Faculty Sponsor

Faculty Sponsor

A Faculty Sponsor is a faculty member who assists students with all aspects of preparation for the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference (MassURC). In order to present, students must have a Faculty Sponsor.

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Faculty Sponsor’s Responsibilities

  • Assist students with the research, writing, abstract submission, and presentation components of the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference. NOTE: The MassURC abstract limit is 250 words
  • Communicate with students about their projects leading up to the submission of their abstract.
  • Remind students of the abstract submission deadline.
  • Register to create a user account in the MassURC system for abstract review and approval.
  • Review initial abstract submission and mark it "Approved" or "Needs Revision." 
  • Remind students of the deadline to re-submit their abstracts if it was not approved upon initial review.
  • Submit the final approval of the student’s abstract. Abstracts marked "Needs Revision" will not be accepted for inclusion at the conference.
  • Make sure students are aware that they will receive notification from the MassURC conference coordinator that their abstract has been accepted. 
  • Support students with preparations for the conference and review the final presentation material in advance.


The Virtual 2022 MassURC requires ALL presenters to:  

1) submit a pre-recorded, video presentation (4-10 min. length)  
2) participate in a real-time, virtual, conference day session

The 45-minute day-of sessions take place via Zoom through the MassURC event hub and include Research in Conversation and Poster options.



Research in Conversation sessions are live, 45-minute events taking place over Zoom. They are designed for MassURC presenters to meet with faculty and peers to explore a common area of study or theme and share their ideas, research experiences, and passions.

During each session, five to six presenters or presenter groups who share similarities within their research will be allotted two minutes each to provide a brief overview of their research. The remainder of time will be devoted to a faculty-facilitated conversation among the research presenters. Additionally, audience members are welcome to observe each session and ask questions during the final Q&A segment.


What is a POSTER session?

Poster sessions are live, 45-minute events taking place over Zoom. They are designed for MassURC presenters to discuss their research with peers and faculty through use of a digital poster. Posters are intended to provide general information about the research process and findings as a tool for presenters to engage with other session participants and to answer questions.

During each session, four to five presenters or presenter groups who share similarities within their research will be allotted up to four minutes each to provide general information about the research and outcomes with the aid of their digital material. Each poster presentation will be followed by a three to five minute Q&A period, facilitated by a faculty chair.

See the conference schedule, read abstracts, and more. Enter the MassURC Event Hub here:

Fri, Dec 3

MassURC system opens for registration & submission


Tues, Feb 22

Presenter: Abstract Submission Deadline


Fri, Feb 25

Faculty Sponsor: Initial Review Deadline


Wed, Mar 2

Presenter: Abstract Revisions Deadline
Group Membership Deadline


Mon, Mar 7

Faculty Sponsor: Final Approval Deadline


Fri, Mar 25

Presenter Schedules Announced
System Reopens to Accept Video Presentation URL Links


Fri, April 1

Event Hub Opens


Mon, Apr 11

Presenter: Video Presentation Submission Deadline


Tue, Apr 19

Video Presentations Viewable in Event Hub


Fri, Apr 22


Campus Contact Fall 2021 Update

Names and contact information for the individual(s) from each of the 28 schools included in MassURC, who can assist students and faculty who have questions about the conference.


Learn who is eligible to be a presenter at MassURC, how to submit an abstract, and presentation options during the conference. 

Find Resources for Presenters

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Students from across the state have the opportunity to present their research findings or thesis at the annual MassURC.