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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference?
The Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference is an opportunity for undergraduate students to share their research and creativity with each other and the community.  This year’s event is the 21st annual conference sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County (HECBC), which comprises Albright College, Alvernia University, Kutztown University, Pennsylvania State University (Berks) and Reading Area Community College.

When is the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference?
The Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Where is the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference?
Each year the conference is hosted by one of the HECBC schools. Albright College will host the 2020 conference.

Who may participate in the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference?
The conference is open to all undergraduate students.

What may I present at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference?
You may present/exhibit work in all disciplines and formats:

  • paper presentations
  • poster displays
  • art exhibitions
  • performances

You may not present work that you have previously presented at this annual conference.

Why should I participate in the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference?

Participation can offer many benefits:

  • sharing your expertise with other scholars
  • showcasing your scholarly and creative work
  • working closely with a faculty mentor
  • networking with others in your field of interest
  • refining presentation skills
  • enhancing your resume

How do I participate in the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference?
Select scholarly or creative work that you have completed in the past year and would like to share with other students and faculty.  Meet with a faculty member who has helped or would help you with this presentation and who will serve as your sponsor.  Work with this faculty sponsor to discuss and propose an abstract describing the work.  Complete the proposal form, making sure that you include contact information for your faculty sponsor.

Does the conference have a registration fee?
Berks County college students are free of charge. Students from other colleges will have a nominal fee of $15 due the day of registration. This fee includes lunch.

I would like to change my proposal from poster to oral or vice versa. Can I do this?
The deadlines for format changes is April 1. Please send an email to HECBC@albright.edu and we will try our best to accommodate your request.

Do I need to bring an easel for my poster?
No, a backer board and clips will be provided for you so there is no need to bring an easel unless you have a special type of artwork to display. The boards are 48″ wide x 36″ tall so please keep this in mind when printing posters.

I noticed that I made an error in my abstract. Can I please correct it?
Yes, please send your corrected abstract by email to hecbc@albright.edu with the subject line as: HECBC ABSTRACT CHANGE. Please note your name and school. We will replace your old abstract with your corrected one dependent upon the program printing schedule.

Can I request a timeslot for presenting?
While we will consider special requests, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to get a preferred slot. Please send an email to HECBC@albright.edu after your submission and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Keep in mind the presentations are grouped by content in most cases so requests can be difficult to honor. No changes can be made after April 1.

I have submitted two different abstracts for two different presentations. Can you please be sure they do not overlap?
Yes, we try hard to make sure the presentations will not conflict. Please indicate on the registration form if you have submitted more than one abstract.