Welcome to ACUR
The Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research is held each year in different universities on an ongoing basis.
ACUR 2017 will take place on 27th-28th September 2017 at The University of Adelaide, South Australia. This two-day conference will include spoken presentations by undergraduate students, 2017 Honours students, Master of Research students (1st year only) and graduated 2016 Honours students from all disciplines and from across Australasia.
Submissions and registrations are now open.
Registrations and fees information can be viewed here.
What to do if you want to present your work at the conference
Undergraduate students, Honours 2016/17 students and Master of Research students (1st year only) from all disciplines across Australasia are eligible to apply. Students at any stage of research, including in-progress and preliminary findings, are welcome to apply to present.
To be considered for presenting at ACUR 2017, students should either:
submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by 8th July (extended submission deadline)
submit a full paper which is no longer than 4000 words, including the abstract and the reference section by 15th July 2017.
A total of 20 minutes will be allocated for each presentation and accompanying discussion.
What to do if you want your work to be considered for publication
Students who submit a full paper by 15th July can confirm at the same time, on the Manuscript coversheet, whether they would like their paper to be considered for publication. The paper must not be longer than 4000 words, including the abstract and the reference section.
Students who submit an abstract by 8th July and are invited to present at ACUR 2017, can then further decide to submit the full paper of their abstract by 30th August for consideration for publication. The paper must not be longer than 4000 words, including the abstract and the reference section.
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.
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.”
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.”