students holding signs with examples of Sustainable Development GoalsThe United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the theme of the 2023 UWill Discover student research conference.

Student research conference inviting submissions

Organizers of the UWill Discover Sustainable Futures conference invite proposals from students in any discipline to present their research or reflections, March 20 to 24.

Conference chair Ehsan Ur Rahman Mohammed, a master’s student of computer science, says he is excited to see the work of undergraduate and graduate students.

“UWill Discover — we mean it,” he says. “You will discover your hidden talents of presentation, you will discover research insights, and most importantly, you will discover those important connections with amazing people around the campus.”

Students may submit proposals for posters, articles, business pitches, prototypes, musical or drama performances, compositions, art installations, movie trailers, and educational tools, among others. Student research-assistants can present research reflections sharing their experiences working with faculty advisors. Organizers have prepared templates and short tutorials to help students develop their proposals.

UWill Discover is a year-long project including pre-conference workshops, opportunities for mentorship, and a writing retreat for the students. This year’s conference theme is “sustainable futures” in recognition of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Project lead Tim Brunet of the Student Success and Leadership Centre says the conference structure is a “pedagogical persuasion where students are at the front of the room sharing their vision of research, scholarship, and creative work.”

The conference boasts $10,000 in student awards. Select research reflections and work by the presenters will be added to an annual journal to be published in the summer of 2023.

UWill Discover is run by the Student Success Centre and supported by the Office of the Vice-President of Research and Innovation, the Leddy Library, and the Office of the Provost. Find details on submitting to the conference on the UWill Discover Sustainable Futures website.

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—Medha Muppala