Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

Showcasing Undergraduate Research from across the Commonwealth
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The annual Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference (MassURC) brings together undergraduate students from the twenty-eight public colleges and universities within the Commonwealth. The MassURC serves to broaden our understanding of research, showcasing investigations 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 the diverse and defining research that Massachusetts students are conducting with the support of faculty.


MassURC Info Session:  

Find out about why students present at MassURC, how to join the conference, and how to prepare your presentation. Be sure to download the MassURC 2023 Presenter Guidebook for more helpful information.

Registration for the conference is open

Enter the MassURC submissions and registration portal here:




Fri, Dec 2

MassURC system opens for registration & submission

Fri, Feb 21

Presenter: Abstract Submission Deadline

Fri, Mar 10

Faculty Sponsor: Abstract Approval Deadline

Fri, Apr 14

Presenter: Video Presentation Submission Deadline

Fri, Apr 28

Conference Day



MassURC 2023 Keynote Address

Image of a speaker and audience with raised hands, and text reading: Hacking Ourselves: Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning; Friday April 28, 2023; Virtual Conference; Keynote speaker Dr. Christina Royal; Student Sessions: 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker:  10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Join Dr. Christina Royal, President of Holyoke Community College, for this exciting keynote address at the virtual conference. 

Keynote Description

As students, learning is important to us. Whether we are learning for ourselves (professional development, mastering our disciplines, taking new courses), a significant amount of time is spent on learning. When was the last time you consciously focused on unlearning to improve your learning? This talk will introduce the concept of unlearning, discuss its relevance to learning through a research-based lens, and to challenge students to think differently about your approach to life, particularly your educational journey.

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 Universities Council of Presidents, and the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges.




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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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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.

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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.

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MassURC in Review


At the Virtual 2022 MassURC, we showcased the research and academic studies of 850 undergraduate students representing 22 of the 28 Massachusetts institutions of public higher education. Adriana Katzew, Professor of Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, delivered the keynote.


In 2021's Virtual Conference, it was an honor to showcase the innovation and resilience of 905 undergraduate students representing 26 of Massachusetts' institutions of public higher education. Click here to watch the 2021 Keynote Lecture from H. Zahra Caldwell: "Research & Wonder: The Terrible, The Historical, and The Joyous" (You can also watch the Q&A here.)



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

2020 MassURC Abstracts


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


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