This page is intended for participating students who are nominated by their departments. McGill Science undergraduates who are interested in participating in the Undergraduate Research Conference should talk to their research project supervisor or to departmental staff.
Abstracts will be printed in a booklet for those attending the Undergraduate Research Conference.
To submit your abstract, please use the registration form.
Format for abstracts
Please prepare your abstract in this format:
- the title,
- your full name,
- your supervisor(s) full name(s):
- For McGill professors, please use the title "Prof."
- For non-McGill professors, or for other authors, you may use the title "Dr." where applicable.
- the first and last names of all other authors (if applicable),
- the department which has nominated you, and
- Abstract text, 120 words long (maximum).
You may want to address the following in your abstract:
- problem statement, topic, or objective;
- methods or approach;
- findings or results;
If you have questions about how to best present your work, please contact your department or your research project supervisor.
Assessing box rigidity
Presenter: Jane Doe
Supervisor: Prof. Albert Einstein
Other authors: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln
Nominated by: Department of Boxology
Currently, there is no consensus as to what constitutes rigidity in the emerging field of boxology. To try to establish a rigidity measure, we equated rigidity of standardised cardboard boxes with an objective measure: resistance to box deformation. The following experiments were carried out. Experiment 1 examined the number of elephants each cardboard box could support before showing signs of failure. Experiment 2 examined box deformation after defenestration from a given window. The defenestration experiments yielded inconsistent results, perhaps due to the intervention of other variables; however, the remarkable consistency of the elephant test suggests that this is a valid indicator of box deformation, and thus, of rigidity.