Each year, usually in late March or early April, 5-10 outstanding undergraduate researchers (accompanied by a faculty/staff member) from each ACC university gather at a host university to present their research, either verbally or as a poster. At most universities the student delegates are chosen through a refereeing process. To be invited to the conference is a real honor. Typically,
*The research is original, student directed, under the advisement of a faculty member.
*Abstracts of each research project are gathered in a conference brochure.
*Verbal presentations are grouped by broad subject matter categories. They involve 15 minutes of presentation followed by 5 minutes of discussion.
*Students presenting their research by poster typically “staff” their presentation and explain their research to other participants, both students and faculty.
*Plenary sessions involve both reflections on the importance of undergraduate research, highlights of research methodologies by distinguished faculty from the host university, and reflections on paths to graduate school and research careers.
*The conference begins with dinner on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday.
*All expenses are paid by the ACCAC (the total budget is $75,000).
*Planning and hosting responsibilities are rotated among the universities.
*Each university chooses its delegates.
Upcoming and past conferences:
University of Louisville, 2019
Boston College, April 6-8, 2018
Duke University, 2017
Syracuse University, April 8-10, 2016 Pictures at https://collage.syr.edu/?c=
NC State University, April 10-12, 2015. ACC Meeting of the Minds Wrap Up Video. ACC Meeting of the Minds Welcome Video. ACC Meeting of the Minds photos – Smugmug link
University of Pittsburgh, April 3-5, 2014 Welcome Video. Photos from Conference. Terrific Video Conference Summary
Wake Forest: April 4-6, 2013
Virginia Tech: March 30-April 1, 2012
University of Miami: April 15-16, 2011
Georgia Tech: April 16-17, 2010
Students interested in this conference should consult with their local undergraduate research office. A list of contacts is available on this website under “about ACCAC/Other Committees/undergraduate research directors.”