The Indiana University Undergraduate Research Conference (IUURC), established in 1994, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity, in all fields of study, which is performed in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of an Indiana University undergraduate education. This annual meeting for college students represents the nine campuses of Indiana University: IU Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, IU East, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. Each year the IUURC Steering Committee invites a distinguished speaker to focus on a topic that would be of interest to all undergraduate researchers.
This annual statewide conference celebrates undergraduate research and scholarly and creative achievement, in addition to fostering professional development and lifelong learning. Undergraduate researchers deliver oral or poster presentations, and a number of prior IUURC’s engaged undergraduate students in roundtable sessions where they discussed their research procedures and findings. In presenting at IUURC, these budding scholars meet the important challenge of communicating the knowledge that they have created through conducting their research and the insights they have gained in the process. The Indiana University Undergraduate Research Conference would not be possible without the commitment of the faculty members and staff researchers who work tirelessly to mentor novice researchers, undergraduate students learning to explore their disciplines in such professional settings as the laboratory bench, archaeological digs, libraries and museums, and in the studio.