February 11, 2021, 2:00 p.m.
Important Dates: Students must submit an abstract by the Friday of the first week of Spring Semester to be considered. Acceptance to the conference will be sent out the following week.
The BCC Undergraduate Scholars Conference seeks to celebrate student work of exceptional merit. The conference will feature student presentations on original scholarly works that go above and beyond classroom assignments. Students may choose to present in a traditional slide format (PowerPoint, video slides, etc.) or a poster presentation (trifold poster).
Format of the Conference
- The day will begin with a plenary, featuring opening remarks and a guest speaker (an alumnus who has completed exceptional scholarly work in her field).
- The conference will then break into smaller concurrent sessions where students giving slide presentations will share their work in 15 minute slots (with time left for a Q&A).
- Following the slide presentations, the students who have chosen the poster presentation format will present their work.
- Reception (not available during this year's virtual event: The event includes a reception during the poster presentation so that guests can nibble and sip as they work their way around the room to engage the student presenters.
What’s in it for You, the Student?
You will have the experience of taking part in an academic-style conference, which we believe will be a memorable experience for all those who participate. You will be able to share the hard work you have done with the community and will be able to put this on a resume for transfer applications. It is also our hope that you will bring your presentation to the larger statewide honors scholarship conference in April, or attend to take in its many offerings!
A faculty member has deemed your work worthy of inclusion in the conference. Congratulations! Their role is to act as both your sponsor and mentor in the process, overseeing your project and guiding you toward your presentation.
Students must have a faculty sponsor to apply. If you have not been approached by a faculty member, and do not have a sponsor, we will not read or accept your application.
You will be writing an abstract of your project, no longer than 250 words. For tips and guidelines on how to write your abstract, please visit this helpful page from the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, to ensure your project abstract is properly written and formatted. Also, please visit BCC's Writing Center, which is there to provide guidance on conference abstracts.