ANU 2018 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 two-day conference will include guest speakers, oral and poster presentations, and the Honours 3-Minute Thesis Competition, and will be held on the 19th & 20th of July 2018 on campus. 

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

Applying to present at the conference

We are seeking papers from candidates who are current students of ANU and enrolled in one of the following programs:

  • an undergraduate degree
  • an honours degree
  • a Master's degree by course-work  

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 19th and 20th of July.

How to apply?

Interested students are encouraged to submit their abstracts using this form by email to before the deadline 30th April 2018 with the subject: (2018 SRC Abstract Submission). Students may submit up to two abstracts to be considered by the program curation committee. 

Presentation formats

All students are invited to give presentations according to the following formats:

  • Oral presentation: 10-15 minute presentation, with 5 minutes of questions.
  • PechaKucha: Maximum of 5 slides in a 5-minute presentation, with 5 minutes of questions.
  • Poster presentation: A0 size paper with research questions, process and outcomes. Funds are available to assist students with printing. 
  • Three Minute Thesis (Honours only): 3-minute presentation, just 1 slide. 

Coaching and feedback

Coaching will be available to help you plan and prepare your presentation. If you want content-based feedback on your abstract, please contact Academic Skills & Learning. There will be an academic skills session on writing abstracts, developing and delivering presentations, and designing effective posters (see below).

Paper guidelines/important dates

  1. Abstract Length: 250 words
  2. Abstract submission deadline: Mon 30 April, 12 noon
  3. Academic Skills session on writing abstracts: Mon 16 April, 12 Noon
  4. Academic Skills session on presentations: Wed 2 May, 12 Noon
  5. Academic Skills session on posters: Thurs 3 May, 12 Noon
  6. Conference: Thurs 19 & Fri 20 July, 9am-5pm

You can either use the ANU PowerPoint template for your slides or you may like to design your own.

All abstract submissions must be sent to: Academic Skills at

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.

Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Like the Facebook conference page to stay up to date.

Some highlights from previous conference programs

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 2018 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 9 March and close at 11.59pm on Saturday the 25th of March.  Applicants will be notified of the result of their application by 7 April 2018. Expression of Interest form can be found here and the Position Description 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 25th of March 2018.