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. Southern Utah University is hosting the conference in 2018, and MSE students and their mentors are encouraged to participate. BYU will cover the expense of the conference registration and transportation (chartered bus) for all students presenting as well as for any faculty mentors who attend.

Proposal Deadline: October 31, 2017

Registration Deadline: January 10, 2018

Conference: February 9, 2018 at Southern Utah University

Information on UCUR


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


Proposal deadline: February 10, 2018 by 11:58 p.m.
Competition date: February 28, 2018
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Place: MCKB 185
Application process:  Masters, Education Specialists, and Doctoral candidates may download the application found here:  3MT Competitor Application.  Submit your application electronically to Lynnette Christensen at by the deadline. Competition process: All applications will be reviewed by a committee of judges. The top 12 applicants will be invited to present at the competition. Refreshments will be served.

MSE Awards include:
1st place: $500
2nd place: $300
3rd place: $200

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

Competition date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Time: 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Place: WSC Varsity Theater

BYU Awards include:
1st place: $5,000
2nd place: $2,500
3rd place: $1,000
People's Choice: $1,000

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


Mentored Research Conference


The conference is held each year to showcase research undergraduate and graduate students are doing with a faculty mentor in the McKay School. Conference attendees may choose to participate in the mentored research poster contest when they register for the conference. Presentations are poster style and each student who chooses to participate in the poster contest is given funding to produce a high quality color printed poster (see poster guidelines below). All students are invited to participate.

Conference Registration deadline (all participants must register): March 3, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.
Poster Contest Submission deadline: Following registration, students who wish to present at the conference must submit a PDF slide of their poster to by March 10, 2018 by 11:58 p.m.
Conference and Competition date: April 3, 2018
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: WSC Ballroom

Awards will be given at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Faculty must be present at the awards ceremony to receive their award.
1st place:   $500 student and $500 faculty mentor
2nd place:  $300 student and $300 faculty mentor
3rd place:   $200 student and $200 faculty mentor

Honorable Mention:  $100 student and $100 faculty mentor

Who is required 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.

Required Participants

1. Students who are being funded for work on research projects. (MSE, ORCA, MEG, MUR)
2. Students who are being funded as research assistants.
3. Masters, Educational Specialists, and Doctoral students who are not being paid for their research but their departments require their participation.

Registration Form
Judging Criteria
Poster Guidelines

Poster Examples

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