Undergraduate Research Conference
The Undergraduate Research Conference offers an exciting opportunity for students and recent graduates to showcase research completed as part of their undergraduate coursework, a summer or other research internship, a research-based degree program, or voluntary work.
In its 6th year, the conference provides an excellent platform for budding researchers to:
- demonstrate their communication skills,
- enhance their work readiness,
- meet students from other disciplines,
- learn how other disciplines approach research problems,
- assist in raising the institutional and national profile of undergraduate research and promoting it's value.
This year the URC will be a fully online conference to give students experience in presenting in this mode in preparation for possible participation in the fully online national conference if they are selected to represent the University.
Our 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference was delivered as three concurrent webinars, audiences were able to login to the conference and view the presentations.
In line with the virtual conference, a virtual poster option was offered to students in 2021.
Staff, students and the general public were invited to view the posters and leave comments and questions for students to address prior to the conference.
Students were judged on the content of their posters and also on how they respond to any comments or questions posed.
About the students
Whether students are first time presenter or experienced undergraduate researchers, all are provided an opportunity to participate in this uplifting event.
Undergraduate research is not just about completing an Honours program. There could be a variety of ways students have completed research as part of their Bachelors, including:
- Completed a research based assignment as part of their course
- Undertook a research project in their degree
- Completed research during an internship or voluntary work
- Conducted research as part of a summer research scholarship
Sophie completed a Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) with a major in chemistry followed by Honours at the University of Adelaide in 2019, with a focus on methods for detecting chemical pollution in fish species.
During her Honours year, she developed skills in analytical chemistry and her intrigue into the link between plastic and chemical pollution in the marine environment grew. This led to the decision to continue research through a PhD project supervised by Prof. Bronwyn Gillanders and Dr Mike Williams (CSIRO).