National Collegiate Research Conference Travel Grant

What is the National Collegiate Research Conference?

The National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) is one of North America’s largest multidisciplinary undergraduate research conferences. Organized by the Harvard Collegiate Undergraduate Research Association, the conference sees over 200 undergraduates from over 81 universities each year. Participants have the opportunity to share their own research while networking with other students and attending presentations by leading international researchers. Past speakers have included Dr. George Daley, a leading stem cell researcher and dean of the Harvard Medical School; Dr. Robert Gallo, a pioneer in the discovery of HIV; and Dr. Robert Langer, the most published engineer in human history.

This year’s conference will be held from January 19 to 21, 2017.

What is the NCRC Travel Grant?

The NCRC Travel Grant was an initiative started in 2015 to allow UBC students to attend the National Collegiate Research Conference hosted at Harvard University. As the research conference “for undergraduates and by undergraduates”, NCRC is highly subsidized by Harvard University. Food, accommodations, and poster printing are included in the $80 (USD) registration fee. This grant is intended to cover the cost of registration and all remaining travel costs up to a maximum of $500.  Generally, students end up with $20-40 remaining, depending on when they booked their flights. Students will be required to apply to other sources of funding to cover any remaining expenses.

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Application Process

NCRC Submission

Students will need to apply to the National Collegiate Research Conference before they apply to the NCRC Travel Grant. At the end of the NCRC Travel Grant application, you will be asked for a screenshot of your submitted NCRC application.  If selected as an NCRC Travel Grant recipient, you will be asked for confirmation of acceptance into NCRC before you can claim your grant.

NCRC Application


Grant recipients who submit their conference name badge as proof of their attendance at the NCRC will be reimbursed for all their conference related expenses up to $500, including travel, accommodation, and conference fees. Boarding passes and all receipts must be submitted to URO’s Treasurer, Jessie Zhang, at by the end of February. Note that you must have a $5 URO membership to apply for the NCRC Travel Grant. They can be bought from 12-2 PM on Monday or Tuesday at 3302E in the Nest.

NCRC Travel Grant registration deadline: Extended to December 2nd, 2016 at 11:59 PM

Travel Grant Application