Council on Undergraduate Research, Posters on the Hill

Congratulations to Carlo Paredes and Neil Shah for their presentation at the 2011 Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Posters on the Hill!

Carlo and Neal with their UCLA Faculty Mentor Dr. Robert Candler, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than the words and stories of the student participants themselves. In the Spring of 2015 the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event will help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.

CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR's divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). Please note: It is unlikely that more than one student project will be selected per school, but up to four students may be associated with a project.

Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using our on-line submission form. Prior to submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, advisors and sponsors (if applicable), prepare a short vitae/resume, and poster abstract.

UCLA is an institutional member of CUR so UCLA students are eligible to apply.

For more information, and the link to submit an application, please visit the official website for Posters on the Hill

Please refer to the "Information Required to Submit" document link before accessing the application. Once you submit your abstract you will receive an email confirmation. An email confirmation will also be sent to the Advisor listed on your application. Their email will include directions on how to upload an electronic letter of recommendation. This letter must be on institutional letterhead. Abstracts that are received for which no letter of recommendation has been submitted will not be considered. Only one letter of recommendation should be sent, and the signature on the letter must match the name of the advisor listed in the application. Multiple advisors may sign the single letter.

Abstract Submission Period for the 2016 Posters on the Hill Session is September 2-November 4, 2015.

For those selected to be presenters, as well as their advisors there will be a registration fee assessed to partially cover the expenses of breakfast, evening reception and facility/equipment rental. Guests of students will be able to attend at a discounted rate.

A committee of CUR members anticipates selecting approximately 60 posters for participation in the poster session. Students selected for participation will be notified in late February.

Funds are not available through CUR to support costs associated with student travel and lodging for the poster session. Please inform Dr. Hasson in the URC-Sciences office if you are selected to present. We will work to fund your trip!!  While students may present their poster without mentor accompaniment, mentors are strongly encouraged to participate in the poster session.

A full day of activities is anticipated. In addition to the evening poster session and reception tentatively in April, there will be field trip opportunities the day before, followed by an evening orientation session with a light dinner, and morning speaker session with a continental breakfast the day of the session. Students and their advisors will have an opportunity to visit their Congressional Representatives and Senators to talk about undergraduate research. CUR will provide instructions for setting up these meetings. UCLA's office of Federal Relations will assist you with setting up these important visits.

The primary selection criteria include:
  • project quality, (e.g. timeliness, level of completion, and interest to both the scholarly and general communities),
     
  • communication skills (e.g. being understandable by any educated person), and
     
  • disciplinary and geographical distribution.


Website

Council on Undergraduate Research

Conference Date: Spring 2016 (Usually in April-will be finalized upon release of Congressional calendar)

Contact Information

Dr. Tama Hasson
URC-Sciences Director
thasson@college.ucla.edu

Please let Dr. Hasson know via email if you submit to CUR Posters on the Hill so that she can assist you if your poster is selected.  Good luck!