Supported Conferences

Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR)

Each year students and mentors from across Utah gather to share academic, research, and creative activities with oral presentations and posters. Every year a different university hosts the conference, and MSE students and their mentors are encouraged to participate. BYU covers the expense of the conference registration and transportation (chartered bus) for all students presenting as well as for faculty mentors who attend.

Proposal deadline: November 2, 2020
Registration Deadline: January 31, 2021  $25 per presentation 
Conference Website:
Location: Virtual

Information on UCUR 2021

McKay School of Education 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Presentation Competition

Proposal deadline: February 8, 2021,  11:59 pm 
Competition date: March 4, 2021  
Time: 4:00 pm 
Place: TBD
Application process:  Master's, Education Specialists, and Doctoral candidates may download the application found here: 3MT Competitor Application.  Questions?  Contact  COVID restrictions are in place - presentation details will be emailed to applicants. 

MSE Awards:
First place: $500
Second place: $300
Third place: $200

BYU Competition: Individual BYU colleges hold their competitions to determine one competitor who will advance to the university-wide competition. 

BYU Competition date: March 11, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Place: WSC Varsity Theater

BYU Awards:
First place: $2,000
Second place: $1,500
Third place: $1,000
People's Choice: $500; Remaining Participants: $250

Information on 3MT
3MT Competitor Application
McKay School 3MT Competition Videos

MSE Mentored Research Conference (Virtual in 2021)

This conference is held annually to showcase research and experiential learning activities of undergraduate and graduate students mentored by McKay School faculty. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2021 conference is limited to a virtual research poster contest. Presentations are poster style and each student who chooses to participate should produce a PDF of a high-quality color research poster (see poster guidelines below). All MSE students engaged in research activities are invited to participate.

Conference Registration deadline - all participants must register using the Registration Form by Monday, March 1, 2021
Poster Contest Submission deadline: Students who wish to participate in the poster contest at the conference must email a PDF of their poster to by Friday, March 5, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.
Poster Finalist Competition date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 via Zoom
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. with awards ceremony to follow
Location: Zoom link will sent to finalists via email by March 16, 2021. 

Awards will be given at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Faculty must be present at the awards ceremony to receive their award.
First place: $500 student and $500 faculty mentor
Second place: $300 student and $300 faculty mentor
Third place: $200 student and $200 faculty mentor
Honorable Mention: $100 student and $100 faculty mentor

Who is invite to participate?

The following requirements from the McKay School are the minimum. Each department has a set of requirements as well. Please contact your department for additional information.

Invited Participants: 

1. Students who receive funding for work on research projects
2. Students who receive funding as research assistants
3. Master's, Educational Specialists, and Doctoral students who are not being paid for their research but are required by their departments to participate

Funded graduate students are invited to participate in both the 3MT and the MSE Mentored Research Conference.

Registration Form
Judging Criteria
Poster Guidelines

Poster Examples

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