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Conference Program is Now Available

The 12th annual Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference is next week, Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1.

The program is now available at http://digitalcommons.library.tru.ca/urc/

Students (and their faculty supervisors) have put a lot of time and effort into their presentations; we encourage everyone to come out and give them an audience, even if you’ve just got the time to catch a talk or two, or to view posters for an hour.

Check out the full program, including the social events – everyone is invited to all parts of the conference, including the Friday evening Reception and Theatre (both free, no tickets required).

Thank you in advance for supporting this event and all of our amazing student researchers; we hope to see you at the conference!

 

 

Proposal Deadline Extended: Tuesday, February 14.

The application deadline for the 12th annual TRU Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference is being extended until midnight on Tuesday February 14.

It is still not too late to share a poster or 15-minute concurrent lecture session.

To apply:

1. Go to http://digitalcommons.library.tru.ca/urc/
2. Click on “Submit Proposal” on the left-hand side of the page (under the Author Corner section heading)
3. Sign up to Create a New Account in Digital Commons and then follow submission instructions.

2017 Undergraduate Conference Dates Announced!!

Dear TRU Community,

This year the 12th annual TRU Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference will take place March 31 & April 1, 2017.

This is your opportunity to showcase your research to the TRU community, peers and boarder community. The application process is simple.

To apply:

  1. Go to http://digitalcommons.library.tru.ca/urc/
  2. Click on “Submit Proposal” on the left-hand side of the page
  3. Sign up to “Create a New Account in Digital Commons”, and then follow submission instructions.

Note: Proposal deadlines are Monday, February 6.

Students applying should read the Submission Agreement in full; they will also need to have a faculty supervisor (someone willing to help them prepare their work for presentation and keep them on track in the weeks leading up to the conference), a presentation title, and an abstract of up to 250 words. The title and abstract should take into consideration that this is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary event that is also open to the larger community.

Anyone having difficulty with the online submission process, or who has questions or concerns, is welcome to contact Elizabeth Rennie (erennie@tru.ca) for assistance.

Looking forward to another great conference!

 
 

 

2016 Conference: Application Form Now Available!

The 11th annual TRU Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference will take place March 18-19, 2016. This is an opportunity for students from all programs, departments, and areas of study at TRU to share their work with the rest of campus and the larger community, either as a poster or as a 15-minute lecture.

In order to present at the conference, students must submit an Application Form of their proposed presentation (available here).

Proposals must come from current TRU undergraduate students, and students must have a faculty supervisor willing to sign off and agree to help them prepare for the conference. The deadline for proposals will be 11:59 pm Monday February 1, 2016.

Before completing an Application Form, it is recommended that you:

  • consider whether you want to give a 15 minute talk, present a poster, or both
  • think about a title that is both catchy and that describes your presentation
  • write your abstract; get an edited final version that is 1500 characters or less written and edited, and then just cut and paste it into the form
  • discuss your presentation and get input on your abstract from a faculty supervisor who is willing to assist you with preparing for the conference

More information about writing an abstract can be found here:

http://ugc.sites.tru.ca/2014/11/30/conference-prep-how-to-write-a-winning-abtract/

All students who submit a proposal will be notified whether it’s been accepted by Friday February 12, 2016, so that they can start preparing over Reading Week.  As well, a series of drop-in workshops to help presenters prepare will be announced in early February. We look forward to reading your proposals and seeing your work!

Call for Proposals Now Closed

The call for proposals for the 10th annual TRU Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference is now closed.

 Everyone who submitted a proposal should have received a response on either February 13 or 14. If you submitted a proposal before the February 9 deadline and have NOT received a response, please contact TRUUndergradconf@gmail.com as soon as possible.
 
If you have questions about the conference, please contact TRUUndergradconf@gmail.com

Deadline Extended, Mon. Feb. 9th: Undergraduate Research Conference

The deadline for students submitting proposals has been extended another week, until the end-of-day on Monday, February 9th. 
 
The conference itself will take place on March 27-28th, with posters being exhibited on the Friday, and the concurrent lectures taking place on the Saturday.
Hold the date, and plan on attending if you can!
 
The Application Form can be found on the left side of the page and questions can be sent directly to TRUUndergradconf@gmail.comKeep those proposals coming!
 

 

Conference Proposal Deadline: Monday, February 2

Just a friendly reminder about presenting research at the 2015 TRU Undergraduate Conference this March (27th&28th). The deadline for proposals is midnight Monday February 2, 2015.

The link for the Application Form is available on the left side of the page.  We welcome proposals from all programs, departments, and areas of study at TRU. To be considered, proposals must come from current TRU undergraduate students, and students must have a faculty supervisor willing to sign off on the topic.

