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17 Eastern students present at virtual NCUR conference

Published on April 16, 2021

17 Eastern students present at virtual NCUR conference


Seventeen Eastern Connecticut State University students presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) from April 12–14. The event, which is the largest undergraduate research conference in the country, was hosted virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Research topics at NCUR spanned the arts, sciences and humanities and were presented in a range of formats — from oral and poster presentations to artwork and performance. Majors represented by Eastern students included political science, music, theatre, business administration, English, psychology, new media studies, communication, health sciences and history.  

Eastern students presented on such topics as the impact of partisanship on climate change opinion; strategies to support play for preschoolers with sensory disabilities; emotional intelligence and career interests for college students; the growing distrust in the media among young people; and more.  

To see each student's research project, visit

“This is the largest undergraduate conference and Eastern has a distinguished record for sending many students to NCUR each year,” said Psychology Professor Carlos Escoto. Eastern is routinely among the top schools nationwide in NCUR participation, despite its modest size.  

Students were able to attend faculty presentations on topics such as mental health, anti-racism and more. The conference also featured two graduate fairs, where students could speak with representatives from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, Purdue University and Princeton University.  

NCUR kicked off with a panel focused on the film “Picture a Scientist,” which participants were encouraged to watch before the conference. The documentary looks at gender discrimination faced by female scientists in fields such as biology, chemistry and geology. Due to the virtual setting, speakers who would otherwise be unavailable were able to attend the conference, including closing speaker Bertice Berry, a sociologist and best-selling author. 

Written by Molly Boucher