The Annual Conference for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Entrepreneurship and Creative Achievement (EURECA)
Conference dates: March 28 - April 1, 2021
Early bird deadline: December 20, 2020
Regular deadline: February 20, 2021
EURECA is AUC's annual gathering of undergraduate students who share with an academic, multidisciplinary audience their best scholarly and innovative research and creative work. Students showcase and celebrate their original work, sharpening critical thinking, creative inquiry, and expression skills (written, oral, and visual) and engaging in interdisciplinary dialogue.
Undergraduates from all disciplines, from the first year to capstone, are invited to participate. EURECA Conference is organized under the larger institutional celebration of research: The AUC Research and Creativity Convention (RCC).
NOTE: This year's conference will be a virtual exhibition of research products and creative works organized by thematic sessions. The research products and creative works will be uploaded to our virtual platform. These can include but are not limited to research posters and PowerPoint Presentations with voiceover narration based on your accepted proposal. Both audience questions and comments and presenter replies will be completed asynchronously. Those whose submissions are accepted will receive guidelines on preparing and uploading their work on the virtual platform.
EURECA includes student presentations from the following strands:
Research Excellence Across the Disciplines
This is an opportunity for students enrolled in different majors to present their best discipline-based research work. Presentations that employ critical analysis, a sound research process and logical presentation are welcome.
Research by undergraduate students, presenting research in their fields of major or minor
First-Year Research Experience (FYRE)
These are oral presentations by first-year students who have completed research-based projects in any 1000-level or freshman research program. FYRE encourages and celebrates freshman students' inquiry-based learning and research.
All students presenting research completed at the freshman level
This activity is only open for AUC students enrolled in the pre-credit language instruction courses offered by the Department of English Language Instruction. ELI Explorers' presentations underline the University’s commitment to teach research skills and ignite a passion for research the minute a student steps into campus.
This is a celebration of multiple creative activities. Students present their work and share the creative process's experiences and the thematic and theoretical basis of their work. Creatopia activities include:
- Creative writing, script-writing, the spoken word poetry
- Short film, documentary, podcasts
- Visual artwork and photography
- Graphic design
- Cartooning and graphic novels
- Creative game design
- Musical compositions
- Digital liberal arts projects
All undergraduate students are welcome to submit for review an Abstract describing their original creative work.
Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Expo
This is a showcase of innovative student startup ideas across the disciplines.
- Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes.
- Students developing business plans as a co-curricular activity
- Students with personal start-ups
Architectural Design Show
The Architectural Design Show is an opportunity to share students' innovations in design solutions and spatial innovations.
Students majoring in architectural engineering and design programs
Undergraduate Poster Session
This session invites undergraduate students to present their research and other forms of project work that demonstrate critical analysis and sound arguments using posters. Academic posters are a common medium of presentation that engages a "walking" audience through text and attractive visuals. The idea should be complete and self-explanatory so that a viewer would understand the poster, even in the absence of a presenter.
- All undergraduate students, in any major
- For poster guidelines, click here.
Tomorrow's Leaders Annual Symposium
This session is specifically for the students on a "Tomorrow's Leaders" Scholarship. It is organized and presented by the students. Students may present an oral presentation of research or community-based project.
- Students on a "Tomorrow's Leaders" scholarship
Assessment criteria for research abstract or description of creative/entrepreneurial work:
- Clear purpose, addressing a gap or opportunity.
- The proposed work is an original contribution by the student.
- Contribution employs methods acceptable in the discipline.
- Research has a theoretical framework.
- All external sources are cited.
- Research with human participants has IRB approval.
Guidelines, FAQs, and Photo Gallery
To see the full course description, visit the EURECA 2021 Conference website.
The 15th EURECA Conference will take place on March 28 - April 1, 2021.
To register and submit an abstract, click here.