Call for applications for the 2016 Undergraduate Research Fair

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Applications for participation in the 2016 Undergraduate Research Fair are now open. Faculty who are currently grading final assignments are asked to watch for particularly strong research or creative art projects and to encourage the students responsible to apply to York University’s fourth annual Undergraduate Research Fair, being held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, from 11am to 1:30pm in the Scott Library Collaboratory.

Jointly sponsored by York University Libraries and the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, the multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Fair honours undergraduate student researchers and provides students with the opportunity to share their work by designing a poster and presenting the results of their research to the York community in a friendly, cross-curricular environment. Fair applications are due by Jan. 21, 2016, but students are encouraged to apply now. Students wishing to present a poster can apply by submitting a graded, research-based project or honours thesis that was prepared between January and December 2015, along with a 250-word abstract. A workshop on designing and presenting a poster will be offered to participating students, and the University Libraries will arrange to print the posters at no cost to the participants.

It was standing room only at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Fair
It was standing room only at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Fair

New this year, undergraduate students who have created a piece of artwork for a 2015 York credit course may apply to have their work displayed in an Art Walk in Scott Library during the fair. One artwork submission will be chosen to grace the cover of York’s newest e-journal, Revue YOUR Review (York Online Undergraduate Research), associated with the Undergraduate Research Fair.

Monetary prizes of $200, $500 and $600 will be awarded to poster session presenters deemed to have the best lower-year project, best upper-year project, best honours thesis and best poster presentation. In addition, the University Libraries offer an Information Literacy Award of $600 to the researcher who develops and explains his or her information research strategies best. In addition, fair attendees will select a People’s Choice winner. All student presenters will receive an invitation to submit an article on their project, to be considered for publication in Revue YOUR Review.

Last year’s Undergraduate Research Fair drew a large audience of students, faculty and administrators from across the York community, as well as friends and family of student presenters. The 2016 fair welcomes applicants from all York Faculties, including Glendon College.

The fair offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in several components of the cycle of knowledge production and dissemination.

For more information about the Undergraduate Research Fair, participant eligibility and how to apply to present a poster or display artwork, visit the Undergraduate Research Fair website.