Get funded to present your work at an undergraduate conference

By Jennifer Hill
Call for Abstracts
British Conference of Undergraduate Research
University of Winchester: Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April 2015

For the third year running, UWE is supporting a small selection of undergraduate students from across the university to present their research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. The conference brings together undergraduate students from across the UK (and beyond) to share their research through poster presentations or spoken papers. This is an opportunity to present your dissertation work, intern projects and any other research that you have developed through the course of your studies. This might include assessed essays or other coursework. Submissions from all disciplines are welcomed.


There is also the opportunity for papers concerning research or case studies about the introduction of undergraduate research into modules or courses. Collaborative staff-student presentations are welcome.

Eligibility

Current undergraduate students are welcome to submit abstracts, as are recently graduated students provided that their research was conducted when they were an undergraduate. Research is considered to include all enquiry-based work including creative projects.

Are you interested? Then here is what to do

Email two items to Jennifer.Hill@uwe.ac.uk by 3 December 2014:

Item 1 – Research abstract (following the requested BCUR format):

Abstract title

Author name

Author institution

Preferred format (poster or talk)

Current year of study

Purpose of the research (up to 100 words)

Research design and methods (up to 100 words)

Findings (or anticipated findings at this point) of your research (up to 100 words)

Conclusions and (expected) implications of your research (up to 100 words)

Key references

The complete abstract must not exceed 400 words excluding references.

Your presentation at BCUR is likely to take place in a session with a variety of topics, so avoid jargon and abbreviations and make it understandable to people who know nothing about your field.

Item 2 – Statement of why you want to participate and whether you have registered for, or intend to register for, the UWE Bristol Futures Award

Write a short statement about why you would like to participate in the conference and indicate whether you are already registered for, or intend to register for, the Bristol UWE Futures Award (see http://www.uwe.ac.uk/futures and http://www.uwe.ac.uk/students/careersandemployability).

If there are more abstracts received than funded places your abstract and statement of why you wish to attend/UWE Bristol Futures Award status will be reviewed by Jenny and she will select those students who will be funded to attend. These students will then be supported by Jenny (as they require) in the preparation of their posters or presentations.

Time line

Internal UWE abstract deadline: 3 December 2014
Decisions announced to UWE students: 5 December 2014
Individual abstract submission to BCUR (using official website): by 15 December 2014
Abstract acceptance by BCUR: January 2015
Conference registration (paid for and organised by UWE) closes: March 2015
BCUR conference, Winchester: 20 and 21 April 2015 (note this is the final teaching week of term)

Further information …

Posters
Time will be allocated at the conference for you to ‘present’ your poster, along with other students, where you will be expected to stand by your poster and answer questions from delegates. You will be responsible for printing your poster. The conference will provide poster boards and mounting materials.

Paper presentations
Verbal papers are usually 10 minutes in length, with 5 minutes for questions. Time limits are adhered to so please make sure you time your presentation before you attend the conference (you will be given the opportunity to practice your presentation in front of each other and Jenny if you wish). PowerPoint and an internet connection are usually available for all presenters.

Final selection of abstracts by the BCUR Committee
All abstracts which meet the conference criteria will be accepted for the conference. UWE will pay for conference registration, overnight accommodation and travel to the event so if you accept a place then you need to attend and present! Your abstract will appear in the book of conference abstracts and you will also appear on the delegates list. You will be booked into a hotel together and may have to share a room with one other UWE presenter. There is usually a conference dinner for all students on the evening of day one. Usually we ask you to pay for this if you wish to go such that you have made a small financial contribution and this prompts you not to drop out.

Why should you take part?

This will be a great way for you to gain academic and employability skills to add to your CV and to take to job interviews. You will also meet and network with students from across the UK. Interviews with students from other universities and with the UWE students who took part in previous years have highlighted how they really enjoyed themselves, improved their knowledge and confidence, and gained skills that improved their CVs. These experiences can form part of your UWE Bristol Futures Award portfolio and we will give preference to those students who have already registered for, or who are planning to complete, this award.

Jennifer Hill

Jennifer.Hill@uwe.ac.uk

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