ANU 2017 Student Research Conference

What is it?

The Student Research Conference at the Australian National University (ANU) is a unique student-led conference that showcases the research activities, leadership experience and innovative ideas of current Undergraduate, Honours and Masters by coursework ANU students from all disciplines. 

The one-day conference will include oral and poster presentations and the Honours 3-Minute Thesis format Competition, and will be held on the 7th October 2017 on campus. 

**Cash Prizes for up to $1000 will be on offer for the best presentation and audience favourite in each three categories**

Applying to present at the conference

Applications can be submitted by all undergraduate students including those completing Honours.  Coursework postgraduate students are also eligible.  Abstracts should be based on exceptional research (distinction equivalent or above, 70+).  Such research may have been done for a course, as part of a summer scholarship or internship program. 

Applicants must be available to attend and present on the 7th October 2017.

How to apply?

Interested students are encouraged to submit their abstracts using this form by email to before the deadline 8th September 2017 with the subject: (2017 SRC Abstract Submission). Students may submit up to two abstracts to be considered by the program curation committee. 

Presentation formats

Typical oral presentation in the academic research program includes a 10-15 minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes of questions. Authors selected for poster presentations must prepare an A0 size poster presenting their research question, process and outcomes. The conference committee has secured funds to assist students to print their posters. More information will be provided to authors invited to prepare a poster presentation. Competitors taking up the Honours 3MT challenge will have 3 minutes and a single powerpoint slide to talk about their research and why it is important in plain language.

How to register to attend?

Registration is free and open to all students, staff and the wider community. Invite your family and friends to hear you present your research!  Registrations to attend the conference are open and close on 2nd October 2017.

Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Like the Facebook conference page to stay up to date.

Some highlights from 2016's conference program

Plenary speakers

Professor Joseph Hope

"Lectures where you broadcast information or work collectively are an inefficient way to use everyone's time".

Joe Hope is an ARC Future Fellow in the Research School of Physics and Engineering. His research focuses on quantum theory and investigates atom lasers, quantum memories and atom-light entanglement - prompting speculation on strategies for teleportation. He also has a strong interest in teaching, transforming conventional lectures into workshops 'where we can play with ideas'

Dr Jill Sheppard

"I like breaking conventional wisdom. I like questioning things like when people say young people don't care."

Jill Sheppard is a political scientist and survey researcher at the ANU Centre for Applied Social Research and Methods and the School of Politics and International Relations. Her research focuses on Australian government and politics, including political behaviour, internet politics and e-participation. A leading political commentator, Jill Sheppard also explores issues such as national identity through ANUpoll, a quarterly survey of Australian public opinion.

Student Presentations

Using both oral and poster formats, almost sixty student presented.  It was an opportunity for them to discuss their research from across the university, including every academic college, internships, and summer research scholarships, Vice-Chancellor's courses, the Vice-Chancellor's Student Leadership Program, residential leadership positions and experiences on exchange International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).  Undergraduate, Honours and postgraduate coursework students were represented in the conference program.

Interested in helping to organise the ANU 2017 Student Research Conference?

There are several volunteer opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students to help organise and facilitate the conference.  If you are an ANU+ participant this opportunity can count towards one of the 4 required activities.

Submissions of expressions of interest in places on conference organising committees open on Friday 4 August and close at 11.59pm on Thursday the 17th August.  Applicants will be notified of the result of their application by 23 August. Expression of Interest form can be found here.

The SRC is organised by two committees of undergraduate and postgraduate students, support by the ANU Student Experience and Career Development.  There are two committees:

Executive Committee: organise the conference logistics, budget, catering, prizes, communications, SEEF application supporting some conference costs such as prizes, catering, printing research posters, liaise with other areas of the university as needed, and act as chairs for conference sessions.

Program Committee: review and select abstracts, curate conference program, produce printed conference program for the executive committee, identify and liaise with plenary speakers, and act as chairs for conference sessions.

Enquiries and completed EOI: by 11.59pm Thursday 17th of August 2017.