Welcome to ACUR

The Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research is held each year in different universities on an ongoing basis.

ACUR 2016 will take place on 27-28 October 2016 at CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton, Queensland. This two-day conference will include spoken presentations by undergraduate students, Master of Research students (1st year only) and graduated 2015 Honours students from all disciplines and from across Australasia.

The themes of the conference are sustainability, innovation, social justice and the student voice.

Submissions are OPEN NOW. Register your interest for ACUR 2016 HERE.

What to do if you want to present your work at the conference

Undergraduate students, Master of Research students (1st year only) and Honours 2015/16 students from all disciplines across Australasia are eligible to apply.

If you would like to present your work at the conference you need to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by 15th July 2016. Abstracts will be peer reviewed and the conference committee will notify you if you have been selected to give a spoken presentation on your paper by 16th August 2016. A total of 20 minutes will be allocated for all presentations and discussion.

Students can also submit a full paper by the 15th July 2016 for the ACUR Undergraduate Research Publication.

What is an Undergraduate Research Conference?

An undergraduate research conference is like any academic conference, except that the presentations are all given by undergraduates who report on research carried out within courses, a summer or other research internship, a research-based degree program, or voluntary work. In 2012 the First Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research was held at Macquarie University. An undergraduate research conference provides a great opportunity to meet students from other universities and to share your research. As a multi-disciplinary conference, you will have the opportunity to network with other undergraduate researchers from your own discipline, and also to learn about how other disciplines approach research problems.



       Academics’ comments:

What will you do as a consequence of attending the conference? “Talk about how fantastic it was to my colleagues, and encourage them to get their students involved in the next one”.

What was the most valuable thing you gained?

“It was good to see undergraduate students rising to the challenge of presenting their research. I heard some high quality papers, saw some excellent posters and especially enjoyed students interacting with each other. The students I came to support all said they gained a great deal from the experience.”

Students’ comments:

What will you do as a result of attending the conference? “I will definitely talk with my teachers about why we do not do more research as undergraduate students! I was also unsure as to if I should complete a fourth year as an honours student next year but after seeing the passion and the difference that research can make in a relevant context I am inspired to continue studying”

What was the most valuable thing you gained? “Meeting people, great conversations with like-minded people. Also learnt so much because of the wide range of disciplines. Renewed inspiration and hope in undergraduate research.”