All students who submit a proposal will be notified of its acceptance by Friday February 13, 2015.

Looking forward to another great conference!



 

Conference Prep: How To Write a Winning Abstract

As you know, your conference application needs to include an abstract – which, in a nutshell, summarizes your research project: your focus, method, discussion points and conclusion.

The abstract will be read by the conference organizers who review the proposals. It will also be included in the online conference program, where it will help generate interest in your research and attract an audience to your presentation. This means that your audience may not be specialists in your field, so your writing needs to be clear and concise.

An abstract should generally include:

  • What is the problem/background to your research
  • Why did you do this study or project
  • How did you approach the problem (what did you do? Interviews? A comparative literature review? New creative content? Calculations? A controlled lab experiment?)
  • What did you find, or what do you hope to find if it’s ongoing research
  • Who cares? What makes this work important or significant? Why should your audience be interested?

Overall:

  • aim for 100 – 250 words. Be concise; people can find out more at your presentation!
  • in general, try to avoid I and we (instead, “the study tested…” “the short story illustrates…” etc.)
  • get feedback on your abstract before you submit your proposal – both from your faculty supervisor, and from someone outside of your discipline.

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A few examples that were accepted for last year’s conference:

1. This Isn’t Home: Reshaping Neekanan (Our Home)

Lucier Laboucan, Kateri

This research project analyzes the current housing crisis found on reserves in Northern Canada using the Fox Lake Indian Reserve as a case study. Poor, decrepit, substandard and overcrowded housing conditions on Canada’s First Nations reserves continue to be a growing social concern, impacting the well-being of First Nations People across Canada. This crisis is often highlighted in the media, in which the conditions are comparable to those in developing countries. The deplorable conditions described may seem unbelievable, however, through the findings in this research, the reality facing First Nations People living on Canada’s Indian Reserves is revealed in the words of community members living on the Fox Lake Indian Reserve. Through a series of interviews with community members, key themes emerged that offer valuable insight into how a revised house design, that better reflects a Peoples’ way of life, can contribute to improved living conditions. The conclusions drawn from the research demonstrate the importance of understanding a Peoples’ culture and letting this understanding guide further practice.

2. Determination and Quantification of Taurine in Energy Drinks through Capillary Electrophoresis

Milne, Tallon

A procedure using capillary electrophoresis (CE) with UV absorption detection was developed to determine taurine concentrations in Red Bull, Monster, and Rockstar energy drinks. The popularity of energy drinks containing taurine has been on a steady rise, since this ingredient is described as an energy booster, and has been linked to increased athletic performance. Taurine is a non-essential, sulphur containing amino acid that is present at high concentrations in humans. It is not incorporated into proteins and is the most abundant free amino acid in the heart, brain, and retina, as well as in skeletal muscle and leukocytes. The goal of this research is to establish optimal CE conditions for taurine detection and the determination of taurine concentrations in three different brands of energy drinks.  The current literature describes taurine detection using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), a technique that lacks precision, requires a greater amount of sample for analysis, and is not as cost effective. By comparison, CE is a much more efficient detection and quantification method.  In future, this research could lead to analysis of taurine metabolism in biological systems, to examine the potential of this molecule as a possible biomarker for disease.

Now Available: Conference Application Form

The Application Form for the 2015 Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference is now available. You have until February 2, 2015 to submit an application.

Before doing so, we recommend that you:

– consider whether you want to give a 15 minute talk, present a poster, or both
– think about a title that it both catchy and that describes your presentation
– write your ABSTRACT in Word; get an edited final version ready, and then just cut and paste it into the form
– discuss your presentation and get input on your abstract from a faculty supervisor who is willing to assist you with preparing for the conference

You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted or not by Friday February 13th.

Dates Announced: TRU Undergraduate Conference, March 27-28, 2015

Hi Everyone,

This year’s Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference will take place March 27-28, 2015.  This is a great time to start thinking about presenting your work from your Fall Semester courses.  Look for a Call for Proposals later in November, on our website (http://ugc.sites.tru.ca/) and promoted around campus.

The deadline for proposals will be midnight Monday February 2, 2015.  All students who submit a proposal will be notified whether it’s been accepted by Friday February 13, 2015 (so that they can start preparing over Reading Week).

We welcome proposals from all programs, departments, and areas of study at TRU.  To be considered, proposals must come from current TRU undergraduate students, and students must have a faculty supervisor willing to sign off and agree to help them prepare – so start talking with instructors now if there is work you’re thinking about sharing.

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