2021-2022 Student Conferences

This list was last updated on September 16th, 2021.  If you know of any other student conferences we should add to this list, please email us at lsudiscover@lsu.edu .

Presenting at a conference is a great way to gain experience presenting your work in a professional setting and also offers the opportunity to receive invaluable feedback on your work from both peers and other academics in the field.  Conferences also allow you to see what your peers are researching, network, and are an excellent addition to your resume or graduate school application.  Talk to your faculty mentor for conference recommendations within your field, or check out the list of student conferences below.

Below you will find a list of conferences that have been recommended by our undergraduate researchers and our office.  More conferences can be found at the Council on Undergraduate Research's webpage.

LSU Discover offers funding to cover registration and travel expenses if you are presenting your research at a in person or virtual conference! Find out more at our Travel Stipends page.




Application Deadline

Event Date

Application Fee

LSU Discover Day Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium Louisiana State University March 6, 2022 April 22, 2022

Free for LSU Students

$20 for non-LSU Students

West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (WCBSURC) San Diego, CA March 12, 2022 April 9, 2022

$50 Early Registration Payment (until March 5th)

$60 Late Registration Payment (March 6th - April 7th) checks postmarked by March 25th

$80 Last Minute Registration Payment (April 8th - 9th) no checks

MKN Heartland McNair Conference Kansas City, MO CLOSED September 24-26, 2021 $415.00

Baylor University McNair Research Conference

Virtual CLOSED August 19-20, 2021 Early Registration is $100. Standard Registration is $125.
Sigma Tau Delta Southern Regional Conference Virtual CLOSED October 23, 2021 N/A
SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference Virtual CLOSED October 25-29, 2021 $475 - $550
Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS) Lynchburg, VA


October 23, 2021 $25 - $40
ULL 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) Virtual


November 3-6, 2021 TBA
Georgia Undergraduate Research Collective (GURC) Conference University of West Georgia CLOSED November 5-6, 2021 TBA
Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium Houston, Texas CLOSED October 16-17, 2021 TBA
University of Texas at Austin Symposium for Undergraduate Research Exploration Austin, Texas CLOSED October 17-18, 2021 TBA
National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Virtual

Deadline extended to Nov.29, 2021

April 4-8, 2022 $140 (This will be covered by LSU Discover.  Make sure to list Sarah Ferstel as your "Campus Coordinator" on your application so that we can pay your registration fee.)
Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference Hybrid: Virtual and Niagra Falls, New York CLOSED November 4-7, 2021 Virtual is $100. In person is $175-$275.
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Virtual CLOSED November 10-13, 2021 $100
Posters on the Hill Virtual December 13, 2021 January 2022 N/A
National Collegiate Research Conference Harvard University (Virtual) December 1st, 2021 January 21-23, 2022 $0
Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union Claremont, CA February 13, 2022 by 11:59PM (PST) April 7-8, 2022 $0


National and International Student Conferences

Each year the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) invites students to present their work in order promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.  Location changes each year, but the event is usually held in March or April. Read more about NCUR here.

Posters on the Hill – Hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), this event is an opportunity for students to present their research on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. CUR will invite representatives from federal funding agencies and nearby foundations, members of Congress, and Congressional staff to attend the poster session. Read more about Posters on the Hill here.

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium  is hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), features keynote presentations, presentations by students from REU programs in all disciplines, sessions for REU students, faculty, and administrators, and opportunities to meet with representatives from the National Science Foundation and other government agencies.  This conference is usually held in Virginia in October. Read more about the REU Symposium here.

Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Programs and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD). The conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD Unit, including underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities.  This conference offers very generous travel awards.  This event is usually held in February. Read more about the ERN Conference in STEM here.