ANU Student Research Conference

Access the 2022 Conference Program here and event page here.

About the Conference

 
The ANU Student Research Conference (SRC) is the Australian National University's undergraduate, honours and Masters by coursework conference. SRC is an annual event and is a proudly multidisciplinary conference open to students from all academic disciplines. Recently, SRC has expanded into a three-day format due to unprecedented student interest and involvement. Each year, a range of prizes across all presentation categories are awarded which recognise the achievements of students at the conference. Alongside a full program of student presentations, the conference typically includes a range of keynote speeches, panel events and workshops to support students to learn about future research opportunities, increase their disciplinary knowledge, connect with new disciplines and network with academic staff and fellow students.
 

Students at all stages of their undergraduate, honours or Masters by coursework degree are invited to apply to present at the conference by submitting an abstract. In addition to a supportive application pathway, SRC provides students with a platform to present research completed as part of their coursework at University, alongside development opportunities to build the skills to successfully communicate their research to a multidisciplinary audience with impact. In previous years, development opportunities have included pre-conference information sessions, abstract writing workshops and presentation skills workshops.

Student Development Opportunities

The ANU Student Research Conference organising staff centralise the voice of students in design, delivery and improvement of the conference and facilitate a number of opportunities for student development:

Co-Design Committee

2022 ANU Student Research Conference Ambassadors

SRC Ambassadors are student volunteers who receive comprehensive training and support to empower prospective and confirmed student presenters and committee members. Ambassadors are also instrumental in promoting the benefits of the SRC program through the prism of their experience in the SRC program.

Applications for 2022 Ambassadors have now closed. You can view the 2022 Position Description (PD) under 'Reference Documents' on this page.

Yimeng Cheng

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My name is Yimeng Cheng, a final-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) student at the ANU. As one of the Ambassadors for the Student Research Conference (SRC), my role is to share my experience with presenting at ACUR@ANU (an international undergraduate research conference hosted by ANU in 2021) and specifically to share general tips and advice based on my experience. As an international student myself, I am keen to help those from different cultural backgrounds find their passion in research.
Currently, I am investigating topics in judgement and decision-making domain. However, during the last few years of my undergraduate studies I have been involved in various research projects in social and clinical psychology.

Keira Mullan

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My name is Keira Mullan (they/she) and I’m a currently completing my Honours year in a Bachelor of Arts majoring in linguistics. Research is something I’m very passionate about, my interests involve language documentation and typology. Presenting my research on nominal gender and number in Kufo at ACUR@ANU 2021 was a fantastic opportunity for me to develop my skills in communicating research and hear about all the fantastic undergraduate research being done across Australia and abroad. I’m excited to be able to represent SRC as a student ambassador this year and help to guide and encourage other undergraduate and Masters by coursework students to share and get involved in research.

 

Sophia Ridolfo

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My name is Sophia Ridolfo, a final-year Bachelor of Science (Adv) (Hons) student majoring in astronomy and astrophysics at ANU. I’m very passionate about research, and at an undergraduate level it is a particularly special opportunity to explore something you find interesting and contribute to your field. Currently I am a research assistant in astronomy and astrophysics, and gender diversity modelling at ANU. Presenting my research on star-forming regions in local galaxies at the ANU Student Research Conference in 2020 and ACUR@ANU 2021 was a fantastic opportunity for me to develop my skills further in communicating my research. I also had the privilege of sharing my experiences in undergraduate research with my supervisor in a keynote address at ACUR@ANU 2021. As a SRC Ambassador, I am excited to continue sharing my experiences in undergraduate research and encouraging students to get involved and share their research at the ANU Student Research Conference this year!

Co-Design Committee

The SRC Co-Design Committee is a voluntary professional and personal development opportunity in which students are supported by staff to develop a conference experience designed by students, for students. The result is a research conference which reflects the perspectives, input and creativity of students in its fundamental design and execution. Between April and October, Committee members receive comprehensive training and support to participate in a collaborative process based on design thinking in order to design a ‘solution’ for the Conference. In previous years, students have developed solutions such as interdisciplinary panel events, keynote speeches, social media campaigns and more. Students approach this process from within one of the following roles: program designer, social media designer or graphic designer.

Applications for the  2022 Co-Design Committee have now closed. You can view the 2022 Position Description (PD) and information booklet under 'Reference Documents' on this page. 

Annabelle Tan

I am Annabelle Tan, a member of the Program Design team and a current undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor in Science, with aspirations to become a future litigator. I deeply enjoy being actively involved in opportunities to expand my worldview through integrating with peers of a similar future-oriented mindset with a collective interest in empowering ourselves, our communities and advancing the world we live in. When I am not involved in avid informal research into academic papers I can be found hiking, running, practising the cello or at weekend brunch with my nose buried in a good book. I sincerely express my gratitude for the opportunity to collaborate with such a dynamic and devoted team in contributing innovative ideas and experiences toward the ANU Student Research Conference 2022 Co-Design Committee.

Anneysha Sarkar

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Anneysha Sarkar is a Program Designer on the 2022 ANU Student Research Conference Co-Design Committee.

Wei Lerr Wong

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Hi, I am Lerr from Malaysia! I am currently in my second year studying the Bachelor of Applied Data Analytics at the ANU. This year, I joined ANU SRC Co-Design Committee as part of the graphic designer team to develop a visual solution for the conference. As a graphic designer, inquisitive and creative are my adjectives. I enjoy the process of exploring, creating and innovating ideas. What really drives me is design always starts with a blank in the beginning. And I am free to create anything I want from there, like ANYTHING! In the past years, I have joined relevant roles such as the design director and the editor of the graduation yearbook for more than 500 graduates, and I look forward to my journey with SRC! Finally, I see myself furthering my design skills and improving my self-confidence in 27 weeks from SRC!

