Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the eligibility requirements to apply to NCRC 2020?
2. Must I have conducted previous research in order to attend NCRC?
3. What academic disciplines does NCRC cater to? Can I apply if I am conducting research in the humanities or in an interdisciplinary field?
4. What are the distributions of participants in each research field?
5. Am I required to present a poster?
6. Is there financial aid available?
7. How may I find lodging?
8. What are the fees involved in attending NCRC 2020?
9. What are plenary speakers?
10. Can I apply as a plenary speaker if I apply as a "non-presenter"?
11. Can I apply if I don’t go to college in the US?
12. When should I expect to hear back regarding application decisions?
13. Can I receive a refund?
14. With how many projects can we apply to NCRC 2020?
15. Can I apply as a group project?
1) What are the eligibility requirements to apply to NCRC 2020?
Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate (freshman through senior) in a college or university at the time of the conference.
2) Must I have conducted previous research in order to attend NCRC?
No! All undergraduates, regardless of whether or not they have conducted previous research, may apply to NCRC. If you wish to apply to NCRC without a research project, you may indicate that in the application form, and you will not be required to submit an abstract. If accepted, you will not present in the poster fair. That being said, the majority of participants in the past have conducted research previously, but it is certainly not a prerequisite to attending NCRC, and many students who have attended without presenting a poster have found the experience still to be immensely worthwhile.
3) What academic disciplines does NCRC cater to? Can I apply if I am conducting research in the humanities or in an interdisciplinary field?
Absolutely yes! NCRC prides itself on being a multidisciplinary research conference—we believe that one of the most compelling learning experiences results when students from myriad academic fields come together to share their interests and work. Our speakers and programming will come from a variety of research fields.
4) What are the distributions of participants in each research field?
While we pride ourselves on being multidisciplinary, it is true that historically the largest representation of attendees has come from the natural sciences, engineering, and applied sciences. In the past three years, approximately 60-75% of participants have come from a "STEM" field, with another good quarter to third of participants from the social sciences and humanities.
5) Am I required to present a poster?
No. While most participants welcome the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback on their research (each poster presenter receives feedback from a Harvard-affiliated faculty member, graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow), you are not required to. If you do not wish to present a poster, please apply as a "non-presenter" in your application.
6) Is there financial aid available?
Because we are a undergraduate student-run conference and not a for-profit organization, we are unfortunately unable to offer financial aid at the current time. However, in the event of extenuating financial circumstances that would prevent your attendance to the conference, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7) How may I find lodging?
Participants will be responsible for obtaining their own lodging for the duration of the conference. As the conference will not be providing housing to its participants, there are numerous hotels in the Harvard Square area. Furthermore, there is lodging available in the Cambridge vicinity that is easily accessible by local transportation systems.
8) What are the fees involved in attending NCRC 2020?
Our application fee is $30 and our registration fee is $95.
9) What are plenary speakers?
At NCRC 2020, our 3 plenary sessions will each feature four plenary speakers, who will present their research to a large audience of their peers. Plenary speakers are considered the most experienced undergraduate researchers, and they are given a special distinction in our conference. There is no separate application for plenaries; applicants may indicate on the application that they would like to be considered for the plenary selection, and we will inform those who are chosen in our decisions. However, the plenary process is very competitive, as we will only be selecting 12 plenary speakers. Plenary presenters are given a travel stipend by the NCRC Organizing Committee.
10) Can I apply as a plenary speaker if I apply as a "non-presenter"?
No, all plenary speakers must also present poster and must submit an abstract in their application.
11) Can I apply if I don’t go to college in the US?
Yes; we are accepting students from international universities.
12) When should I expect to hear back regarding application decisions?
We will be releasing application decisions the week of December 11th.
13) Can I receive a refund?
At this time, we are unable to provide refunds to applicants.
14) With how many projects can we apply to NCRC 2020?
Applicants may only apply once to NCRC 2020 with one research project.
15) Can I apply as a group project?
Yes. Groups that have contributed to a single research project should submit one singular application and indicate in the abstract that it is a group effort. Upon acceptance, we will ask that each participant submit a registration form and pay the registration fee independently.