Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

Going Virtual In 2021
Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

MassURC is an annual one-day conference where undergraduate students from across the Commonwealth present research, share knowledge, and learn from fellow students.  

2021 Virtual MassURC Graphic

Friday, April 23, 2021

The annual Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference (MassURC) brings together undergraduate students from the twenty-eight public colleges and universities within the Commonwealth. During this one-day event, the public has a chance to see the diverse and defining research that Massachusetts students are conducting with the support of faculty. The conference serves to broaden our understanding of research, showcasing investigation in over sixty subject areas, including biochemistry, history, architecture, marketing, fine art, and sociology. Going beyond observing, conference attendees have a chance to engage with each researcher and get an intimate look at how the research was conducted, in addition to the purpose and outcomes. 

We are excited to showcase the innovation and resilience of undergraduate students during the VIRTUAL 2021 MassURC.

Students who would like to present during the virtual Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference must register and submit a research abstract via the MassURC system.

Abstract Submission Deadline

March 1, 2021




Find Your Campus Contact

Each of the twenty-eight public colleges and universities within the Commonwealth has at least one Campus Contact who is available to answer questions from student presenters and faculty.



     MassURC in Review


Over 1,100 undergraduate students from twenty-five public colleges and universities in Massachusetts were scheduled to share their research through 901 presentations across sixty-seven areas of study.

  2019 (25th Anniversary)


In 2019, over 1,250 students from twenty-four public universities, colleges, and community colleges presented their original research and celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference. David W. Cash, Ph.D., Dean and Associate Professor, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston, delivered the keynote address. 

2019 MassURC Abstracts


MassURC is a State-Wide Partnership

We thank each of our partners for their dedication to research and their commitment to showcasing the work being done by undergraduate students across the Commonwealth. MassURC is supported by Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Massachusetts State University Council of Presidents, and the Massachusetts Community Colleges.

Contact Us


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

Faculty Sponsor

All students who present during MassURC must have a Faculty Sponsor who works directly with them to prepare their research, abstract, and presentation for the conference.

Campus Contact b

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.