The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) supports faculty-mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity. We encourage undergraduates to pursue scholarly and creative projects and to present their results at regional and national professional meetings or conferences.
Support is available from the URC to help undergraduate students subsidize the cost of participating in professional meetings or conferences. This support could help alleviate registration costs (both virtual and in-person), travel expenses, lodging, and food.
Applications are accepted in the fall and spring terms. The faculty endorsement and application both need to be completed by the deadlines below.
- Fall Semester: October 15, 2023
- Spring Semester: March 15, 2024
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:
- Must be a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing. Cannot receive funding for a conference/meeting that takes place after graduation
- Must be presenting your research as first or second author (first or second named author on the research abstract) at a professional conference or meeting
- Must be attending the conference or meeting during the academic year in which you apply. Apply in the fall semester for conferences held August 15 through January 15. Apply in the spring semester for conferences held January 16 through August 14.
- Group/team applications are not accepted. You must apply as an individual and clearly state your contribution to the project
You may present a paper, poster, performance, film screening, or exhibit a work or group of works - whatever is customary in your discipline. Presentations can be either in-person or virtual.
Funding is dependent on the number of applicants and funds available but will not be more than $300, except in unusual circumstances. In most cases this will not cover all of your travel expenses. You are encouraged to seek funding from other sources to supplement your award (departments, your college, discipline-specific organizations, the Council on Undergraduate Research, etc.)
Part 1: Student Application
Students may earn conference presentation assistance from our office only once during their undergraduate careers at Binghamton University. Students are encouraged to submit their application before attending the conference but we will consider applications submitted after the conference depending on available funds and on evidence of conference attendance through through conference receipts. Students can access the application here.
Have the following information available:
- Mentor contact info
- You will need the email or letter of confirmation of your acceptance to be a participant in the program
- Complete budget (transportation, lodging, meals, registration, other) and receipts for a conference that has already taken place
- Conference information (name, location, dates, webpage)
- Presentation information (title and abstract).
You will also need to tell us how you will disseminate what you learned from this experience (e.g. presentation to biology club, community performance, presenting at the Research Days Poster Session, etc.).
Part 2: Faculty Endorsement
Faculty support of your application is critical. Your faculty mentor should complete their endorsement of your application on this form by the award deadline. Faculty may endorse ONLY 3 students each grant cycle (fall, spring). It is imperative that you speak with your faculty mentor early in the semester to discuss this opportunity.