Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than the words and stories of the student participants themselves. In Spring 2012, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its sixteenth annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event will help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.

CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR's disciplinary divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). In order to ensure proper review of applications, the above are the only disciplines that may apply. Should your research be interdisciplinary, please select the division that most closely describes your research.

Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using our online submission form. Prior to submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, advisors, and sponsors (if applicable), and prepare a short vitae/resume and poster abstract. A document listing the information required for submission can be found by visiting the Council on Undergraduate Research website.

For more information, and the link to submit an application, please visit the Council on Undergraduate Research website. Please note that CUR membership is required to submit an application. Either the student's home institution must have an institutional membership, or the faculty mentor or student must have an individual membership. We will not review incomplete applications or applications that do not satisfy the membership requirement.

Please be sure that both portions (the electronic application and the electronic recommendation letter) are submitted by October 18, 2011. This is a highly competitive program, which makes for a very exciting experience for the students and their faculty advisors alike.

For more information about the Posters on the Hill program, please visit the Poster Session webpage.

Students: If your poster is selected, the School of Graduate Studies and Research will help defray the cost of your trip to Washington, D.C.! Please contact for IUP's CUR membership information, which is required for abstract submission.