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About UCUR


The mission of the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) is to promote undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity, done with the mentorship of a faculty member or others, through an annual conference. Undergraduate research has been demonstrated as one of the truly high-impact educational practices. Student presentations are welcome in all fields and disciplines from the creative and performing arts to biomedical, engineering, and social science research.


The Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) is modeled after the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and organized by a committee of representatives from educational institutions across the state. The conference celebrates academic, professional, and personal achievements resulting from undergraduate research projects or creative endeavors.

Undergraduates from all disciplines are invited to apply for the conference, which provides an excellent opportunity for students to present their work in a scholarly setting to students, faculty, field specialists, and community members. Presentations may include both visual and oral displays of work in all academic disciplines, from art history to molecular biology as well as performance of creative research within the visual and performing arts.

History of UCUR Sites and Conference Chairs

2007 – University of Utah
Chairs: Joyce Kinkead (USU), Steve Roens (UofU), and Jill Baeder (UofU)

2008 – Utah Valley University
Chairs: Lori Palmer (UVU) and Nancy Davis (BYU)

2009 – Westminster College
Chairs: Tim Dolan and Carolyn Connel

2010 – Southern Utah University
Chairs: Lynn White

2011 – Weber State University
Chairs: John Cavitt, Lauren Fowler, Amy Douangdara, and Jennifer Wozab

2012 – Weber State University
NCUR hosted at Weber State University

2013 – Utah State University
Chairs: Scott Bates
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2014 – Brigham Young University
Chairs: Chadra Poulson, Gene Larson, Josh Leavitt
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2015 – Dixie State University
Chairs: Stephen Armstrong, Christine Arlotti
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2016 – University of Utah
Chairs: Rachel Hayes-Harb and Stephanie Shiver
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2017 – Utah Valley University

2018 – Southern Utah University
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2019 – Weber State University
Chairs: John Cavitt and Erin Bryner Kendall

2020 – Utah State University
Chairs: Alexa Sand and Athena Dupont
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2021 – Brigham Young University
Chairs: Larry Howell and Lynn Patten
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2022 – Dixie State University
Chair: Rico Del Sesto
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2023 – University of Utah
Chairs: Annie Isabel Fukushima, Cindy Greaves, Megan Shannahan

Institutional and State-Wide Partners

University of Utah Campus Partners

Undergraduate Studies
Office of Undergraduate Research
Vice President for Research
College of Mines & Earth Sciences
Graduate School
J. Willard Marriott Library
Utah Museum of Fine Arts



We would like to thank the following individuals from our institutional partners:

Lynn Patten, Executive Assistant, Brigham Young University
Larry Howell, PhD, Associate Academic Vice President, Brigham Young University
Lucy Smith, Director, Salt Lake Community College
Lane Law, Research Manager, Salt Lake Community College
Melanie Jenkins, Provost, Snow College
Bill Heyborne, PhD, Associate Provost, Southern Utah University
Athena Dupont, Senior Program Coordinator, Utah State University
Alexa Sand, PhD, Associate Vice President, Utah State University
Vinodh Chellamuthu, PhD, Utah Tech University
Rico Del Sesto, PhD, Utah Tech University
Shelly Andrus, Program Director, Utah Valley University
Tracey Covey, PhD, Associate Director, Weber State University
Erin Kendall, Weber State University
Kathryn Julian, PhD, Westminster College
Julie Hartley, Associate Commissioner, USHE

University of Utah Campus Partners

The committee would like to thank the following for making UCUR 2023 possible:

  • Tiffany Baffour, Graduate School Diversity Office
  • Jeff Bates, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Megan Bettilyon, College of Science
  • Andree Boggess & the Student Union team
  • Josh Chang, OUR Leader
  • Shelly Christensen, Marketing & Communications
  • Eunice Contreras, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Xoel Cardenas, Office of Vice President for Research
  • Ruby Coria, TRIO
  • Daniel Cario, Student Diversity & Inclusion
  • Eli Covarrubias, Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Kaity Coward & the Guest House team
  • Clarisa Depari, Office of the Vice President for Research
  • Anne Dibble, Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • Marissa Diener, LEAP/Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • Annie Fukushima, Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Gauri Gaug, OUR Leader
  • Claudia Geist, Gender Studies & Sociology
  • Cindy Greaves, Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Halie Gunderson & the Chartwells team
  • Amy Harcourt & the Eccles Alumni House team
  • Jakob Jensen, Office of Vice President for Research
  • Toya Jules, Impact Scholars
  • Lauri Linder, College of Nursing
  • Caroline Luman, Academic Advising Center
  • Sam Lyons, Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • Karen Marsh, College of Humanities
  • Eliana Massey, OUR Leader
  • Debbie Matticks, Undergraduate Studies Dean's Office
  • Megan Medina, Bennion Center
  • Melika Moeinvaziri, OUR Leader
  • Roshetta Mokofisi, Graduate School Diversity Office
  • Abigaile Molzer, Student Success and Transformative Experiences
  • Anne Morrow, Marriott Library
  • Katherine Pagano, Martha Bradley Evans Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Shelly Parker, Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Louise Pedersen, Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • Ava Peitz, OUR Leader
  • Brendon Quirk, Geology & Geophysics
  • Paton Roden, New Leadership Academy
  • Jude Ruelas, Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Megan Shannahan, Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Davor Simunovic, Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • Cassie Slattery, College of Science
  • Rick Solis, Graduate School's Diversity Office
  • Virginia Solomon, Honors College
  • Mark St. Andre, Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • Sophie Stevens, OUR Leader
  • Sarthak Tiwari, OUR Leader
  • Emi Wickens, OUR Leader
  • Bryce Williams, First-Year Utah, Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • Jen Wozab, School of Cultural and Social Transformation

