Research undertaken by students as part of their undergraduate degree studies is to be showcased at an international conference to be held at The University of Nottingham later this month.
The event, which will feature posters and presentations from students from 20 countries from around the globe, will offer many participants their first taste of a genuine academic conference as well as an impressive addition to their professional CV.
The British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), which takes place on University Park campus on the 14th and 15th April this year, aims to highlight the top quality research which many students undertake during the final year of their first degree — work which in the past has been often largely overlooked.
Dr Martin Luck, in the University’s School of Biosciences, is a member of the BCUR steering group. He said: “In the UK most students have to engage with research as part of their undergraduate degree, as laid down by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Despite that, it is an area of research which is very often overlooked.
“In university departments across the UK — and indeed around the world — there is a large amount of high quality research which never sees the light of day and is left to gather dust on a shelf. I believe that students need greater recognition for their work and this is what the conference is aiming to address.”
The conference, which will attract around 350 delegates, will feature posters and presentations on a truly multi-disciplinary range of subjects — everything from molecular science and drama to social science and historical analysis will be represented.
In addition to attending and presenting research, undergraduate students will also play a huge role in its organisation and running. A team of around 30 Nottingham undergraduates will be overseeing every aspect from the running of the front desk to chairing the individual sessions.
Twenty-six students from The University of Nottingham will be presenting their research at the conference; among them art history student Emma Hardiman and environmental science student Chloe Stevenson who recently presented their work in Westminster during February’s Posters in Parliament event.
The pick of the crop from the Nottingham students who are presenting at the BCUR event in April will also be chosen to represent the University’s UK campuses at the upcoming U21 Undergraduate Research Conference being held in Shanghai in July, which will focus on the topic of food safety. Nottingham will also send a student from each of its campuses in China and Malaysia to complete its trio of delegates attending.