Event Registration

General Registration

Faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, family, friends, and the NIU and DeKalb communities are all welcome to attend CURE. To participate in the virtual aspect of the conference either as an attendee or presenter, you will need to register.

General Registration Form

Presenter Registration

To present at CURE, you must submit an abstract along with your poster and Flashtalk video by the registration deadline of April 11, 2022. The following information outlines the process for submitting a registration for CURE 2022. If you would like additional guidance on this years' event and registration process, we encourage you to attend one of our CURE Workshops.

Poster Submission

  1. Write your abstract following the appropriate guidelines for your discipline (see below). It is highly recommended that you complete your abstract before starting step #3.
  2. If you have not already registered for CURE, you will need to create a ForagerOne account.
  3. Once your account has been created, you will need to fill out the poster submission form. Be sure to have all required information available before your login to expedite the submission process.
    • Project title (30-word limit): Please use title case. (Example: The Effect of Preventative Methods on Wildfire Damage)
    • Abstract (300-word limit): Submit your abstract text only (e.g. no title, authors, references, etc.). The main text of abstracts is usually 250-300 words and may not exceed 300 words. Please pay attention to proper English, correct spelling, and capitalization rules. Please proofread your abstract carefully.
    • Field/subject (see below): If you are unsure of which subject to choose, please consult with your faculty mentor to determine the best subject for your abstract.
    • Supplemental materials (Applicable for visual art and exhibit submissions only): Electronic files of sample artwork
    • Primary presenter: This is the student researcher submitting the abstract and who plans to register for the conference and present Note: Student researchers must submit the abstract rather than the faculty mentor. You will be asked to provide your name, Z-ID, email, and class level.
    • Co-presenter(s) (optional): This is a place where you can list up to two co-presenters who plan to present with the primary presenter. You will be asked to provide the names, Z-ID, College/Department and email for each co-presenter added.
    • Faculty mentor: You will be asked to provide your mentor's name, email, and department. A faculty mentor should be a professor who served as your mentor on this project who will advocate for you if contacted.
    • Flashtalk video URL: Presenters are encouraged to also include a pre-recorded three to five-minute flash talk explaining the highlights of your research. Video submission must be through a YouTube URL. More information on creating a Flashtalk can be found on the student resources.
      FlashTalk video no longer a requirement to register for CURE. This feature is now optional for all registrants.
    • Poster submission: The poster must be submitted as a PDF. If you need guidance on creating your poster, we encourage you to attend the Creating Your Academic Poster workshop.

Important Information

  • The title and author(s) of your abstract will appear exactly as they are entered in the abstract submission form. Please double-check punctuation, grammar, and spelling before submitting.
  • Your abstract will automatically be incorporated into the final program and virtual platform, which you may later reference for graduate school applications, resumes, CVs, etc.
  • Follow the guidelines below when preparing your abstract. Select the field/subject option which is most appropriate.
  • If you need assistance writing your abstract, please reach out to the NIU Writing Center or OSEEL.

Field/Subject Options

If your area is not named below, or if more than one area applies, select the one most closely related to your work.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Environmental and Physical Sciences
  • Education
  • Humanities
  • Health and Human Services
  • Arts, Design, and Performing Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Engineering
  • Math and Computational Sciences
  • Business and Entrepreneurship

Abstract Guidelines

Humanities, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  • Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project.
  • Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry.
  • Provide a brief description of the research methodology.
  • State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed.
  • Include text only (no images or graphics)
  • Be well-written and well-organized.

Visual Arts

Given that the CURE abstract guidelines ask for information that is not completely consistent with artistic practices, this is how the requirements should be translated.

  • Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project. (Provide an artist statement.)
  • Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry. (In the statement, cite your influences and inspirations: other established artists; movements that are referenced or serve as inspiration; political/ cultural/ social issues that the work responds to; personal events, adventures, medical diagnosis; etc.)
  • Provide a brief description of the research methodology. (What techniques were used? It could be as basic as an oil painting on primed canvas, or a more in-depth explanation of the experimental process.
  • State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed. (What did you learn? What was successful? What are things to be addressed in future pieces? How does this piece fit into your portfolio or future works?
  • Include text only(no images or graphics)
  • Be well-written and well-organized. All of these issues should be addressed in your abstract. However, as each covers a unique influence that alters the interpretation of the work, speak more to one or two components of your "research" in-depth: was the work a response to Art History? Or was the focus the experimental process? While it is assumed you will very briefly respond to all of these requirements, it is also expected that only a few will be the central focus of your statement. Visual arts presenters are required to upload examples of work. For works in progress, you may substitute images of the work being submitted with images of past works that are representative of the artwork to be exhibited at CURE 2022.
  • If a video or performance documentation, no sample should exceed two minutes.

Performing Arts

  • Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project. A statement discussing compositional or performance aspects of the work. Why did you compose this work or choose this work to perform? What aspects of music are you exploring?
  • Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry. How does the composition and/or performance advance the development of your creative output?
  • Provide a brief description of the research methodology. Provide a brief description of the musical work from a compositional or performative standpoint.
  • State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed. How did the composition of the work or preparation for the performance affect your musical understanding and output?
  • Include text only (no images or graphics). Include a link (box, google drive, dropbox, etc) to a recording of the work and a score of the work if required for performance.
  • Be well-written and well-organized.

Faculty Presentation Submissions

OSEEL is seeking NIU faculty and staff to engage with undergraduate students attending virtual CURE concurrent professional development sessions on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in the following ways:

Professional Development Sessions for Students

Faculty/staff are invited to present on various subjects related to undergraduate research and/or creative inquiry. While the conference committee is open to all topics that faculty/staff deem as important for emerging undergraduate researchers, below are examples of suggested topics we would like to see represented:

  • Women in STEM research
  • Minority representation in undergraduate research
  • Creative inquiry: Research opportunities within arts, music and dance
  • Leveraging undergraduate research for graduate school/career
  • Publishing undergraduate research with faculty
  • Interdisciplinary undergraduate research experiences
  • Community-based research

Presentations should be 45 minutes long and will be live on the ForagerOne platform Wednesday, April 27 during one of the following timeframes: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1:15 p.m.

Undergraduate Research Discovery Hour

A virtual Undergraduate Research Discovery hour will be available for conference attendees from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. During this time, faculty will have the opportunity to discuss their current research and how undergraduate researchers can get involved in their research team/lab.

Judge Registration

NIU faculty, staff, alumni, and graduate students are invited to serve as judges for CURE poster presentations. Judges play a crucial role in this exciting event, providing important feedback for presenters to utilize for future presentations.

Judging consists of rating a student's poster presentation on the overall design, relevance of the project, appropriate methods used and presentation for the in-person event on April 26, 2022, in the Holmes Student Center. Judges are needed for the following sessions:

  • Session One: 9-10:15 a.m.
  • Session Two: 10:15-11:30 a.m.
  • Session Three: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • Session Four: 12:45-2 p.m.

How to Register

  1. Create an account with Symposium by ForagerOne.
  2. After you have set up your account with Symposium, register as a judge for NIU's Conference on Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) 2022.
  3. Evaluate your assigned presentations during your session(s) on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 in Holmes Student Center.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning at engage@niu.edu

Judge Registration Form

Contact Us

Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Holmes Student Center 264-266
815-753-8154
engage@niu.edu
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