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UWill Discover Student Research Conference

Held annually in the spring, UWill Discover is the university’s annual institutional undergraduate research conference, where University of Windsor undergraduate students present their original research and creative work to an audience of students, faculty and staff, and members of the broader community. These presentations, which showcase research from every department and faculty on campus, may take the form of conference posters, oral presentations, performances, and demonstrations or installations.

Why is UWill Discover a valuable exercise?

Although many early-year undergraduate students perform research-related academic activities on a day-to-day basis, most don’t conceptualize original research as an accessible part of their university experience.

Compelling data suggests students who become involved in research at an early stage in their undergraduate careers experience positive outcomes (Crowe & Brakke, 2008).

UWill Discover therefore presents a very useful opportunity to acquaint promising students with the meaning of research in actual practice. The conference is an expression of the goals and aspirations of the University: to develop deeper and broader connections between teaching and research, learning and the community, and the classroom, lab, and working world.

Which students are eligible to participate?

UWill Discover is open to all undergraduate students at the university. Several general and faculty-specific monetary awards are available for notable participants.

How can my student(s) become involved?

Students wishing to participate are encouraged to find a faculty sponsor. Your role as sponsor will be to coach the student on the preparation of an abstract for submission, and to prepare for the conference itself.

How can faculty members become involved?

Students wishing to participate are encouraged to find a faculty sponsor. Your role as sponsor will be to coach the student on the preparation of an abstract for submission, and to prepare for the conference itself.

UWill Discover offers support to faculty and students through the UWill Discover Blackboard page. Students applying to the conference will automatically be added to the Blackboard page. Faculty may request to be added to the page at any time.

The UWill Discover Blackboard page offers learning modules on preparing an abstract, preparing an academic poster, preparing an oral presentation, and participating in a conference. Further modules on preparing a research ethics submission and preparing a video presentation are under construction. Your participation and suggestions are warmly solicited.

Helpful guidelines for submission, including exemplars from previous conferences, are also available via the conference website.

If you believe you know a student who could make a positive contribution to UWill Discover, or you would like to assist with the conference in any capacity, please contact Dr. Phil Wernette.

For further information, please consult Scholarship at UWindsor's UWill Discover Archive.

Complete contact information:

  • Dr. Phil Wernette
  • UWill Discover 2018 Conference Chair
  • (519) 253-3000 x3437
  • wernette@uwindsor.ca
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