Linda Harvey

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My name is Linda Harvey. I'm currently completing my Honours year in Psychology at the ANU, conducting research on young people's experiences of climate anxiety. Besides working with the SRC on the graphic design team, I am currently on the executive team of the ANU Psychology Society as a Media Officer, creating graphics for our events as well as designing our merch. I am passionate about art and am looking forward to engaging in this creative endeavour. I am very excited to have the opportunity to build my design skills while working with this wonderful team.

Maxine Wu

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Hello! My name is Maxine, and I am currently a first year undergraduate student who is studying a Bachelor of Philosophy (Science), majoring in chemistry and psychology. As an avid first-year student with many interests, I am currently invested in a variety of societies, from sports like rowing and Quidditch, to organisations such as Effective Altruism and the FOCUS group on campus. As an undergraduate student who plans to pursue research throughout my degree, I am very passionate about the value research has for the individual as a means that can broaden one’s educational experience, as well as its impact within greater society. Within the SRC Committee, I am working as a Social Media designer, which is role that strongly aligns with my previous experience as someone who has creative interests in graphics and film. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to be working in a diverse team that is unified by the goal of designing a conference experience by students, for students. 

Natasha Tareen

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Hello! My name is Natasha Tareen, and I’m a third year Business Administration student at ANU, with a minor in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies. I have been involved in designing graphics as Marketing Officer for the ANU Middle Eastern Studies Association, as well as editorial pieces for Woroni, and I am now fortunate enough to be a part of the Student Research Conference team as a graphic designer! Getting the opportunity to work with a team to produce the most optimal solution for the conference deeply aligns with the passion I have for continuing to create, alongside others with incredibly valuable insight. Outside of ANU, I love to paint, as well as building nanoblocks and aquariums.

Rebecca Haller-Trost

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Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca, and I am currently completing my double degree in Commerce/Arts! Beyond studying, I am currently on the executive committees for two ANU societies and I am undertaking two internships. I am also in the process of securing an undergraduate research internship with the ANU and I am very excited to work under prestigious academics and professionals! I enjoy creative outlets such as graphic design, creating short films and writing music on my piano. As I am passionate about learning, it gives me great pleasure to have the opportunity to collaborate with this amazing team to develop and implement solutions that will engage and educate undergraduates about the importance of research!

Shambhav Gupta

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Shambhav Gupta is a Program Designer on the 2022 ANU Student Research Conference Co-Design Committee.

Shashank CG

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Hi! My name is Shashank (Shash). Currently in the first year of the Master of Business Information Systems program at the ANU. My deep appreciation for research and willingness to help other students in understanding the importance of research inspired me to be a part of SRC. I'm delighted to contribute as a graphic design team member and collaborate with such a creative and diverse team, which will help me hone my design skills as well. I aspire to venture into product management after my graduation. In my free time I read about psychology, I run and enjoy motorcycling a lot. 

Srishti

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Srishti is an Events Designer on the 2022 ANU Student Research Conference Co-Design Committee.

Tina Gopalan

Hey there, I am Tina Gopalan from Malaysia currently completing an honours in biology. I'm working on greater gliders and hoping to make a positive impact in conserving them! I am a strong believer that no matter how small your work is towards a common goal, it is still as valuable as the goal itself. I enjoy playing futsal, board games & much more. I feel that research provides us with a plethora of knowledge and wisdom to learn from. I aspire to delve into it as well as collaborate with peers to make the world a better place one step at a time no matter how small my contribution may be. In terms of the SRC, I am part of the program designer team and I hope that the conference ignites meaningful conversations and inspires us all! 

Previous conferences

More Information

2021

The ANU Student Research Conference team hosted the Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Conference (ACUR@ANU 2021). This conference welcomed 143 student presenters from around the world over three days. The Conference attracted sponsorship from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the John Curtin School of Medicine and the ANU Gender Institute, and provided ANU undergraduate and honours students with an unparalleled opportunity to present, network and gain recognition for their research on an international stage. In partnership with ACUR and our sponsors and supporters, the ANU Student Research Conference team delivered the largest ever ACUR conference and the first ever online ACUR conference.

More information about ACUR@ANU can be found at anu.edu.au/students/student-life/celebrating-undergraduate-research-at-acuranu

2020

In 2020, the Conference was held online for the first time, and saw more than 70 ANU students presenting their research across the three-day program. Student presentations ran throughout the three days, and included research on international relations, quantum computing, COVID-19, art history and more. 

In 2020, the ANU Student Research Conference also hosted a wide range of events which were open to all members of the ANU community.

  • Wednesday 16th September 2020:
    • Keynote address- Lucy Kirk and Professor Imogen Mitchell: 'Young Voices, Big Impact' (9am AEST)
    • Women in Academia Panel (11am AEST)
    • Tips and Tricks for PhD Success panel (1pm AEST)
    • How to Turn Your Social Science Passion into a Career panel (4pm AEST)
  • Thursday 17th September 2020:
    • Keynote address- Lachlan Deimel: 'A guide to vaccines in the COVID-19 era' (9.30am AEST)
    • Tips and Tricks for Honours Success panel (12pm AEST)
    • Beginner's R (free statistical software program) workshop (2.30pm AEST)
  • Friday 18th September 2020:
    • COVID-19 Research in the Time of a Pandemic panel (11am AEST)
    • Preparing, Publishing, Published! How to Get Your Name on the Page panel (2pm)
    • Closing Ceremony and Presentation of Awards (3pm AEST)

You can access the 2020 ANU Student Research Conference program here.

 

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