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2015 TRU Undergraduate Conference Schedule and Program

Hi Everyone,

Here is the official schedule for the 2015 conference:

Official Program and Conference Schedule

The abstracts for the poster and conference presenters are available here:

Poster and Conference Presentation Abstracts

Looking forward to another great conference!

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 as soon as possible.
If you have questions about the conference, please contact

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?


  • 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.


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 ( 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.

Just Released: Proceedings of 2013 TRU Undergraduate Conference

As it was announced tonight at the opening party for the conference, the 2013 Proceedings have now been made available online.

Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone who made this possible.  See the link below:

2013 Undergraduate Research Conference Proceedings



2014 TRU Undergraduate Conference Schedule and Program

Hi Everyone,

Here is the official schedule as well as the list of presenters and abstracts for the conference this Saturday.

2014 Program:

Undergraduate Conference Program

For those looking for the abstracts for the poster and/or conference presenters, see the links below:

2014 Undergraduate Conference Poster Abstracts

2014 TRU Undergraduate Conference Abstracts

Looking forward to another great conference!


Preparing Poster Presentations


Attention Presenters!

 Here is some useful information from the Conference Committee about creating as well as printing posters as part of your presentation.



Maximum poster size is 36” x 48” (either vertical or horizontal is okay).



 You can find poster templates online – basically creating one very large PowerPoint slide. Google “Powerpoint academic poster templates,” or try specific sites such as:





 This is just one OPTION, though; students can certainly be creative and come up with their own ways to share their research, beyond templates!

There are also some good websites with academic poster design suggestions, such as:

 When creating posters be sure to think about font size and visual elements.  People should be able to read your poster from a few feet away, and without squinting. As well, posters are a visual medium, so think about how to share your information visually (charts, diagrams, photos etc.)



 Finally, when it comes time to get your posters printed, the campus Print Shop cannot handle large documents such as academic posters, so here are a few other options. Please note that the price quotes are from 2012, not this year, so expect them to have gone up a bit:

            1.      Menzies quoted $39.36 + tax for a 40″ x 40″ poster on gloss photo paper (larger than our maximum size!!) and said they would require 48 hours lead time for the job.

            2.     Universal Reproductions can usually provide same day service, and charges $1.50 per square foot, standard paper stock

            3.      Noran Printing can print up to 54″ wide on bond paper, and up to 36″ wide on satin photo paper for more vibrant colours. They didn’t indicate how much lead time is required, but their prices drop as your number of print jobs increases, so  students might want to get together for this: 40″ x 40″ (again, too big, but just for an idea…) on bond paper = $55.36 for 1 poster, $82.05 for 2, and $120.34 for 4 35″ x 35″ on satin photo paper = $50 for 1 poster, $83.86 for 2, and $123.96 for 4.

          4.       John Jacques,, 250-828-7165 (recommended by a few Science faculty)

            5.      Ask your faculty supervisor who they might suggest!

 The quality of printing is entirely up to you. There is no need to spend a huge amount of money on a glossy poster; you can if you wish to, but it is absolutely not necessary. It’s the CONTENT of your posters that’s important, not the thickness of the paper!  We will be providing cardboard backings and clips to hang all posters, which means they’ll all lay flat and hang properly, regardless of your paper stock choices.

 If you have any other questions, feel free to contact a Committee Member.

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