check back in spring 2022 for more information on travel and lodging.

Check back soon for lodging details!

Check back soon for transportation details!

Get Involved

Are you a student, faculty, staff or community member interested in volunteering or getting involved? Please take just a few minutes to complete our survey and you will be contacted regarding your interest.

If you would like to stay up-to-date with the latest communications and deadlines or have any other inquiries, please email us at ncur2023@uwec.edu.

NCUR is one of the only national conferences that extends across every academic discipline. Students will connect with their peers and truly notice how their research is related to all other fields. NCUR is an opportunity for faculty to rediscover their academic well-roundedness, beyond the scope of their specialty.

Dr. Jim Phillips Professor and Department Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
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