Guidelines for Professional Conference Classification

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UNC undergraduates are eligible to apply for funding from OUR in order to present their original research at professional conferences (Conference Travel Funding). They are also able to fulfill a Carolina Research Scholar Program requirement by presenting at a professional conference. Please use the following guidelines to determine whether or not the conference you plan to attend would be considered a “professional conference.” If you feel that your conference does not meet these criteria but is still a “professional” conference for some reason, please email our@unc.edu.

Professional Conference Guidelines
  • The conference must be sponsored by a professional organization or academic institution.
  • The conference must not be specially designated for students (either undergraduate or graduate). This is usually stated in the call for papers or the call for abstracts.
  • A student participant must present in the same way that a professional participant would present.
  • The student participant must be invited to present at the conference.
  • The research conducted must be associated with UNC-Chapel Hill and the research advisor must be a UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member.
Examples of Professional Conferences