SURE 2018

Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) 2018 Conferences

Friday, 28th September 2018


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SURE 2018 Conferences

The SURE Network was delighted to host the First Annual Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Conferences (SURE 2018) on 28th September 2018 in Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Students from Institutes of Technology throughout Ireland who are completing their Final Year Project in 2017-18 were invited to submit their undergraduate research work to this conference.

The aims of the conference were to:

  • Provide current students with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the work which has been undertaken by recent graduates, and the career opportunities that exist for graduates in Scientific disciplines.
  • Provide recent graduates with an opportunity to gain a reviewed publication based on the scientific research undertaken by them during their undergraduate studies.
  • Celebrate the academic achievements of recent graduates in the scientific disciplines.
  • Provide a multi-disciplinary scientific forum through which undergraduate research outputs can be disseminated to students, researchers, academic professionals and industry.

The presentation for final year project coordinators and penultimate year tutors was used to inform students about the opportunity to participation in the SURE 2018 Conferences.

Details

  • Abstract submission system opens: Tuesday, 3rd April 2018
  • Abstract submisssion deadline: Tuesday, 15th May 2018 [For cohorts with a Final Year Project submission deadline after this date, Project Coordinators may contact the Programme Committee Chairperson to request an extension for their students.] Friday, 1st June (extension to previous deadline due to high demand)
  • Acceptance notification: Friday, 13th July 2018
  • Confirmation by student of intention to present: Tuesday, 31st July 2018
  • Submission by student of final version of abstract or poster: Friday, 17th August 2018
  • Conference date: Friday, 28th September 2018
  • Conference theme: “Sharing Discovery”

Conference Locations

Three SURE 2018 conferences ran simultaneously in three venues around the country.

Students from the following Institutes of Technology, accepted as oral or poster presenters, presented at the conference in Athlone Institute of Technology (venue details):

  • Athlone Institute of Technology (host institution)
  • Galway-Mayo  Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology, Sligo

Students from the following Institutes of Technology, accepted as oral or poster presenters, presented at the conference in Dublin Institute of Technology (venue details):

  • Dublin Institute of Technology (host institution)
  • Institute of Technology, Tallaght
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology

Students from the following Institutes of Technology, accepted as oral or poster presenters, presented at the conference in Waterford Institute of Technology (venue details):

  • Waterford Institute of Technology (host institution)
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow
  • Cork Institute of Technology

Submission Guidelines

Students and graduates who had recently completed an undergraduate research project (NFQ Level 8 or NFQ Level 7) in a Scientific discipline were invited to submit a 250 word abstract for an oral or poster presentation. Submissions were invited for the following, and related, disciplines:

  • Analytical Science
  • Biology
  • Biopharmaceutical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Food Science
  • Health Science and Nutrition
  • Land Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Physics
  • Sport Science

Students wishing to make a submission for SURE 2018 were asked to do the following:

  1. Prepare an 250 word abstract using the Abstract Submission Template that clearly communicates their research to a scientific audience that may not necessarily have expertise in their own discipline.
  2. Prepare a consent form using the Consent Form Template signed by their project supervisor.
  3. Upload the abstract and consent form (this can be submitted using the Cover Letter facility) using the Submission System, providing name, email and affiliation of the student as first author and name, email and affiliation of the supervisor as second author. (Note: you will need to create an account of the Submission System. You will be prompted to do so as soon as you click on Submit Article on the home page.)

The deadline for submission was Tuesday, 15th May 2018 Friday, 1st June 2018.

If your Final Year Project submission deadline was after this date, Project Coordinators were asked to contact the Programme Committee Chairperson.

Submission were reviewed by two experts in your field, and students were notified of the outcome by email.

 

Presentation Guidelines

Authors were invited to make an oral presentation or a poster presentation at the conference. Oral presentations were 10 minutes in duration. A laptop and projector was available for presenters who wished to use Microsoft PowerPoint on the day.

Posters were formatted as A1 portrait or landscape. Presenters were available for discussions about the poster during the conference.

All accepted authors were issued with guidelines for the final version of their presentation or poster in advance of the conference.

Attendance

Attendees registered with the local venue. Details of the three venues are provided below:

SURE 2018 Athlone – Venue Details

SURE 2018 Dublin – Venue Details

SURE 2018 Waterford – Venue Details

Photographs

Photographs from the three conferences are available on the conference venue pages, provided below:

SURE 2018 Athlone – Venue Details

SURE 2018 Dublin – Venue Details

SURE 2018 Waterford – Venue Details