ACC Meeting of the Minds

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Meeting of the Minds (MOM) is hosted by an ACC institution every spring semester.

Atlantic Coast Conference LogoPlenary 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 is fully funded by the ACC with all costs covered for the selected student delegates.

Conference Information

Each year, 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. To be invited to the conference is a real honor. For additional conference specific information please visit the ACC Website.

Upcoming Conferences

  • April 9-10, 2021: University of North Carolina (Virtual)
    • Friday afternoon and Saturday morning

2021 Conference Website

  • 2022: University of Virginia

2021 Application Information

UM undergrads from all disciplines are invited to apply.

Application includes:

  • 250 word or less abstract 
  • Faculty mentor recommendation
  • Paragraph describing how attending will help achieve your academic and career goals
  • Unofficial transcript- PDF
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)- PDF
  • Presentation Format Preference*
    • Abbreviated (3 Minute Thesis)
    • Full-length (10 minute PowerPoint or similar platform)

Application deadline for the 2021 virtual conference is Friday, February 19, 2021. Selected students will meet with the program director during scheduled evening/weekend sessions to prepare for the conference. Attendance at these meetings is a requirement for attending the conference.


*Subject to change based on final conference registration.
Note: preference is given to students who have completed research spanning multiple semesters.