Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is GURC being held as scheduled?
At this time, we are moving forward with our plans to host GURC 2020 as scheduled. As new information becomes available, we will make updates/announcements on our website.
What is GURC?
The Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference is a regional, multidisciplinary conference open to undergraduates both within Georgia and beyond. GURC is hosted by Georgia universities for two academic years at a time. UWG has the privilege of hosting GURC 2020 and 2021. GURC 2020 will be held at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia, on October 23-24, 2020.
Who is allowed to apply?
Current undergraduate students from all disciplines.
Spring and Summer 2020 graduates may also apply as long as their research was completed while they were undergraduates.
Why should I attend or present?
Presenting or even attending research conferences gives students the opportunity to contribute to their professional development as well as networking with potential contacts for future employment positions or graduate schools. In fact, GURC hosts a graduate school fair for students to meet recruiters from several graduate programs. Students can also list their presentations on their resumes/vitaes when applying for jobs and graduate programs. Additionally, students will learn about and also contribute to the most recent advances in their field.
How do I apply and register?
Registration information will be posted on the Registration tab this fall.
Registration for the conference for individual tickets (for all presenters, attendees, faculty, etc.) is:
- $50 (before October 16, 2020)
- $60 (after October 16, 2020 and on-site)
How do I write an abstract?
Work with your faculty mentor to write an abstract that is appropriate within your discipline. Your abstract summarizes your work and should be no longer than 300 words. It should include your research question, methods, and outcomes/conclusions. Abstracts should be written for an educated audience, though not necessarily in your exact field.
What if I’ve never presented at a conference before?
GURC welcomes first-time presenters! Work with your faculty mentor and/or your campus’s undergraduate research office to craft your presentation and to practice. See the Presentation Guidelines tab for more detailed information.
Does my research project need to be completed at the time I submit my abstract?
No. Abstracts can be submitted for projects that are ongoing or are still collecting or analyzing data.
Do I have to be working with a faculty mentor?
Yes. Your undergraduate research should be completed under the guidance of a faculty mentor. You’ll be required to include your faculty mentor’s contact information with your abstract submission.
Am I allowed to submit more than one proposal?
Yes, we welcome multiple abstracts from the same author, but may need to limit selection due to schedule constraints.
How do I submit my proposal?
You can submit your abstract online. A link to submit will be posted on the GURC 2020 website when that is available this fall.
What happens after I submit my proposal?
Once you submit your proposal and the application deadline closes, your submission will be reviewed by our team of GURC reviewers. GURC will notify all applicants of their admissions decision prior to the conference.
Who reviews my proposal?
GURC faculty reviewers from colleges and universities throughout Georgia.
Can my friends and family come to my presentation? Do they need to register?
Friends, family, and UWG students are allowed to attend single presentations for free. Registration primarily covers the Friday afternoon reception, keynote speaker, program printing, and lunch fees; therefore visitors are not allowed to participate in those events unless they have registered. Parents and other guests of local presenters who plan to attend only their student’s presentation session may stop by the registration table in the Campus Center to pick up a complimentary Parent/Guest Pass. Parents/guests planning to attend multiple sessions, lunch, etc. should register for the conference.