Policies & Procedures

National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2018 Policies & Procedures

The Office of Student Research at Truman State University will provide funding for travel, lodging, and registration for a limited number of undergraduate students to present their research, scholarship, and creative activities at the 31st National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tennessee.

Application Procedures

To be considered for financial support to attend NCUR 2018, students must submit a travel application and an abstract to the Office of Student Research by Monday, Novemeber 13, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified no later than Friday, Nov. 27, 2017, and must submit their abstract to NCUR for consideration by the Dec. 5, 2017 deadline. Funds will be awarded pending acceptance of the abstract by NCUR. Instructions regarding the conference registration procedure will be communicated to students in January 2018.


All currently enrolled Truman undergraduate students are eligible to apply for funding to attend NCUR 2018.

Students must have worked with a Truman faculty or staff member who served as a mentor to the project. Only one application and abstract may be submitted by each student. If multiple students are listed as co-authors on an abstract, only one representative from the team will be funded to attend the conference.


Unsuccessful applicants for support from the Office of Student Research are encouraged to seek funds from other sources, such as their Department or School, or from externally funded programs. If they are able to identify an alternate source of funding, the Office of Student Research welcomes them to travel with the Truman group and will coordinate their registration and travel arrangements.

Abstract Information

Two abstracts per primary author are permitted. There is no limit on the number of abstracts submitted per co-author.

All abstracts will undergo a rigorous review by a panel of faculty reviewers. Abstract reviewers will evaluate submissions based on the criteria listed above and will assess overall merit within the context of the specific academic discipline.
Abstracts will:

  1. State, in clear terms, the central research question and the purpose of the research.
  2. Provide a brief discussion of the research methodology.
  3. State conclusions and significance.
  4. Include text only (no images or graphics)
  5. Be well organized.

Other formatting guidelines:

  1. References are allowed within abstracts, but not required.
  2. The form used by NCUR will not process all formatting and special characters (e.g., scientific symbols). Use plain text format for your abstract. There will be space in the form to include a link to online documentation, formulas, images, music files, etc. in support of your submission. You will be able use this space to provide a link to a location to view your abstract in its original form.
  3. Abstracts are limited to 300 words.

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