The Catholic University of America


We are pleased to share the Call for Abstracts and some important information regarding the Catholic University’s fourth University Research Day (URD). The date for this year’s URD is Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

We would like to encourage ALL members of the CUA community to submit applications to share your work with others. Research represents a very broad term in this context and could include a paper you have written for a course, a project you worked on with a faculty member, a recent presentation you gave at a professional meeting, a dramatic or musical performance, a display of art, or just about anything else that falls under “scholarly work.”

URD is a day that students, faculty and staff come together to celebrate, share and learn about the exciting research taking place at CUA. Over the past three years, URD has showcased the work of over 650 students, faculty, and staff. Presenters shared an incredible range of topics, including the role of native people during the American Revolution, how blockchain is used, the design of smart toys that diagnose infants’ fine motor skills, a proposal on how to reduce smoking in teens, the role of earthquakes in the Gospel of Matthew, and the rise of the tattoo industry, among many others.

URD 2019 will include opportunities for oral presentations, posters, and interactive research demonstrations. The interactive research demonstrations are designed for presenters whose research projects invite extensive audience participation, and can take a variety of formats such as demonstration of robotics, real-time experiments, architectural models, virtual reality displays, research games, debates, and more.

At URD, participants’ scholarship is presented in a way that ensures accessibility to everyone - even those unfamiliar with the subject matter. Well-received presentations are those in which the scholar communicates the significance of the research to people from a variety of academic disciplines.

Look for more information from our hashtag, #CUatResearchDay and from this website, including important dates, the format for the presentations, and the link to the application form. In addition, the names of the current planning committee members are listed on the website, should you have specific questions.

Abstracts: If you are interested in presenting a paper, poster, or interactive demonstration, please complete the abstract submission form. Abstracts must be received by Jan. 25, 2019 to be considered. Submissions received after that date are not guaranteed to be reviewed.

Thank you very much. We look forward to another exciting University Research Day!

The URD 2019 Planning Committee 


Abstract Instructions

ALL abstracts must be written for a general audience and use non-technical and jargon-free language. If you are interested in presenting a paper or project, or presenting an artistic performance or project, please find additional information in the Presentation Guidelines section of this website BEFORE submitting your abstract.

Requirements: Abstracts must be no longer than 500 words and written in clear, non-technical language that is geared for a general audience who is not familiar with your work or your discipline.

Submission Deadline: Abstracts must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 25 to be considered. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.

Abstract Submission Form