The Australian National University (ANU) is proud to be hosting the Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research (ACUR) Conference online, from the 15th-17th September 2021.
Conference program now available!
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Call for conference judges
The ACUR@ANU conference organising committee is now calling for conference judges.
Conference judges offer first-hand support to undergraduate, honours and MRes student presenters by watching and evaluating their live 10 minute conference presentations, asking questions about the students’ research and providing anonymous written formative feedback which we provide to the students following the conference.
This opportunity is open to all academic staff including PhD students. Please note, this opportunity is NOT open to undergraduate, honours or masters students, or non-academic staff members.
Registration is now open, and will close September 3rd: https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6E7vKjyw97CAyEK
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Poster and presentation workshop recordings now available
Abstract submission deadline: Monday July 19th
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Abstracts now open!
Abstract submissions for the 2021 ACUR Conference are now open and will close June 28th 2021.
The attached guidelines are provided to assist you in preparing your submission.
Abstract submission timeline:
- EXTENDED abstract submission closes 19th July midnight AEST
- Outcome of abstract submission email: week beginning 30th August
- Re-submission (if relevant) deadline: 3rd September midnight AEST
- Outcome of abstract re-submission email: 10th September
Call for peer reviewers
Will you help us to support undergraduate research? As a peer reviewer, you will join a team of academic staff including PhD students from around Australasia who assess abstracts within their area of academic expertise. You will share your disciplinary expertise with students from around the world, and make an assessment on which abstracts should be included in the Conference. Your generous contribution will be acknowledged in the Conference program.
- Student abstracts are short- just 250 words each.
- You can tell us how many abstracts you have capacity to mark.
- Assessment criteria is provided via a tried-and-tested intuitive online form.
- Opportunity is provided to provide your constructive feedback, which is provided anonymously back to the student.
- Indicative timeline for peer review: we expect you will receive abstracts on Wednesday 28th July. The indicative deadline for return of abstracts will be Wednesday 18th August.
Sponsors and supporters prospectus now available!
Abstract Writing Workshop- workshop recording & slides now available
We welcome all students intending to submit an abstract to ACUR@ANU 2021, and supporting staff, to access this recording of the live abstract workshop presented online on the 19th May 2021. Watching this workshop and accessing the associated resources is highly recommended as it will make explicit the key criteria for abstracts submitted to the Conference and will also offer practical advice for structuring and writing your abstract.
Your abstract is key to attracting reader and audience interest in your research. As such, this workshop provides tips for ensuring that your abstract presents a clear message, and effectively communicates the purpose and achievements of your research. Using sample abstracts from diverse fields and disciplines, this workshop will focus on analysing the key components of effective abstracts, offer advice on how to avoid common mistakes, and provide tips and tricks for polishing your abstract for submission.
Full abstract writing workshop & conference overview presentation
Abstract submission FAQs
“Can I make changes to the research for which I’m writing my abstract, even if it’s a thesis or coursework which I’ve submitted in the past?”
The research for which you write and submit your abstract must be endorsed, and recommended to ACUR@ANU 2021, by your thesis or coursework supervisor (please see abstract submission guidelines for details). Therefore, the endorsement of your supervisor must pertain to the research for which you are submitting your abstract (ie. your thesis with any potential changes made). This means you are welcome to make any changes that you wish, but your supervisor must be aware of these when they endorse your abstract and research.
“What to do if our experiments/results aren’t complete by the time of abstract submission?”
Your abstract should be written in relation to the information that you have about your research project at the time that you write/submit your abstract. As all abstracts are subject to the same deadlines, we are unable to offer students extensions to this deadline on the basis of pending research results. If your abstract is accepted to the Conference, your presentation can refer to the results of your research.
“What are the research areas/disciplines you’re looking for? Are some disciplines more likely to be accepted into the conference than others?”
The ACUR Conference is a proudly multidisciplinary conference, and therefore undergraduate students from all disciplines are warmly welcomed to submit an abstract. The academic discipline within which you are writing your abstract has no impact or influence on whether your abstract is accepted to the Conference.
“How many abstracts can I submit to the Conference?”
You are welcome to submit as many abstracts as you would like, however you will only be able to present once at the Conference. This means that if more than one of your abstracts is successful in the peer review process, you will need to select which abstract you would like to base your presentation on. This is to ensure that as many students as possible are offered to the opportunity to present.
ACUR@ANU 2021 key dates:
April 1st 2021: Abstracts open
May 19th 2021: Abstract Writing Workshop