The SURE (Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence) conference is returning for its 5th year, taking place on the 18th March 2020.
You can encourage your dissertation students and/or students whose work you have marked already to submit a 250 words abstract to the SURE conference with the deadline of 20th January. Work can be from individuals or groups (including alumni students) but must be undergraduate. Further information can be found here .
This also provides a great opportunity for the students to be considered for the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) which enables the students to showcase their research inside parliament at annual Posters in Parliament event. Further details can be found here .
On 25-26 Apr 2017, BU will be hosting the highly valued and increasingly popular BCUR (http://www.bcur.org/). Almost 400 UG students from across the country attended BCUR 2016 at Manchester Metropolitan University. Hosting BCUR will be hard work, but also a great opportunity to promote BU’s excellent facilities and postgraduate opportunities. Undergraduates of all levels are invited to submit an abstract to BCUR, abstracts are peer-reviewed and works accepted can be presented in a variety of formats (oral presentations, posters, art displays, workshops and performances).
Prof Gail Thomas (Head of CEL), Dr Luciana Esteves (SciTech) and Dr Mary Beth Gouthro (Faculty of Management) are co-chairing BCUR 2017 and are currently setting up the organising committee. If you are interested in helping organising the event, please contact one of the chairs. Representatives from all Faculties, SUBU and central services are welcome.
You can also help by stimulating your students to submit their abstracts to BCUR – your incentive is the most important factor influencing students’ decisions in taking part of extra-curricular activities. Submissions are likely to be open between Oct-Dec – so watch this space!
BU’s application to host BCUR was one of the successful outcomes of the Fusion-funded SURE project (Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence). The project has delivered two SURE conferences (March 2015 and 2016), an extra-curricular opportunity open to all BU UG students (across all levels and programmes). You can find a brief summary of the two conferences in this CEL blog.
BU students taking part in the SURE conferences not only gain valuable transferable skills and experience, they can win fantastic awards and prizes (see below) and be selected to present their work in the Posters in Parliament event. You can read about this year’s BU research showcased in Parliament here.
SURE Conference award winners:
Research Excellence (MSc or MRes fee waiver): Jozef Kulik, Psychology (2015); Rosie Lumley, Nutrition (2016)
Best oral presentation (funds to present at an external conference): Ben Hayes, Physiotherapy (2015); Charlotte Fodor, English (2016)
Best poster (iPad): Emma Packer, Biological Sciences (2015); Christopher Dwen, Forensic Science (2016)
Competition open to all BU undergraduate students and recent graduates
Research skills are central part of all undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and are also a key skill in most career paths. On March 4th 2015, Bournemouth University will be hosting a conference to showcase the best examples of research work from BU’s current undergraduates and recent graduates. As well as having the opportunity to present their research and develop new skills for their CVs, students will also have the chance to win prizes such as a fully funded MSc or MRes at BU, a paid placement and vouchers.
Students and recent graduates are now being invited to submit their applications by the deadline of 20th January. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, and could describe a broad range of research activities, such as a dissertation, essay, work for a placement, volunteering or even research undertaken for a student society. The main criteria is that students are able to demonstrate their own critical thinking. All BU undergraduates – from all courses and faculties – as well as recent graduates are eligible to apply.
To submit your 300 word abstract, register here.
Terms and conditions for the competition can be viewed here.