15th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Undergraduate Research Conference 2022

The Undergraduate Research Conference celebrates the contributions of undergraduate research at Nipissing University and across Ontario. It provides an opportunity for students to present a research project they are working on while engaging in scholarly debate amongst each other.

A student from any undergraduate discipline, who has worked on a scholarly project in which s/he has taken a leadership role in its development and execution, are eligible to participate in the conference. Proposals can be disciplinary specific or multi/interdisciplinary.

Students are invited to present an original poster, art installation, oral presentation of a paper or a panel presentation of a series of related papers.

This conference is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their work in a professional setting before their peers, faculty, and the public.

Each application will be reviewed by expert faculty reviewers.

Works may include:

  • directed study projects
  • honours thesis research
  • co-op or practicum projects
  • service learning projects
  • summer research projects
  • volunteer research
  • creative work in the visual and performing arts
  • independent study
  • community service
  • study abroad

Some examples of eligible scholarly works are:

  • interpretation of a performance, piece of music or art work
  • interpretation of a piece of literature/literary criticism
  • model design and development
  • scientific experiments
  • textual analysis
  • historical interpretation
  • case study
  • research/ term/analytical paper
  • engineering research or development projects
  • qualitative or quantitative research projects

Categories of Presentations


Students choosing to make a research poster presentation may do so, on an individual basis. Poster submissions should be original undergraduate student research such as those listed above. Students should be prepared to share their research with Conference guests in a poster presentation setting, and should also be prepared to field questions with regard to their research.

Paper Presentation Panels

Based on proposal submissions, the UGRC committee will group like papers into panels with common themes. Each panel will have 3 – 4 participants and each paper presentation will be 15 minutes long. Papers can be presented individually or in group format. If you and other participants want to submit a panel group with a common theme, it is recommended that the group be mentored by a faculty member in preparation for the conference.

Fine Arts

Students may submit individual or collaborative creative work for exhibition during the undergraduate research conference. The selection committee will endeavour to accommodate all forms of creative practice, including but not limited to the following: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography, video art, sound art, performance, music, poetry and spoken word, etc. Interdisciplinary creative practices are also welcome. Some forms of creative work may not be feasible due to the physical limitations of the institution. Only original undergraduate student work is eligible.


Undergraduate Research Conference Goes Virtual

For many students, participating in Nipissing University’s Undergraduate Research Conference is a unique highlight of their university experience.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s 13th annual conference could not take place in its typical form, so organizers found a new way to present and celebrate student research.