Posted on: November 17, 2014 by: Helen Hewertson
The International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is an annual event that is unique in concept and design. It first emerged as an idea through the team working on the Reinvention Journal at Monash University and the University of Warwick. Funded and facilitated by the Monash-Warwick Alliance, the team sought to design a multi-disciplinary programme that would internationalise the student experience and provide a supported yet realistic experience for undergraduates in presenting their academic research.
The result was ICUR: a forum for undergraduate researchers that employs the latest in High Definition video-conferencing technology and social media to connect students across the world to a single 24-hour conference.
ICUR was held on 22-23 September 2014 and connected students in Australia, North America, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK. The conference was a lively and academically exciting event which ran for almost a full 24 hours across the globe. Around 150 people (mostly undergraduate students) were involved at University of Warwick alone and feedback so far shows that experience has had a positive impact on the way the students see themselves as an academic researcher.
Participating undergraduate researchers came from Monash University (both in Melbourne, Australia and in Malaysia), the University of Warwick, the University of Western Australia, Singapore Management University, Nanyang Technological University, Baruch College at the City University of New York, and the University of Washington. The conference attracted students from diverse academic disciplines who were given an insight into academia as a career path as well as an international conference experience without leaving home.