2019 Conference Schedule 

8:00 a.m Registration Open
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Session 1: Oral, Poster, and ePoster
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Welcome and Keynote
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Session 2: Oral, Poster, and ePoster
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session 3: Oral, Poster, and ePoster 
12:40 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Session 4: Poster and ePoster
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Session 5: Oral, Poster, and ePoster
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 25th Anniversary Reception
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session 6: Oral, Poster, and ePoster
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Session 7: Oral, Poster, and ePoster
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Session 8: Oral, Poster, and ePoster

2019 Presentation Abstracts

Undergraduate students submit abstracts that summarize their research to be presented during MassURC. These abstracts are reviewed by each student's faculty sponsor. Once approved, research abstracts are published as part of the MassURC program guide.  The link below provides a full list of scheduled research abstracts presented during the 25th MassURC, organized by area of study.

View 2019 MassURC Abstracts


2019 Keynote

Individuals and Institutions: Leadership in Global Environmental Governance
Global environmental problems are garnering increasing public and political attention around the world. Since the 1970s governments have created a number of international institutions to address such problems but only one – depletion of the ozone layer – has been effectively resolved. This talk will examine the individuals and institutions that have played a leadership role in global environmental governance and launch a discussion about the leadership needed for effective global governance.  


Maria Ivanova, PhD 
Associate Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School
Director of Center for Governance and Sustainability and Director of the Global Environmental Governance Project
University of Massachusetts Boston

Maria Ivanova is an international relations and environmental policy scholar who holds a PhD (with distinction) and two master's degrees, in international relations and environmental management, from Yale University, and a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. 
Professor Ivanova’s research focuses on international environmental institutions and their performance, environmental sustainability, and the science-policy interface. She studies the implementation of global environmental conventions and the policy processes around the Sustainable Development Goals.  
Ivanova is a Board member of the U.N. University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), the Global Young Academy, and the Millennium Institute and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She works closely with national governments, UN agencies, and convention secretariats in providing an academic perspective into their international environmental governance work. 


With nearly 1,300 undergraduate students from all 28 Massachusetts public higher education institutions delivering presentations among peers and the public, this event has grown substantially over the years. Throughout the day, students exhibit not only their original research but also their drive and effort to better understand aspects of our world. 

The conference is free and the presentations are open to the public.

MassURC organizers and sponsors take pride in supporting undergraduate student research and providing an opportunity for participants to:

  • Learn to present academic work and experiences in a formal setting 
  • Receive feedback from faculty and scholars in their field as well as their peers
  • Exchange ideas with other undergraduate scholars 
  • Enhance their resume 

We hope you will join in – as a presenter, as a faculty sponsor, or as a community guest - to learn from, be inspired by, and support undergraduate students as they discover how to share and grow in their academic pursuits.


The Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference is co-sponsored by Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Massachusetts State University Council of Presidents, and the Massachusetts Community Colleges.