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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.

Conference Schedule

We have been getting some questions about the schedule of this year’s conference.

Currently, the conference is organized as follows:

Friday March 28:
· 8:00 – 11:30 am: Registration and poster set-up in Student Street (Old Main)
· 12:00 – 5:00 pm: Posters and visual exhibits in Student Street
· 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Reception in Culinary Arts
· 7:30 – 10:00 pm: Dessert Theatre in the Black Box Theatre and Art Gallery (Old Main)


Saturday March 29 (International Building):
· 8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration and continental breakfast in the Atrium
· 9:00 – 9:20 am: Opening Remarks
· 9:30 – 10:30 am: Concurrent Sessions A
· 10:30 – 11:00 am: Morning Coffee Break
· 11:00 – 12:00 noon: Concurrent Sessions B

· 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch and Class Poster Projects in the Panorama Room

· 1:15 – 2:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions C
· 2:30 – 3:30 pm: Concurrent Sessions D
· 3:30 – 4:00 pm: Afternoon Refreshment Break
· 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions E
· 5:00 – 6:30 pm: Closing Wine & Cheese in the Panorama Room


Application Deadline Extended to Fri. February 7

This should come as good news to most, the TRU Undergraduate Conference Committee has decided to extend the application deadline by one week to Friday, February 7, 2014. 

Note: The application form is available on the left side of the page.

Good luck everyone!




“What is the TRU Undergraduate Conference?”

Still have questions about the TRU undergraduate conference?  This slideshow should answer some of your concerns…

What is the TRU Undergraduate Conference?

Keep working on those proposals!









Application Form Now Available Online! Deadline: Jan. 31

Happy New Year Everyone!

If there is one New Year’s Resolution worth making it’s Sharing Your Research.  What better place to make that happen then by participating in the  9th annual TRU Undergraduate Student Research & Innovation Conference! 

The Conference is scheduled to take place March 28-29, 2014 and will host a variety of scholarship and presentations from innovative student researchers from all areas of study here at TRU.

The Application Form is now available on this website (see the links on the left)
Students have until January 31, 2014 to apply.
**Please note that all applications require a faculty signature of support.
Looking forward to another great conference!




Dates Confirmed for 9th Annual Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference!

Good news TRU students!

The dates for the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference have been confirmed for Friday Mar. 28 and Saturday Mar. 29 at TRU!

This is your opportunity to take part in a two-day conference showcasing TRU’s most innovative student researchers across all disciplines.

Got a research topic you would love to present for your peers? Want to get involved?

Easy. All students need to do is submit an application form due by the end of day January 31, 2014. (Application form coming Mid-November).  Students will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted no later than Friday, February 14th to ensure sufficient time for preparing their presentations, posters, etc. over Reading Week.

This is a great opportunity to share your work with others and learn about what your peers are working on in other disciplines.  Plus, it’s a great resume booster!

Be sure to watch this space for more developments.








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