Undergraduate Research Conference Information for Students

The following information was provided for the 2021 event and will be updated in early 2022, for the event scheduled in that year.

Should you have any questions about this or future events please contact us.

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  • Eligibility

    Abstract submission is open to all undergraduate students and recent graduates including Honours students (within 12 months of Graduation at Bachelor’s level) to present research conducted during undergraduate studies including extra-curricular research.

    In line with the eligibility criteria for the national Australian Conference of Undergraduate Research in 2021 the eligibility criteria have been relaxed to permit students who completed research in 2019 and 2020 to submit to recognise the disruption to the event caused by the pandemic in 2020.

    However, where the student has graduated from the Bachelor’s or Bachelor’s Honours degree, they must still be a current student at the University of Adelaide to be eligible to apply for the URC.

    Please contact us if you are unsure about your eligibility to submit.

  • Expressions of Interest

    2021 expressions of interest have now closed.

  • Abstract Writing Workshops

    Writing an abstract for a generalist conference like the URC can be tricky, so we ask all successful students to attend a workshop where you will be coached in the abstract writing process.

    Please ensure you are able to attend one of the two Abstract Writing Workshops, as this is a requirement.  If you are studying remotely or are unable to attend the workshops please make a note of this on your form.

    When completing the EOI you will need to indicate which of the two Abstract Writing Workshops you can attend:

    • Thursday June 10, 11 am to 1:30 pm
    • Wednesday June 16, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Abstract Submission

    Your abstracts must be no more than 250 words long and include:

    • A clear statement of the research question, problem, or issue being investigated
    • Relevant background information needed to understand the importance of the research question or aim
    • A clear statement of research methodology
    • A summary of key findings and an indication of the findings' significance.
    • Written clearly and concisely, and in a way that would be understandable to a cross-disciplinary audience.

    Your supervisors will be asked to endorse your final abstract when you submit it via Career Hub.

    Further information and tips about writing an abstract will be sent to students once they complete an EOI form, and will also be discussed in the Workshop.

  • Key Dates

    Please make a note of these important dates.

    Date Item
    Monday May 3, 2021 Expressions of Interest Open
    Sunday, June 6, 2021 Expressions of Interest Close

    Thursday 10 June:  11am - 12.30pm

    Wednesday 16 June: 2pm - 3.30pm

    Abstract Writing Workshops
    Attendance at one of these workshops is compulsory.

    Sunday June 20, 2021 Abstract Submission Deadline
    Monday 28 June, 2021  Notification - outcome from Abstract Selection Committee
    Sunday 11 July, 2021 Post Submission Deadline
    Posters will be reviewed online between Mon 12 and Wed 14 July, with the winner announced at the event
    Thursday 15 July, 2021 Event Date
  • Prizes

    Attendance at the 2021 Australasian Council for Undergraduate Research Conference

    The overall best presentation from an individual or group will receive a gift voucher and represent the University at the Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research (ACUR), which will be held virtually from 15-17 September, 2021.

    In addition, faculty winners may also be invited by ACUR to present their research at the discretion of the ACUR Organising Committee. Conference registration fees will be covered for all winners.

    This year the conference will be held online and will equally allow speakers and special guests to attend from around the world, and enable networking opportunities that wouldn’t be possible at an in-person Conference.

    Conference attendees will present their research and have the opportunity to attend the presentations of other students, network with potential employers and peers from universities around the country and attend multidisciplinary panel discussions and workshops in an environment that supports and encourages critical and creative academic inquiry. 


    Gift vouchers

    The best presentation individual or group, will receive a $100 gift voucher.


    Adelaide Graduate Award

    Your participation can be included as an Adelaide Graduate Award activity and you can claim up to 20 hours if you are selected as a presenter.