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 defray the cost of participating in a professional meeting or conference.
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 during the spring semester for summer conferences
- 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 exhibition of a work or group of works - whatever is customary in your discipline.
Funding is dependent on the number of applicants and funds available but will not be more than $300. 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.)
Students may earn conference presentation assistance from our office only once during their undergraduate careers at Binghamton University. Submit your application before attending the conference (we will consider applications submitted after the conference dependant on available funds).
Have the following information available: Mentor contact info, complete budget (transportation, lodging, meals, registration, other), conference information (name, location, dates, webpage), and 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.).
Faculty support of your application is critical. Your faculty mentor will receive an email after you submit your application with information on how to endorse your application. 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.