Presentation Skills Workshop- Interested in sharpening your presentation skills for a professional conference or class? Join us. Everyone is welcome. March 3, Join anytime 2-3pm  Zoom

Judges Workshop on scoring URCA presentations- learn about the system InfoReady and what it will be like to score presentations using this program. March 10, 2-3pm Zoom. 

URCA 2021- March 31, 2021 Bryant Conference Center

**Read below for many changes for this year**

2021 URCA Changes- Read all and scroll to find “Apply” 

URCA 2021 will be held at the Bryant Conference Center on March 31, 2021. The abstract submission window is December 1- February 28. No abstracts will be accepted after February 28 at midnight.

Each individual or group submission has the option to choose virtual option or in-person presentations. All submission categories will be judged against both virtual and in-person presentations using the same judging criteria.


-If you choose virtual: Virtual pre-recorded presentations must be submitted to a designated folder in UABox and uploaded as a video file (mp4 preferred*) by March 19. These will be judged before the in-person event held at the Bryant Conference Center. *Consider using Zoom and Panopto style so you can share your screen and your image at the same time. See 2020’s virtual conference posters and video entries at the bottom of the page

-If you choose in-person: In person presentation will be at the Bryant Conference Center beginning at 9am and ending before 6pm. The presentations will have assigned poster and presentation category session numbers. These will be emailed after the submission window closes. Only in-person presentation posters can be printed and are due March 19. In-person presentations will follow Covid-19 guidelines with smaller judging sessions and fewer people admitted.  Posters for in-person presentations should be emailed to Lisa Stonecipher before 5pm on March 19 for free printing. Anything submitted after the date will cost $22 per poster paid by the individual submitting to UA Printing. All posters should be picked up at UA Printing front desk prior to conference date. (Map here

This year, we will have a Creative Activity with an alternative presentation format and Art Contest. If you are interested in submitting to the creative activity portion of the conference, you still need to submit an abstract of the creative work through the submission portal.  Each Creative Activity entry will be displayed around the Bryant Conference Center visually on the tvs, on stands, or submitted virtually with a pre-recorded presentation before the day of the event. If research is involved, we encourage a double submission to present a poster the day of the conference, March 31.


(below) The winning program cover for the Faculty Research Showcase- All entries will be displayed in the Bryant Conference Center.

The Art contest will be in three categories, URCA Program Cover, ESP logo design, and OUR t-shirt design. Please click URCA art contest FAQ for more information.

 Directions for Art Contest: submit form and file above, then save jpeg or pdf, vector, and original file format. All three file types should be in a folder and sent to UA Box folder labeled with submission type – your name. (ie- “tshirt-Jack St.Claire” “program-Jane Simpson”) You must submit both the application and file folder to UA Box to be entered in the contest.

A schedule of events on March 31, 2021 will be released soon. Follow us on social media for the quickest information. FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.



Application submissions- December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021. No late submission for any category accepted.

Poster Deadline for printing – March 19, 2021 5pm. Only in-person poster presentations allowed for printing. Only those submitted by 5pm will be paid for by the Office for Undergraduate Research.

Virtual pre-recorded Presentation and Posters for judging – March 19, 2021 5pm. Only those not presenting in person submit here – a 3-5 minute video presentation with your poster- (all in one folder named Presentation #- first name last name “67- Harvey Johnson”) into the correct session and category file folder.

 Judging virtual presentations- March 24-March 30 due before 5pm.

URCA 2021 – Bryant Conference Center – March 31, 2021 planned in person conference.*Covid-exception: if it is necessary to do a virtual only event, all presentations and posters will be due for judging on March 19, 2021 at 5pm. We will host a live event through Hopin on March 31. Live presentation times will be given.

Awards Ceremony – Bryant Conference Center – April 13, 2021



Application Submission: (All Open December 1, 2020-February 28, 2021)

  • Poster presentation for research and creative activity –  in progress and completed – both virtual and in-person- use this application



  • Creative Activity and Research with Alternative Presentation Format; Art contest for program cover and t-shirt design- (see below for submission direction) -use this application



  • Judge’s application-Closes February 19

Apply to be a judge





2020 – UA Students Virtually Highlight Research, Creativity for Annual Conference

Nearly 250 undergraduate students at The University of Alabama are highlighting their research and creative projects during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference.

The 13th annual conference, hosted by UA’s Office for Undergraduate Research and the Office for Research and Economic Development, moved to an online format as the campus transitioned to remote instruction in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Students had an opportunity to submit their research posters and a 3-minute presentation of their research for inclusion in this year’s conference.

URCA 2020 Program

URCA 2020 UA Student Posters & Media