Each year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst conducts an undergraduate research conference, with representation from an incredible amount of majors and students, many of which will be coming from other schools in Massachusetts. This year’s conference will happen on April 26, 2013, in the UMass Campus Center. In Spring 2012, there were 3 presentations from Political Science majors, and 1 from legal studies. The conference is a forum for the presentation many types of work, including:
- Thesis research
- Creative work in the visual and performing arts
- Independent study
- Community service
- Study abroad experiences
This conference is an opportunity to give you real experience in conducting research and presenting the results in a larger forum, which will help you to enhance the strength of your resume. In addition, the scope and area of your project has few limits, and can be presented in two different formats, which can be done individually or as a group: a poster presentation or an oral presentation.
Previously, there were 4 steps to apply to this conference. Exact details may be found here, when they update the exact steps:
1) Find a faculty sponsor– all projects must have a faculty member to work with you
2) Decide on the format, both in terms of poster/oral, and in terms of individual/group.
3) Register for the conference by February 13th. Registration will open in early January. This will require you to fill out an application, with the information you have collected about your faculty sponsor, the format of your presentation, and who is in your group.
4) By February 13th, the group leader or individual presenter will have to submit an abstract related to your topic.
Finally, all the information you could need related to this conference can be found on the Honors College’s website, which will soon be updated for the 2013 conference..