ANU 2019 Student Research Conference

The ANU Student Research Conference is an opportunity for ANU coursework (undergraduate and postgraduate), Honours and Masters (Advanced) students to present their research at this one-day conference on Saturday, 21st September. 

We welcome abstracts from students who have completed exceptional research (high distinction, 80+), and conducted this research for an undergraduate or postgraduate course within the past 12 months, a summer scholarship or internship program, or an Honours or Masters (Advanced) thesis. In particular, we are seeking students who have had to design their own research question, carry out their own investigations to find the answer to an important problem or issue, and effectively communicated their findings. Students who submitted their thesis in October 2018 or more recently, or are about to submit their thesis in October 2019, are eligible to apply.

The conference committee encourages submissions of papers that fit this year's theme: 'Crossing boundaries through research.' We are seeking to showcase research that challenges existing disciplinary boundaries, or contributes to interdisciplinary, cross-institutional research, or comparative studies. We also welcome research that has important theoretical, methodological, policy and/or other practical implications for diverse stakeholders.

Abstract submissions will close on Monday 29 July 2019 at 5pm.

Presentation Formats

Students can nominate to deliver their presentations in the following formats:

  • 10-minute presentation plus 5 minutes Q&A
  • 15-minute Honours or Masters (Advanced) thesis presentation plus 5 minutes Q&A
  • 5-minute PechaKucha plus 5 minutes Q&A
  • Poster (10-minute presentation plus Q&A during lunch time)

Abstract Guidelines

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. All abstracts must have a title, indicate a theme, and provide:

  • A clear statement of the research question, problem, or issue being investigated
  • Relevant background information needed to understand the importance of the research question or aim
  • A clear statement of research methodology
  • A summary of your key findings and an indication of the findings' significance

Please ensure that your abstract is written clearly and concisely, and in a way that would be understandable to a cross-disciplinary audience.

Abstract Writing workshop

The SRC Program Committee highly recommends that students intending on submitting their abstracts attend a 1-hour abstract writing workshop facilitated by ANU Academic Skills on Monday 22 July at 12noon. Register here

Successful Abstracts

Students will be notified of the outcome of their abstract submission at the beginning of August. Successful abstracts may still require revision, and it is only when the revisions are completed and accepted, that a student's place at the conference is confirmed.

Students who are confirmed to present at the conference are required to attend one of the following workshops facilitated by Academic Skills:

  • Developing and delivering presentations and PechaKuchas, Monday 19th August 2019,12-2pm
  • Developing effective posters, Monday 26th August 2019, 12-1pm

Prizes and Awards

All student presenters will be recognised with a certificate and conference T-shirt. Presenters are also eligible for a range of prizes, each of which has different conditions for eligibility. These include:

  1. Judging awards, chosen by the Judging panel during the conference. The winner of each type of presentation will be awarded a cash prize of $500 plus sponsorship to attend the Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research on 2-3 October 2019 at the University of Newcastle. Winners are given support towards travel and conference registration. Eligibility is set by the ACUR conference. Runners up in each type of presentation will receive a cash prize of $300.
  2. Conference audience choice awards, chosen by audience vote during the conference.
  3. Invitation to submit a manuscript to volume 10 of the ANU Undergraduate Research Journal.

Attending the conference

How to register to attend?

Registration will be free and open to all students, staff and the wider community. Invite your family and friends to hear you present your research! 

Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Like the Facebook conference page to stay up to date.