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The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) has issued a call for papers for its 20th annual conference, which will be hosted by University of North Carolina at Asheville April 6-8.

An NCUR planning meeting will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday in Gagnon Lecture Hall, Hugel Science Center room 100. Travel, lodging, and other issues will be addressed. Reservations should be made tothompsoj by Monday.

Thirty-nine Lafayette students who submitted applications for the 2005 conference were invited to give presentations on their scholarly research. Continuing Lafayette’s tradition of sending one of the largest contingents to NCUR, 35 students attended, including Britney McCoy ’05(Upper Marlboro, Md.), who went on to graduate as a double major in A.B. engineering and government & law.

“NCUR is an environment that promotes intellectual dialogue, and a great learning experience,” says McCoy, who gave a presentation entitled “Searching for Environmental Justice for Urban Water Systems,” which she researched under the guidance of Sharon Jones, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. “My overall experience is something that I will never forget because my mind was able to absorb so much information in a three-day conference. I love environments where creative juices run freely.”

Applicants for the 20th annual conference must complete the online abstract submission form at the conference website to be considered for acceptance. A copy of the abstract should be emailed to David Veshosky, associate professor of civil and enviornmental engineering and director of the A.B. engineering program, at veshoskd and June Thompson, administrative assistant for postgraduate studies and fellowships/preprofessional advising, atthompsoj.

The College covers registration, travel, and lodging expenses for all students whose abstracts are accepted for presentation at the conference. Students normally are expected to pay for their own meals. Those doing independent research or creative works are encouraged to apply to give a presentation.

While NCUR receives more than 3,000 abstract submissions each year, only approximately 1,800 will be accepted for presentation at the conference. Students should wait for notification of acceptance before registering for NCUR.

Conference timeline:

  • Friday, Dec. 2 — Deadline for applications and abstracts
  • November — Online conference registration begins
  • Friday, Jan. 13 — Notification of decision on abstracts
  • Friday, Feb. 17 — Registration deadline
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