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Student guidelines for Undergraduate Research Conference

This page is intended for McGill Science undergraduates who are interested in participating in the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference (URC).

To present your poster at the URC, you must be nominated (details below).

Even if you are not presenting, everyone is invited to attend the conference and keynote lecture. Friends, family, lab mates, other students: Please refer to the main / public page for the 2015 URC.

Deadlines and important dates

  • Thursday, October 1, 2015: Nominations due from the departments/schools/programs listed below on this page, by victor [dot] chisholm [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email).
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015: Registrations due from the students who have been nominated, by webform (including abstracts).
  • Friday, October 16, 2015: Undergraduate Research Conference.

Schedule for Friday, October 16, 2015

Please plan to be available all day long. Lunch will be provided to presenting students.

  • 10:00am — poster setup (Arts Building, Lobby)
  • 11:00am — start of judging (Arts Building, Lobby)
  • 4:00pm — prize ceremony (Arts Building, Moyse Hall)
  • Immediately following prize ceremony — keynote address by Prof. Catherine Potvin (Arts Building, Moyse Hall)
  • After lecture — reception (Arts Building, Lobby)

Student eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the 2015 Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Conference, students must meet all of the five following criteria:

  1. Be enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program at McGill during the Fall 2015 term; and
  2. Be (or have been) involved in a research project under the supervision of a McGill faculty member, or at an external institution approved by one of the units listed in #5, at any time during the 16-month period of May 2014—August 2015; and
  3. Obtain the consent of their research supervisor(s) to present a research poster based on the research undertaken under his/her/their supervision; and
  4. Not have started a program of graduate studies in science or engineering; and
  5. Be nominated by one of the following departments, schools, or programs:
    • Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
    • Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
    • Department of Biochemistry
    • Department of Biology
    • Department of Chemistry
    • School of Computer Science
    • Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
    • McGill School of Environment
    • Department of Geography
    • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    • Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Physiology
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education (Faculty of Education)
    • Cognitive Science (multi-department undergraduate program)
    • Neuroscience (multi-department undergraduate program)

Please note that it is NOT necessary to be registered in a program (major, minor, etc.) offered by the nominating unit. In particular, undergraduates in Earth System Science, and Sustainability, Science and Society, are also welcome to participate; nominations are accepted from the units listed above.

How to get nominated to present your research at the URC

If you want to present your poster, you should talk with both your research project supervisor and departmental staff (department chair, or program director, or undergraduate advisor).

  • To present your poster at the URC, you must be nominated by one of the departments, schools, or programs (units) above.
  • The Office for Undergraduate Research in Science invites each of these units to nominate up to five students per unit to participate.
  • The call for nominations is sent to the Chair of each Department, or the Director of each School (MSE and SOCS), or the Program Director (Cognitive Science and Neuroscience).
  • Chairs and Directors often delegate the nomination process to a professor or administrator, such as an undergraduate advisor.

Conference categories

The preliminary categories for the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference are:

  1. Biological Sciences (research in fundamental biological processes; non-human)
  2. Earth System Science
  3. Health and/or Social Science
  4. Mathematical and Computational Sciences
  5. Medical Sciences (research with clear implications for human health)
  6. Physical Sciences

Please note that the Faculty of Science reserves the right to change, combine, or reassign categories if the number of entries in a category requires this.

Poster information

Maximum poster size is 3.5 feet wide by 4 feet tall. [More information]

Abstract information

Maximum length 120 words; required as part of your registration. [More information]

Hints for your presentation

  • Treat it as a professional encounter.
  • Be prepared to explain - "Shall I give you the bottom line?"
  • Be prepared to answer questions.
  • Be prepared to explain in non-technical language. Judging teams will be mixed, and some judges will not be experts in your field. As well, students from other fields and members of the public may be interested in your project too!


  • This conference is open to the public.
  • Abstracts will be printed in a booklet for those attending the Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Participants' names and project titles may be posted on this website.


Please contact:

  • your supervisor,
  • your department, or
  • victor [dot] chisholm [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Victor Chisholm), Undergraduate Research Officer, Office for Undergraduate Research in Science, Dawson Hall, Room 408A, tel.: 514-398-5964.