URC Faculty Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2014 Online Faculty Resource Guide

Register for the 2014 URC

1. What is the URC?
2. Why should faculty encourage students to present at the Undergraduate Research Conference?
3. Who "sponsors" the URC?
4. Who attends the URC?
5. I have 12 students presenting one team project. How do I register them for the URC?
6. I have a freshman student who has been an integral member of my lab this year. Can he present at the URC even though he’s a freshman?
7. I’m not sure for which event my student should register.
8. My student would like to present at the COLSA URC event AND the Parents Association Undergraduate Research Symposium event. Is this allowed?
9. How can I find out where my student is presenting?
10. I have a student presenting at URC. How can I encourage my colleagues and other students to attend her presentation?
11. Can my chemistry student participate at the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Symposium (ISE) even though the project wasn’t interdisciplinary?
12. Can my graduate student present at the URC?
13. Where can my students get help with a poster or PowerPoint presentation?
14. How do I know I entered all my students’ information correctly?
15. I need to change my student’s final presentation title—how do I do this?

 

 

1. What is the URC?

The annual UNH URC highlights the research, engagement and scholarship of undergraduates from all of UNH’s schools and colleges, and features symposia, events, performances and awards. The conference gives students a venue for the important final step in any research, creative, or scholarly project, presenting the results to a broad audience. With over twenty events and over 1,300 presenters, the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference, now in its 15th year, is one of the largest and most diverse URCs in the nation, showcasing student work from disciplines across the academic spectrum, from history and music, to engineering, microbiology, and beyond.

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2. Why should faculty encourage students to present at the URC?

Presenting at the URC encourages students to put the finishing touches on their research, creative, service learning, or capstone project. They prepare their findings and present them before a wide audience of faculty, administrators, friends, and family. In the process, students gain valuable professional skills for career placement or continued education. Post-URC survey responses from student participants reflect high praise regarding their URC experience. Ninety-five percent of the 2013 survey respondents said presenting at the URC had a positive impact on their academic experience at UNH. Almost eighty-five percent of the students responding stated that faculty mentoring for the URC positively influenced their overall educational experience (2013 URC Faculty Mentors).

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3. Who "sponsors" the URC?

Although the URC does not have one specific sponsor, the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach serves as the administrative office for the URC. The URC is actually a campus wide collaborative network of URC Community members who bring the conference to fruition each year.

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4. Who attends the URC?

Faculty, students, parents and other family, friends, the general UNH community, alumni, the general public, and visitors from local and regional business communities and government offices.

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5. I have multiple students presenting one team project. How do I register them for the URC?

You can register more than one name (or "author") per presentation. The registration database can accommodate a limit of 10 student presenters or "authors" per presentation. You will need to provide specific information about each author – i.e. user name, class/status, major, hometown and home state, presentation title, and faculty adviser. Follow the step-by-step registration process on the online registration form.

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6. I have a freshman student who has been an integral member of my lab this year. Can he present at the URC even though he's a freshman?

Yes. Any UNH undergraduate student may present at URC.

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7. Where can I find more information about which event(s) are most suitable for my student?

Read the event descriptions or call the URC info line for help – (603) 862-2488.

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8. My student would like to present at the COLSA URC event and the Parents Association Undergraduate Research Symposium event. Is this allowed?

Yes. Students may present at as many events as they like throughout the conference, if the event permits. Students who are interested in presenting at more than one venue are strongly encouraged to consider presenting at the Parents Association Undergraduate Research Symposium and/or the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Symposium (ISE). Please note: Only COLSA students may register for and present at the COLSA URC.

For information on other events, read the event descriptions.

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9. How can I find out where my student is presenting?

In early-mid April, go to the URC Web site Home Page and click on URC Program Booklet. Use the student index in the back of the program to locate the page on which the student's name and other information appears. Students will be listed alphabetically within each event (chronological by date) with locations and room assignments noted.

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10. I have a student presenting at URC. How can I encourage my colleagues and other students to attend her presentation?

Use the URC Email Invitation to invite colleagues and students. Encourage your student to use the electronic invitation to invite family and friends.

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11. Can my chemistry student participate at the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Symposium (ISE) even though the project wasn't interdisciplinary?

Yes. The ISE Symposium showcases undergraduate research from many different disciplines.

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12. Can my graduate student present at the URC?

Graduate students can be part of the research team, but the actual research must involve the undergraduate students and the undergraduate student(s) must present the final work. If you have a graduate student wishing to present, please direct them to the UNH Graduate Research Conference (GRC).

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13. Where can my students get help with a poster or PowerPoint presentation?

Students can be directed to Poster Presentation Help for guidelines on poster development and printing, as well as a gallery of posters for viewing.  For oral Presentations, resources are provided on the Oral Presentation Help page.

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14. How do I know I entered all my students' information correctly?

You will receive a confirmation email after you finalize the registration. Please carefully review all the information you entered for accuracy, as it will be used in all communications and the printed URC Program Booklet.

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15. I need to change my student's final presentation title—how do I do this?

You cannot edit the URC registration information after submission. Communicate any changes to the URC Office by emailing Lynne Cooper (lynne.cooper@Unh.edu).

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