URC 2016


Essential Conference Information

Conference Date:  April 7, 2017

Submission Opens:  January 15, 2017

Submission/Registration Deadline:   February 15, 2017

     Due to the large number of student submissions, we are not able to accept submissions received after the February 15 deadline.

Keynote Speaker:

The 2017 Butler Undergraduate Research Conference theme is Civic Engagement: Advocacy and Agency for Empowering Communities. We are thrilled that Dr. Steve Hunt, Interim Executive Director of the School of Communication at Illinois State University, will deliver our keynote address. Dr. Hunt is an expert in the field of communication education and his research interests include the pedagogy of civic and political engagement, critical thinking, communication skill assessment, and training/mentoring graduate students.

Begin thinking about your 2017 URC Presentation--we have two new categories!

In addition to oral presentations, poster presentations, and art exhibitions, we are happy to announce two new categories for the 2017 URC: Competitive Papers and Research Roundtables.

Competitive Papers: 

Students who have completed a project are invited to submit their papers to be competitively reviewed for presentation at the conference. Those students who submit their papers for review will be scheduled to present in specially identified "Director's Sessions." These sessions will include time devoted to offer students specific feedback on their projects from scholars within the students' disciplines. Reviewers of the Competitive Papers will also rank the papers. The four highest-ranked Competitive Papers will be featured in the Top Papers panel. The author(s) of the top ranked paper will receive $300, the second highest ranked author(s) will receive $150, and the third and fourth highest ranked papers will receive $50.

To submit your paper for Competitive Review, attach your paper as a Word or pdf document to an e-mail no later than February 15, 2017 to urc@butler.edu. Be sure to include your name, your university, the name of your Faculty Sponsor, and your Faculty Sponsor's e-mail address. 

Research Roundtables:

To continue our focus on developing scholars, the URC will feature another venue for students to share preliminary results in the form of Research Roundtables. To participate in a roundtable, students will submit a 250-word abstract of the project they intend to complete or have partially completed. The day of the URC, students will be grouped according to research interests/methodologies and will participate in a roundtable discussion whereby they share the status of their project and receive feedback from seasoned researchers in their field. 

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Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the URC.

Additional Information

Future URC Dates

April 13, 2018
April 12, 2019
April 17, 2020
April 9, 2021