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Present / Publish Your Research

Presenting Your Research

After a semester, a summer, or longer of conducting your research, the time and hard work you have invested should culminate in presenting (or publishing) your research so that others in the profession can learn from your methodologies, analyses, and results. Remember that one of the goals of research is to add to the body of knowledge in the field.

Your faculty research mentor may suggest professional conferences in the field that may accept your work for presentation or poster session. These professional organizations may offer state, regional, national or international conferences or symposia. If your research was a collaborative effort, you may present with your student researchers or with your faculty researcher. In all cases, you will need to submit an abstract of your presentation for the conference reviewers’ consideration. Your faculty member can help with this process for  abstract submissions, being watchful of deadlines. The Office for Undergraduate Research can also assist you.

While it is recommended that research be presented at a conference specific to its discipline, there are several multi-disciplinary conferences that can be considered, and some of those are targeted to undergraduate research. These include
• the National Conference on Undergraduate Research www.ncur.org/  to be held at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 2013 and
• the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held at High Point University (NC) in 2013

Both this conference and symposium offer opportunities to publish your presentation in their selected proceedings. See the event website or ask at the event.

Further, if you are unable to travel to a conference, then Coastal Carolina University offers a free annual event on campus when undergraduate research can be presented:
• the Undergraduate Research Competition www.coastal.edu/inquiry/2012/competition.html

Another possibility is Posters on the Hill www.cur.org/postersession.html  held annually in Washington, DC each year to demonstrate to members of Congress the outcomes and value of research.

Publishing Your Research

This is another excellent way of disseminating your research outcomes. Don’t shy away from this prospect– you can accomplish it with guidance from your faculty mentor, the CCU Writing Center staff and others. You can start right here; Coastal Carolina University now has an online scholarly journal expressly devoted to publishing quality undergraduate research. For more information about Bridges click www.coastal.edu/bridges.

Another publication source is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal called the Journal of Student Research http://www.jofsr.com  They are affiliate members of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and their submission deadline is typically the end of January each year. 

There are many other journals some of which are listed at the Undergraduate Journals and Conference Directory site http://upd.mercyhurst.edu/  that provides links to each source. Although some links may be outdated, click on Using the UJCD where great hints and quick information about how to best contact prospective journals about submissions for more help.

Another resource is the Council on Undergraduate Research site, http://cur.org/ugjournal.html.

For those who wish to publish in the field of mathematics, the Brigham Young University provides a list of potential journals at , http://curm.byu.edu/resources/journals.  

The Journal of Young Investigators: the premier undergraduate science journal is another opportunity http://www.jyi.org/site/career-center/undergraduate-research/ 

Valdosta State University also provides resources for publication and presentation of undergraduate research http://www.valdosta.edu/honors/research.shtml

If you need help in selecting a venue for your presentation or publication or need assistance in submitting your proposal or manuscript, contact this office or consult with your faculty mentor.