The University of British Columbia will host the 2018 Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) 9 - 13 July. More details, including the theme of the conference, are yet to be released.

The conference aims to attract students from a diverse range of discipline and typically includes a range of seminars and student presentations interspersed with social activities and tours to promote networking and stimulate discussion.

Applicants will be required to give either an oral or a poster presentation on the chosen theme at the conference.

Program details

Dates: 9 - 13 July 2018

Location: The University of British Columbia, Canada

Further details to be released at a later date.



The UQ Student Employability Centre will award up to four grants to UQ undergraduate students to participate in the event.

UQ will pay the program fee, which will cover:

  • Registration
  • Some refreshments, lunches and dinners
  • Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  • Various excursions and activities

UQ will award a $1,500 travel grant which is paid directly to the student, which is intended to assist with costs associated with flights and accommodation.

Participants will be covered by UQ corporate travel insurance for the duration of the program however will be required to fund any additional travel costs, as well as some of their own meals, visas, insurance for personal travel, airport transfers and personal living expenses.

Please note: While UQ will nominate students to participate in the program, nomination is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program.


To be eligible to apply for the U21 URC, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (undergraduate or honours) at The University of Queensland and remain enrolled for the duration of the program;
  • Be in at least your second year of study (ie. completed at least 6 units of credit) at the time of application, with no Academic Progression Warning(s) within the last 6 units);
  • Have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0;
  • Complete an activity report within four weeks of completing the program;
  • Be able to travel to the host university on the program dates, and be able to coordinate, book, and pay for your own flights;
  • Be in the position to fund some of your own meals, travel insurance for personal travel, airport transfers and personal living expenses;
  • Students holding an international student visa are responsible for seeking advice and approval related to returning to their country of citizenship;
  • Students going on exchange in the semester following the U21 program must make their own arrangements for a student visa (if required), and acceptance into a U21 program will not give priority to processing of host institution acceptance documents. Students also need to be aware that they may need to apply for their student visa in Australia and to be available to attend a face to face interview;
  • Agree to be photographed and interviewed for promotional purposes
  • Be prepared to give either an oral or poster presentation at the conference, and submit these details as part of your application;
  • Submit a final 300 word abstract to conference organisers if successful

How to apply

Applications will open in February 2018.


Need more information

Please contact the Student Engagement Team on 3365 2929 or email