Thank you to the following presentation session moderators:

  • Jim Agutter
  • Yoshimi Anzai
  • Maile Arvin
  • Jeff Bates
  • Nicole Batt
  • Pamela Cappas-Toro
  • Fabienne Chevance
  • Juliana Chow
  • Brian Codding
  • Jeff Coles
  • Ann Engar
  • Kimberley Evason
  • Jordan Gerton
  • Rajeshwary Ghosh
  • Ken Golden
  • John Gordon
  • Jane Hatter
  • Rachel Hayes-Harb
  • Vincent Koppelmans
  • Tony Lam
  • Becky Larsen
  • Lane Law
  • Tommaso Lenzi
  • Shavauna Munster
  • Matt Ogburn
  • Gen Parkman
  • Dan Paul
  • Anandh Babu Pon Velayutham
  • Andrew Roberts
  • Caroline Saouma
  • Rebecca Simmons
  • Mark St. Andre
  • Dave Symons

Thank you to the following poster evaluators:

  • Jason Adams
  • Emmanuel Kofi Addo
  • Satheesh Babu Adhini Kuppuswamy
  • Jessica Anstee
  • Cheryl Armstrong
  • Husile Bai
  • Ja'net Baide
  • Jeff Bates
  • Gregory Boiczyk
  • Molly Buccola
  • Monika Buczak
  • Kanokwan Bunsawat
  • Anna Busatto
  • Vanessa Bustamante
  • Arturo Canela
  • James Carrington
  • Debjani Chakravarty
  • Sarah Chan
  • Britney Chen
  • Gay Cookson
  • Allyson Copeland
  • Meghan Curtin
  • Anna Darelli-Anderson
  • Maura  Dougherty
  • Emily Dunston
  • Robert Falconer
  • Tanya Flores
  • Pauline Fonua
  • Megan Frost
  • Jozxelle Gao
  • Julie Gee
  • Claudia Geist
  • Sasha Gordon
  • Robert Hadfield
  • Gannet  Hallar
  • Sanchaita Hazra
  • Sophie Hochhauser
  • Heather Hoyt
  • Kazi Sinthia Kabir
  • Aaron Kaplan
  • Rand Kingsford
  • Lane Law
  • Vivian Lee
  • Amanda LeMatty
  • Mitchell Lewis
  • Jazmine Lopez
  • Joaquin Lopez Huertas
  • Sarah Lucas
  • Emma Luke
  • Maggie Marchant
  • Leonardo Marin
  • Alan Maschek
  • Kelsey Maslana
  • Maggie McCracken
  • Amy McDonnell
  • Colin McNabb
  • Uchechukwu Mgbike
  • Andrew Miller
  • Spencer Minyo
  • Sejal Mistry
  • Ken Monson
  • Sohom Mookherjee
  • Tian Morrison
  • Teagan Mulford
  • Naveen Nagarajan
  • Jennie Nelson
  • Shannon Nelson
  • Camille Nguyen
  • Jacklyn Nguyen
  • Rebekah Nicholson
  • Sama Noroozi Gilandehi
  • Madison Parrot
  • Noah Pearson
  • Andrew Peterson
  • Mani Rajagopal
  • Rickelle Richards
  • Paton Roden
  • Shahrzad Roshankhah
  • Vanessa Ruelas
  • Martha  Ruiz Castillo
  • Lindsay Rupp
  • Sushanto Kumar Saha
  • Sahlil Ahmed Sahlil
  • Mohammad Samha
  • Becca Schnabel
  • Mathilda Scott
  • Allison Segal
  • Anu Shankar
  • Megan Shannahan
  • Farshid Shojaeianforoud
  • Neetu Singh
  • Sidney Sithole
  • Rachel Skabelund
  • Christina Small
  • Sarah Small
  • Ashton Snelgrove
  • Marietta Sperry
  • Sankar Srinivasan
  • Karly Stanley
  • Laura Sutherland
  • Clayton Szczech
  • Jason Thomas
  • Caleb Thomson
  • Emily Tighe
  • Mitali Tyagi
  • Sweta Ukey
  • Steven Valdez
  • Michael Von Gunten
  • Hillary Wadsworth
  • Alicia Walker
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Ali Watts
  • Matt Wilson
  • Tashelle Wright
  • Kristopher Young
  • Grace Zimmerman