MURC Synopsis

The CC2PhD Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) occurred on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Our 2018 conference featured research presentations from 114 California community college students and transfer students in all disciplines: arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM. 

We strive to host an undergraduate research conference that:

  • Is accessible for community college students and transfer students. We do not charge conference registration fees and we do not require presenters to be part of a college honors program. 

  • Encourages presenters and spectators to engage in research and pursue graduate degrees.  

  • Is welcoming and stigma-free for community college students and transfer students. 


2018 MURC Conference Booklet


2018 Spectator RSVP Form

You do NOT need to be a presenter to attend this conference. You can attend this conference as a spectator (i.e. a non-presenter attendee). The conference is free and open to the public. However, spectators must RSVP online by clicking the RSVP button below. 


Spectator RSVP Form is CLOSED

2018 Conference Location and Parking

Conference Locations

  • Check in, opening keynote, lunch, and closing keynote are located at UCLA Ackerman Union Room 2400. The address is 308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.  

  • Breakout oral presentations are located at UCLA Math Science classrooms. The address is 520 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095 


  • We recommend parking at UCLA Parking Structure 4. The address is 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095. 

  • The parking rate for Parking Structure 4 is $3 per hour or $12 for all day. Only cash and credit cards may be used at the pay stations. Pay stations only accept $1, $5, and $10 bills and DO NOT give change in the form of cash or credit. Pay stations only accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express. 

Navigating UCLA After You Park

  • Hard Copy Map: Please print this UCLA map, which has Parking Structure 4, Ackerman Union, and Math Sciences Building circled in purple. 

  • Mobile GPS: After you park, input Ackerman Union’s address into your phone’s map application for walking directions. You should continue to use your phone’s map application throughout the conference as you go back and forth from Ackerman Union, Math Sciences Building, and Parking Structure 4. 



2018 Presenter Information

Registration Cost: This conference is free.

Dress Code: Business Casual (Click here for UW Madison's guide on business casual)


  • Presenter Eligibility: This conference accepts presentation proposals from current community college students and transfer students from any California 2-year or 4-year college. We also welcome proposals from recent graduates who WERE community college students or transfer students. 

  • Scope of Presentations: This conference accepts in progress or completed research presentations from all disciplines: arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM.   

    • Note: While students have a general idea of what research looks like in STEM disciplines, many are unsure of what research looks like in other disciplines. If applicable, please read this brief 1-page article "What is Research in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences?" from the UCLA Undergraduate Research Center. 

Oral Presentation Format:

  • Each breakout oral presentation session will contain multiple 11-minute presentations that share a common topic or theme. Each 11-minute presentation should generally contain 8 minutes for presentation and the remaining 3 minutes to take audience questions. Speakers should use PowerPoint to accompany their presentations and (if available) can choose to speak behind a podium. 

  • Note: Each 11-minute presentation is allowed a maximum of 5 co-presenters. Regardless of the number of co-presenters, all presentations are only given 11 minutes.

Presenter Timeline:

  • Monday, April 30, 2018 11:59pm = Presentation Proposal Deadline 

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018 = Notification of Acceptances, Presentation Times, and Presentation Locations

  • Saturday, May 26, 2018 8am-5pm = Present at MURC

Presentation Proposal Components:

  • Presentation Title (Limited to 20 Words) 

  • Presentation Abstract (Limited to 300 Words)


Proposal Submission Form is CLOSED

Non-exhaustive List of Presenter Resources

CC2PhD Saturday Academies

  • CC2PhD Saturday Academy Archive: If you are in the social sciences check out our archive of videos and PowerPoints that cover, among other things, the major milestones of a social science research project. This includes research questions, literature review, interviews, surveys, observations, qualitative data analysis, and writing. 


What is a Research Conference?

Conference Etiquette

Abstracts Writing

Finding Faculty Advisors

Designing PowerPoints for Research Presentations