Events

Conferences. ACUR holds an undergraduate research conference in an Australasian university annually. Each year the conference is organized by a team of staff and students in a different university.

Posters in Parliament. ACUR also organizes an exhibition of undergraduate research in Parliament House, Canberra and/or the New Zealand Parliament (the Beehive) from time to time in order to publicise undergraduate research in the wider community.

Newsletter. In addition, ACUR publishes URNA (Undergraduate Research News Australasia), a newsletter containing information, events, and initiatives in undergraduate research likely to be of interest to Australasia. It is currently produced twice a year.
 

 

Past ACUR Conferences

The seventh ACUR conference was held at The La Trobe University, Melbourne on 24 – 25 September 2018. Over the two days of the conference, 63 student presenters over 2 days represented 16 Australian institutions, as well as Washington State University.

The sixth ACUR conference was held at The University of Adelaide on 27 – 28 September 2017. This two-day conference included a combination of spoken presentations from abstracts and papers by Undergraduate students, Master of Research students (first year only) and graduated 2016 Honours students from a range of disciplines and educational institutions across Australasia. To view the 2017 program, abstracts and photos, please click here.

The fifth ACUR conference was held at CQUniversity Australia on 27 – 28 October 2016. This two-day conference included spoken papers by Undergraduate students, Master of Research students (first year only) and graduated 2015 Honours students from all disciplines and from across Australasia. Photographs from the conference can be viewed here.

The fourth ACUR conference was held at The University of Western Australia on 29 – 30 September 2015. This two-day conference included poster presentations and spoken papers by Undergraduate students, Master of Research students (first year only) and graduated 2014 Honours students from all disciplines and from across Australasia. A program from the day can be found here and photographs here.

The third ACUR conference was held at the Australian National University in Canberra on 18 – 19 September 2014. This two-day conference included poster presentations and spoken papers by Undergraduate students, Master of Research students (first year only) and graduated 2013 Honours students from all disciplines and from across Australasia.

In 2014 a Posters in Parliament Exhibition and Celebration of undergraduate research was held in the Mural Hall at Parliament House, Canberra. Details of this event including photos are available here. Images of the posters which were on display can be found directly here and photographs of the event here. You can also view a list of presenters and records of the event within media.

The second ACUR conference was held at Macquarie University in Sydney on 19 – 20 September 2013. This two-day conference included poster presentations and spoken papers by Undergraduate students, Master of Research students (first year only) and graduated 2012 Honours students from all disciplines and from across Australasia. Details of the program, presentations, abstracts, photos and sponsors are available here.

The inaugural ACUR Conference was held at Macquarie University in Sydney on 20 September 2012. This one-day conference included poster presentations and spoken papers by undergraduate students from all disciplines and from across Australasia. Details of the program, presentations, abstracts and photos taken at this event are available here.

 

 

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.”