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Student guidelines for Undergraduate Research Conference

McGill Science undergraduates who are interested in participating in the Undergraduate Research Conference should talk with their research project supervisor or to departmental staff. This page is intended for students who are nominated to participate.

  • Thursday, September 19, 2013: Nominations due from the departments/schools/programs listed below on this page, by victor [dot] chisholm [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email).
  • Thursday, September 26, 2013: Registrations due from the students who are nominated, by webform (including abstracts).
  • Thursday, October 10, 2013: Undergraduate Research Conference.

Even if you are not presenting, everyone is invited to attend the conference and keynote lecture. Please refer friends and family to the main / public page for the 2013 URC.

Schedule for Thursday, October 10, 2013

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 Dr John Smol (Arts Building, Moyse Hall)
  • After lecture - reception (Arts Building, Lobby)

Student eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the 2013 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 2013-2014 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 2012-August 2013; 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 or schools:
    • 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.

Conference categories

The preliminary categories for the 2013 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.