Abstract Submission- BCUR 2014
The British Conference of Undergraduate Research will bring together undergraduate students from across the UK and beyond to share their research through poster presentations, spoken papers, and creative outputs such as exhibitions, performances and film. This is an opportunity to present dissertations, intern projects and any other original research which you have developed through the course of your studies. We welcome submissions from all disciplines.
All undergraduate students are welcome to submit abstracts. We also welcome participation from recently graduated students provided that your research was conducted when you were an undergraduate.
Your submission should have a concise title and your abstract should be no more than 150 words long. It should summarise your work in a way that will be accessible to a broad audience. Your presentation is likely to take place in a session with a variety of topics, so avoid jargon and abbreviations and make it understandable to people who know nothing about your field. A link to some example abstracts can be found on the main BCUR web page.
To assist the abstract assessors, please include a list of three references to recent research in your field relevant to your project.
How to Submit an Abstract
You can submit an abstract by downloading this document and emailing it to BCUR@nottingham.ac.uk The deadline for submission of abstracts extended to Friday, 3 January!
Posters will display your key research findings and describe the methodology you used to arrive at them. Time will be allocated at the conference for you to present your poster along with other students where you will be expected to stand by your poster and answer questions from other delegates. Posters are very common in the sciences and social sciences, but they are an equally valuable way of presenting arts and humanities research especially if you are nervous about giving public presentations. Posters should be A1 size (594mm x 841mm) and you (or your college/university) will be responsible for printing the posters. The conference will provide poster boards and Velcro mounting materials.
We welcome proposals for papers that last 10 minutes. We will be adhering strictly to these times so make sure you practice your presentation before you come. PowerPoint and an internet connection will be available for all presenters. Please specify on the submission form if you require any other facilities for your presentation.
Exhibitions, Performances and Film
We welcome proposals in the form of exhibitions, performances and film. Please note any specific requirements for your submission on the application form.
All undergraduates are eligible to submit proposals and we welcome projects that have arisen from dissertations, course work, group projects, summer internships or independent research. We take a broad view of what "research" means, including all enquiry-based work and creative projects. You are also welcome to submit work that you have developed with a member of staff. If you are unsure whether your work would be suitable, please contact us by email.
Staff Call for Papers
We are also calling for papers from academic staff on topicswhich will be of interest to staff and students attending the conference. The theme of 'Inspiring Student Research' is a good starting point but suggestions for other relavant topics will be welcome. Case studies and collaborative staff/student presentations will also be considered. Staff wishing to submit an abstract should submit by downloading this document and emailing it to BCUR@nottingham.ac.uk.
All abstracts which meet the conference criteria will be accepted - numbers permitting. Abstracts will be assessed against the following criteria:
1. The project is a research project undertaken at undergraduate level which makes an interesting contribution to the field
2. There is a clear methodology which has been appropriately used
3. References show an understanding of recent developments in the field
4. The abstract is accessible to specialist and non-specialist audiences
We will let you know if your abstract has been accepted by 31st January 2014.