ACC AC Meeting of the Minds

ACC MoM Chancellors Group PhotoThe Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Meeting of the Minds conference is held each spring (usually April) and is hosted by one of the 15 ACC member schools.  It is funded in-part by revenue from athletic events.  The conference celebrates undergraduate research and provides an opportunity for sharing of ideas and collaboration.

ACC member schools include: Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Florida State University, Georgia Tech, NC State University, Syracuse University, University of Louisville, University of Miami, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University.

The 2017 ACC Meeting of the Minds will take place March 31-April 2, 2017 at Duke University.

Application Submission will open on December 5, 2016 and close February 7, 2017


NC State University undergrads (ONLY) are invited to apply to present their research project at the conference.  The number of students selected is determined by the host institution and typically ranges between 5-8 students per institution.

To be considered, applicants will need to provide a completed online application and recommendation letter (see list below):
1. A faculty letter of support on letterhead; project does not have to be completed at NC State, but letter of support from the faculty mentor for project is required (pdf emailed to
2. An Abstract (required, 250 words or less, online)
3. Short paragraph describing how attending the ACC MOM is important in obtaining your career goals. (required, online)
4. Optional, though recommended: Resume (pdf upload online)

To be considered please APPLY HERE by February 7th. This is a hard deadline and extensions will not be given.

Selected students will meet with the Director of Undergraduate Research and/or Associate Director of Undergraduate Research during scheduled evening/weekend sessions to prepare for the conference.  Attendance to these meetings is a requirement for attending the conference.

Presentation types will include Oral, Poster, Exhibit and Performance.Students will not be expected to provide a formal talk with their poster – they will be expected to stand with their poster for about an hour or so and talk to anyone who comes up about their work. For oral presentations, the length of the presentation is usually 10 minutes maximum, followed by a short question and answer period. The number of oral presentations is typically limited by the host institution to 2-3 per institution. When applying you may select oral as first preference with option to present poster if selected.Students who wish to have an exhibit or performance must provide details to the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).

The audience will primarily be the other participating ACC students – they will be from a large variety of disciplines, so the students should prepare to be able to speak to both students in their field and outside their field, as well as attending faculty and administrators from the ACC schools.

For more information on applying, join the OUR Google Group to be notified when applications open or contact the office at