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ICUR 2021

28-29 September 2021 | University of Warwick

The ninth annual International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) was held on 28th-29th September 2021. Warwick presenters connected with fellow undergraduate researchers at institutions around the world including:

  • Monash University (Melbourne and Malaysia campuses)
  • Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
  • University of Leeds, Sheffield and York in the UK
  • EUTOPIA partnership institutions: CY Cergy University, Paris, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Baruch College, City University of New York, USA
  • Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
  • University of British Columbia, Canada

ICUR continued to navigate the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic by offering a hybrid event which gave undergraduate students at our participating institutions the opportunity to present remotely or with other students and staff at their own institution, depending on local restrictions on movement. Well over one hundred spoken presentation sessions were hosted by Zoom webinars, and accessed by audiences through our ICUR App, where they could also view pdfs and brief recorded presentations of research posters in our five poster presentation sessions.

In total, ICUR 2021 welcomed almost 600 presenters in 118 spoken presentation panels and 70 poster presentations. The event also featured two keynote presentations by leading Warwick and Monash academics, an alumni panel session where current student directors spoke with previous ICUR participants and leaders about where their experience has since taken them and a session on writing for publication of your undergraduate research.

A huge thank you to all of our participants for sharing their fascinating research on a global stage. We’d also like to thank our audience members from around the world who joined us via the ICUR App and Zoom webinars, as well as our session chairs, AV assistants and the coordinators at all of our participating institutions who made ICUR 2021 another successful event.

ICUR 2021 Best Presenters

Audience members were able to vote for their favourite presentations via the ICUR App. Congratulations to the ICUR 2021 winners:

Emily Kidner and Kajani Subhaskaran, University of Warwick
Voted Best Presenters for their Spoken Presentation, The Impact of Undernutrition on the Academic Performance of Schoolchildren in Low- and Middle-income Countries: a systematic review.

Sara Dierickx, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Voted Best Presenter for their Spoken Presentation, P300 Inter-trial variability in patients with multiple sclerosis.

Lidón Pruñonosa Lara, University of Warwick
Voted Best Presenter for their Spoken Presentation, How to administer a drug that cannot dissolve in the body – a chemical approach.

Charlotte Taylor, University of Warwick
Voted Best Presenter for their Poster Presentation, A systematic review of physical activity and its effect on burnout and quality of life in medical students.

Impact Blog

Read the current ICUR Student Directors' reflections on ICUR 2021 in this blog post.
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