Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

Honors College students frequently join students from across the state to present their Honors Thesis or research findings at the annual MassURC. 



The Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference (MassURC) is an annual one-day event for undergraduate students from the 28 public colleges and universities across the Commonwealth to present research, share knowledge, and learn from fellow students. Attendance at MassURC is free and open to the public. 



The 2020 Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference (MassURC) has been canceled in light of the unfolding Covid-19 situation.

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Friday, April 24, 2020, 8 AM – 5 PM

Lincoln Campus Center, UMass Amherst



Over 1,100 remarkable undergraduate students from 25 public colleges and universities in Massachusetts were scheduled to share their research through 901 presentations across 67 areas of study.



2020 MassURC Keynote Eric Poehler

Eric Poehler, PhD

Associate Professor of Classics, Director, Five Colleges Blended Learning & Digital Humanities Programs, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Author of The Traffic Systems of Pompeii
Oxford University Press, 2017



2020 MassURC Keynote Speaker

Eric Poehler, PhDplanned to share the work he has done to overcome the challenges presented by Pompeii’s nearly three-hundred-year-long history of research and publication with two interrelated digital research projects: the Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project and the Pompeii Artistic Landscape Project. In addition, Professor Poehler and undergraduate research students Rachel Bisson ‘22, Seth Mastroianni ‘23, and Cinzia Presti ‘20, who he worked with throughout the year, planned to give guided virtual tours of the ancient city.

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: 

  • Faculty Sponsors - faculty members from all participating campuses who work directly with students to prepare their research, abstracts, and presentations for the conference.
  • Campus Contacts -  volunteers who serve as the "go-to" person on each of the public colleges or universities across Massachusetts, assisting students and faculty who have questions about the conference.  
  • Abstract Reviewersfaculty members from across the Massachusetts public college campuses who volunteer their time to read and rank submitted abstracts for oral presentation in areas of study closely aligned with their field of expertise.
  • MassURC Administrative Team - the group of Commonwealth Honors College staff members who manage the planning, promotion, and delivery of the conference, including Emily Hodos, Conference Coordinator, and Jessica Orlando, Conference Assistant, Natalie Georges, Kris Halpin, Ashley Braziel, Peter Brown, Nick Wojcik, Maya Dennis; and faculty members who provide invaluable guidance: Alexandrina Deschamps, Neal Anderson, and Julian Tyson.

We also acknowledge the institutions who have continued to support the conference: 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.

Campus Contact


Please reach out to the MassURC representative for your campus if you need additional information or to help connect you with other members of your campus community.  

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2019 MassURC

In 2019, over 1,250 students from 24 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. 

Complete list of presentations during the 2019 MassURC


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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. 

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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.


A collection of tools and videos to assist students who are presenting their research, individually or in a group, at the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research conference