WSU to Host NCUR 2012

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University has been selected to host the 26th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2012.

The three-day conference, which is expected to attract nearly 3,000 students and faculty, is the foremost undergraduate research conference in the United States.

“This is a huge event for WSU,” said John Cavitt, director of WSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research. “It not only will bring 3,000 people to our campus and community during the spring semester, but it is a terrific opportunity to highlight undergraduate research on our campus. The selection of WSU to host this national conference is an acknowledgement that WSU has taken a leadership role in undergraduate research.”

In order to be considered to host NCUR, WSU faculty and administration had to submit an extensive written bid outlining WSU’s ability to host the conference. The bid needed to focus on the university’s commitment to undergraduate research, something that WSU has put special emphasis on in recent years. WSU has hosted its own campus-wide undergraduate research symposium since 2004. Last year, 155 students participated in the symposium with poster displays, oral presentations and musical performances. Numerous WSU students have been selected to present their research at Posters on the Hill, a national undergraduate research conference held in Washington, D.C.

NCUR was first held at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1987. A national research conference open to all undergraduates had never been held before then. The first conference drew more than 400 participants from schools across the country. Now in existence for more than 20 years, the conference regularly hosts 2,000 students and their faculty mentors to present their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts and performances.

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Jon McBride, Office of Media Relations
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John Cavitt, director, Office of Undergraduate Research
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