CURE Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is cure?

The Conference on Undergraduate Research and Engagement (cure) is NIU’s annual undergraduate research symposium hosted by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (oseel). cure provides NIU students with the opportunity to formally present faculty-mentored undergraduate research, artistry and engagement projects that they have participated in during the academic year.

Who can present at cure?

Any currently enrolled undergraduate student who has participated in a faculty-mentored creative or research project is eligible to showcase their work at this event through posters and exhibits. This includes, but is not limited to, students who have completed an independent study, capstone projects, senior design, Research Rookies, read, SEF, senior thesis, research while studying abroad or other related research/artistry or community engagement projects.

Who can attend cure?

Everyone is welcome! Faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, family, friends and the NIU and DeKalb communities!

Why should I present at cure?

cure provides you an opportunity to practice and gain confidence in communicating your ideas and findings to others. You can also benefit by including this experience on your resume.

What are the benefits to student attendees?

Students will be able to see what a research and/or artistry conference entails without having to spend the money to get there. Students will learn about other research and artistry projects happening in various departments and what a poster presentation looks like, as well as have the opportunity to network with undergraduate and graduate students along with faculty from a variety of disciplines.

Registering for cure

Preparing for cure

Am I responsible for printing my own research poster?

If you submit your poster by the deadline, your poster will be printed and mounted for you at your designated poster number on the day of the event. If you submit your poster after the deadline, it will be your responsibility to print your poster.

Presenting at CURE

When should I arrive to present?

Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled presentation time. The presenter check-in table is located outside of the Capitol Room. At that time, you will be directed to your presentation/poster location.

What can I expect during my poster presentation?

When checking in, you will be given your assigned poster number and locate your poster display in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. Conference attendees, including faculty, staff, community members, and judges will circulate throughout the poster session displays and ask questions about your work. You should be prepared with an elevator pitch to share with the judges and any other conference attendees interested in your project/research and stand by your poster for the entire designated time slot.


Contact Us

Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Holmes Student Center 264-266
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