For three decades, the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference (MassURC) has been a catalyst for academic exploration and innovation, bringing together undergraduate students from all corners of the Commonwealth. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we reflect on a journey that has been shaped by the challenges and resilience of the past years.

In response to the unprecedented challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, we transitioned to a virtual conference from 2020 to 2023.  During these years, students adapted brilliantly, preparing video presentations of their research and engaging in lively discussions during ‘Research in Highlights’ sessions. These interactions allowed them to delve deeper into their work and share insights, fostering meaningful connections even in the virtual landscape. The resounding success of our remote conferences owes much to the dedication and resilience of our student presenters, faculty sponsors, and attendees.

Now, in 2024, we are thrilled to announce our return to an in-person conference experience at UMass Amherst’s Campus Center. The challenges of the past years have reinforced our commitment to fostering a space where students present their research, exchange knowledge, and draw inspiration from their peers.

MassURC goes beyond mere observation; it offers a unique opportunity to immerse in the diverse research undertaken by students across the Commonwealth. Across over sixty subject areas, including architecture, biochemistry, fine art, history, marketing, and sociology, we uncover the depth and breadth of students’ exploration.

Our conference is made possible through the support of Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Massachusetts State Universities Council of Presidents, and the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges.

Join us in commemorating three decades of academic excellence and a promising future filled with student-driven research that shapes the world!