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Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Due to the COVID-related campus closure, URCAD XXV will be held online again this spring. You will be able to view presentations, watch films, see video of dance and music performances, view artwork, and interact with presenters during the asynchronous event.

Last April, 251 students presented their research and creative work, and thousands of visitors logged on the URCAD online via an interactive platform called VoiceThread. Nothing can compare to being together to be able to celebrate all of the research, scholarship, and creative work of our talented UMBC undergraduate students. Experiencing the live dance performances, being able to talk face to face with students about their research, or being able to take a ride on a kinetic sculpture are things that are meant to be experienced in person, and the energy of hosting URCAD on campus is irreplaceable. But last year’s online event provided a unique experience for visitors to explore the presentations and to interact with presenters in really meaningful ways. The online format also expanded URCAD to a global event- visitors logged on from as far away as Korea and the U.K.

Mark your calendars for the week of April 19-23, 2021 for URCAD XXV Online!

You can still view the presentations form 2020 here:

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) features research, scholarship, and creative work carried out by UMBC undergraduates. Student work is shared through oral presentations, posters, artistic exhibits, performances, and film. Over 300 presenters participate annually. Researchers work with faculty mentors on independent research, or research that is part of the mentor’s on-going projects.  They are from all disciplines, and can be working on a thesis, capstone project, part of a scholars or honors program, or they can be unaffiliated.This campus-wide celebration of achievement affirms UMBC’s commitment to the twin goals of research and a distinctive undergraduate experience.

All current undergraduates who have conducted research, scholarship or creative work in the last year may apply to present their results at URCAD. Mentors, fellow students, friends, family members, high school teachers and students, graduate school recruiters, and the general public are invited to attend.

Keisha John, URCAD 2020 Alumni Keynote Speaker

Dr Keisha John, Associate Dean and UMBC Alumni

Our guest speaker is Dr. Keisha John, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, University of Virginia
While at UMBC, Dr. John was a Meyerhoff Scholar, and worked with her mentor, Dr. Rachel Brewster as one of the first undergraduate researchers in her lab. You can read more about her here

URCAD Featured Interview: Saida Muktar

Key Dates for URCAD 2020

January 2, 2020

  • ✅ First day applications will be accepted.

February 10, 2020

  • ✅ Application deadline for MARC and McNair students.

February 10, 2020

  • ✅ Application deadline for education students presenting SLOPE work.

February 14, 2020

  • ✅ Deadline for completed online application for all students. (inclusive of faculty mentor’s recommendation.)

March 25, 2020

  • ✅ URCAD Poster Prep Workshop with Prof. Raimi Quiton 12-1pm in LH1

March 29, 2020

  • ✅ URCAD Oral Presentation Workshop with Prof.Tim Phin in ITE 102 (LH 8)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

  • ✅ The 24nd Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

  • ✅ The 24nd Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day.

parking iconParking Information:

Metered parking is available for off-campus visitors at three locations:

  • Administration Drive Garage (Closest to the UC Ballroom.)
  • Commons Drive Garage
  • Walker Avenue Garage

Page updated 10/26/2020