Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference and some basic answers to these questions. Please read through these questions and answers to see if you can find what you need here. If you still have not found the information you need here, please e-mail us and we will answer any questions you may have that are not addressed below.


Yes, and each presentation must have a faculty sponsor.

There is no limit on the number of names that can be included as the authors of an oral presentation or poster presentation; however, due to time constraints, we strongly recommend that no more than TWO students present during an oral presentation session or a poster session.

If a project is completed by a large group or by an entire class, we recommend that you consider breaking the project into sections and having two students present each section of the work (this situation is best suited for the poster session format.

When a work has two presenters, one student serves as the primary presenter and submits an abstract via the URC Website. That student will list the name of the other presenter and any additional authors. The second presenter should also register at the same time but does not submit an abstract. If additional authors of a presentation wish to attend the conference, each student should register as a conference attendee.

Yes. When you submit your abstract you must indicate the format of your proposal: Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation, Research Roundtable, or Art Exhibit.

Yes, but no student may submit more than two presentations. Students may participate in two oral presentations or one oral presentation and one poster presentation.

You do not need to submit a complete research paper unless you want to participate in the Competitive Paper division. If you want your completed project to be considered for the Competitive Paper prize, then you will need to (1) create an account on the URC site, (2) create a presentation--be sure to select Competitive Paper as your discipline--and include your title and 250-word abstract, and (3) e-mail your paper as an attachment to no later than February 15. If you do not want to participate in the Competitive Paper division, you only need to submit the title of your project and a 250-word abstract. There are no format requirements for your abstract, though we recommend that you compose your abstract in a word processing program and then copy and paste your abstract into the appropriate area on the URC site.

If you want your completed project to be considered for the Competitive Paper prize, then you will need to (1) create an account on the URC site, (2) create a presentation--be sure to select Competitive Paper as your discipline--and include your title and 250-word abstract, and (3) e-mail your paper as an attachment to no later than February 15.

Papers submitted in this division must be no longer than 20 pages (excluding references/images), completed by students only (i.e., faculty cannot be co-authors), cannot be previously published, and must be in English.

All competitive papers will be reviewed by faculty across the nation. Be sure to write your paper for a general audience. The author(s) of the highest ranking will be awarded $300; the author(s) of the second highest ranked paper will be awarded $150, and the authors of the third and fourth highest ranked paper will be awarded $50.

Yes. You may view sample abstracts from the 2017 URC.

Butler University Libraries will be archiving the Undergraduate Research Conference's abstracts in Digital Commons @ Butler University, an online archive of scholarship, and would like to extend an invitation to all participants to submit their research posters, presentations, and/or papers.

Permanence: Isn't it annoying when links break or you run into a 404 error on a website? We're dedicated to preserving your content digitally, so the link for your research will be good for years to come. Include it on your resume and in your portfolio without fear.

Visibility: Your work is important. The scholarship you're presenting could help shape future academic endeavors, but if you only share your research with conference attendees, it's not making much of an impact. Put it online and make it discoverable by Google and you'll have hundreds, if not thousands, of people reading your work. Fun Fact: One of the most popular items in Digital Commons is a student thesis! It has been downloaded over 4,000 times.

Stake Your Claim: By making your work publicly available, you're becoming part of the scholarly record. Scholars in your field will be able to view and cite your work.

Given all these benefits, however, there are a few reasons why you might need to refrain from making your research available online:

Copyright Concerns: If you have images, sheet music, or other copyrighted materials included in your research that you do not have permission to use from their copyright owners, you should not make your research available in Digital Commons.

Privacy Concerns: If you have photographs, audio, video, or text in your research that may infringe on someone's privacy, you should not post your work in Digital Commons. If you are uncomfortable making your research openly available on the web, you are not required to make your work available in Digital Commons and you should think carefully before submitting.

Publication Concerns: If you are thinking about formally publishing your research, you may want to discuss with your faculty advisor whether you should submit your work to Digital Commons.

Yes. If you wish to deliver a presentation in a language other than English, please select "Modern Foreign Language" as your desired topic area on the abstract submission form. We do ask that you submit your abstract in English and incude the following sentence at the end of your abstract: "This presentation will be delivered in [insert name of foreign language]."

No. We are fortunate to have many presenters present their research at our conference, but that means that we are unable to change the program once it is published.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation from the system, and the e-mail will include a submission or registration confirmation number.

No. As you finish your research, you may learn that something you indicated you would do or say in your abstract is not true or not possible. Please tell your audience of the change when you deliver the presentation.

Submitting an abstract for presentation is a professional commitment. If you submit an abstract, you are agreeing to present it at the conference on that day. If you are, for reasons beyond your control, unable to attend, you should first try to get an undergraduate colleague to present the paper for you. If you cannot find someone to replace you, send an e-mail to to inform us that you are unable to attend and are unable to find a replacement. We will inform the session moderator that you will not be able to present. Please note: We are unable to refund registration fees for any reason.

Unfortunately, no--please be sure to double check your submission before clicking on "Submit."

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