Celebration of Undergraduate Research (CUR)

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cur_coupleThe Celebration of Undergraduate Research (CUR) is an annual research symposium for UNC undergrads held in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Student present posters and deliver talks in concurrent poster and platform sessions. The Celebration is sponsored by the Office for Undergraduate Research and co-sponsored by The Roosevelt Institute. The goal of the Celebration is to showcase and encourage meaningful research in all disciplines by undergraduates at the UNC-Chapel Hill.

student_fac_presentPlan to attend the Fifteenth Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research at UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday, April 14, 2014, from 1:00-3:15 pm at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Be sure to pick up a Research Bingo card and fill it out by talking with the poster presenters and listening to platform talks. You might win the grand prize including $100 and many generous donations from our sponsors! The card also has a place for you to nominate a poster for display in the Undergraduate Library next year.

Are you curious about opportunities to engage in original inquiry and research at Carolina? Not sure where to begin? Come to the Great Hall in the FPG Student Union and look for students wearing “HOST” nametags. They will help you to identify projects that match your interests.

During the symposium, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with potential faculty advisors and learn what students like you have accomplished.

[Check out these photos from the Fifteenth Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research.]


For symposium details including advice on preparing abstracts, poster design and size, and presenter responsibilities, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Pre-Symposium Workshop

Visit the Courses & Workshops page for details of this year’s pre-symposium workshop, where you can practice your poster presentation, receive tips for your talk, and learn to ask and answer questions about research.


There will be concurrent talks (“platform sessions”), poster sessions, and performance sessions. The 2014 schedule of Poster and Platform schedules lists all the student presenters. Alternatively, the Searchable Program can be used to find specific students or types of presentation.

Poster Sessions

There will be two poster sessions: 1-2pm and 2:15-3:15pm. Odd-numbered posters will present at the first; even-numbered ones will go second. During these sessions, students will set up their posters and stand next to them to answer questions from other symposium attendees.

Platform Sessions

The platform sessions run from 1-3:15pm with a 15-minute break at 2pm. At these sessions, students will give approximately 10-minute talks on their research. Laptops and projectors are provided for students who want to show presentations during their talks.

Carolina Research Scholars Recognition and Poster Awards

At 3:30 pm, everyone is invited to Room 3206 in the Student Union to honor the 2013-2014 Carolina Research Scholars. Recipients of the symposium Poster Awards and the Research Bingo grand prize winner will be announced at a later date. The winning posters will be displayed in the Undergraduate Library until graduation, and then featured in the 2nd floor display case throughout 2014-2015.

Apply to Participate

The deadline to complete the Abstract Submission form is March 1, 2014 (sooner if possible). You will be asked to list your UNC faculty advisor.

Past Symposia

Abstracts of work presented at past symposia can be viewed here. This extensive database (over 700 abstracts) includes information about graduate student mentors and faculty advisors.