Presenting Your Research
Doing research is only half the experience – communicating your results to others is a key element in scholarly research. As a UA undergraduate researcher, you have several opportunities to present your research.
- UA hosts its own Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Conference each spring. Students across academic disciplines are encouraged to submit their finished research papers or works in progress for review for presentation. To find out more, check out the conference website: http://ovpred.ua.edu/urca
- The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a national conference open to undergraduate researchers across the country, NCUR. NCUR is an excellent opportunity to present your research as well as get feedback from other faculty members and students and connect with graduate recruiters. To find out more, check out the conference website: http://www.cur.org.
- Opportunities for Travel Support. Some students have the opportunity to present a poster at a professional society meeting or at a regional or national conference. Talk to your research mentor to see if this is a possibility for you. If so, you may apply for a travel award of amounts ranging from $300-$1000 depending on the funding source. Your first step is to ask your mentor about available funds within your department or college and then look for external funding sources such as the SGA or the Office of Research and Economic Development. Each year, the SGA awards research grants to undergraduate students who are looking for funding to conduct their research or present their research.
Many undergraduate researchers have the opportunity to be a co-author on a professional journal article. You should ask your research mentor if this is a possibility for you. If not, there are other opportunities for you to get published. Look at the links below.
It is your responsibility to be aware of the ethics involved in publishing research. A useful guide about plagiarism that is applicable to all students is the The Code of Academic Conduct, https://www.ua.edu/catalogs/catalog10/500509.html. Ignorance of the rules is no excuse so take the time to familiarize yourself with this.
Publishing Your Research
- Journal of Science and Health at the University of Alabama – This student-produced interdisciplinary journal is written, edited, and published by undergraduates at the University of Alabama. JOSHUA is published once a year and features articles covering a wide range of topics, including but not limited to biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and mathematics.
- Undergraduate Journals and Conferences Directory – The UJCD lists journals, electronic and paper, and conferences, that will consider undergraduate student essays, research papers, poetry, short fiction, photography, cartoons, art, etc., for publication.