Present / Publish Your Research
Presenting Your Research
After a semester, a summer, or longer of conducting your research, the time and hard work you have invested should culminate in presenting (or publishing) your research so that others in the profession can learn from your methodologies, analyses, and results. Remember that one of the goals of research is to add to the body of knowledge in the field.
Your faculty research mentor may suggest professional conferences in the field that may accept your work for presentation or poster session. These professional organizations may offer state, regional, national or international conferences or symposia. If your research was a collaborative effort, you may present with your student researchers or with your faculty researcher. In all cases, you will need to submit an abstract of your presentation for the conference reviewers’ consideration. Your faculty member can help with this process for abstract submissions, being watchful of deadlines. The Office for Undergraduate Research can also assist you.
While it is recommended that research be presented at a conference specific to its discipline, there are several multi-disciplinary conferences that can be considered, and some of those are targeted to undergraduate research. These include the following:
• National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
• Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS)
Both this conference and symposium offer opportunities to publish your presentation in their selected proceedings. See the event website or ask at the event.
Further, if you are unable to travel to a conference, Coastal Carolina University offers a free annual event on campus when undergraduate research can be presented: Learn more about the University's Undergraduate Research Competition.
Another possibility is Posters on the Hill held each spring in Washington, D.C., each year to demonstrate to members of Congress the outcomes and value of research.
Publishing Your Research
This is another excellent way of disseminating your research outcomes. Don’t shy away from this prospect – you can accomplish it with guidance from your faculty mentor, the CCU Writing Center staff and others. You can start right here; Coastal Carolina University now has an online scholarly journal – Bridges – expressly devoted to publishing quality undergraduate research. For more information visit www.coastal.edu/bridges.
Another source is the multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, electronic academic publication Journal of Student Research. The Journal is an affiliate member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). The next Call for Papers deadline is July 31, 2014.
There are many other journals some of which are listed on the the Undergraduate Journals and Conference Directory with links to each source. Although some links may be outdated, click on Using the UJCD where great hints and quick information about how to best contact prospective journals about submissions for more help.
Another resource is the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly.
For those who wish to publish in the field of mathematics, Brigham Young University provides a list of potential journals at http://curm.byu.edu/resources/journals.
The Journal of Young Investigators: the Premier Undergraduate Science Journal provides resources, conference information, and research opportunities.
If you need help in selecting a venue for your presentation or publication or need assistance in submitting your proposal or manuscript, contact this office or consult with your faculty mentor.
Save the Date
National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
April 16-18, 2015
Eastern Washington University
Call for Papers:
September 8, 2014
Deadline for Abstract
December 2, 2014
For more information, visit
April 10-11, 2015
Buies Creek, North Carolina
Office for Undergraduate Research
Sands Hall 111