Multidisciplinary conference offers undergrads chance to showcase research

Undergraduate students will be showcasing their research and sharing their experiences at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC). 

First established in 2003 by the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, MURC has become the largest multidisciplinary undergraduate conference in Canada, offering a place for undergraduates from different years and disciplines to gain experience presenting their research.

For the first time since MURC was conceived, this year’s event will be a three-day conference with 235 presentations, 365 presenters and over 300 delegates — more than ever before.  

MURC offers students at different stages in their undergraduate degree with the opportunity to come together to demonstrate their research projects to other students, faculty members and the general public.

“In a lot of the conferences that we do, you’re presenting to people within your discipline and it’s very specialized and exclusive almost, but [MURC] is great in that it trains you to actually present your research to people who have no idea what you do in your field,” said Cheneil Antony-Hale, fifth-year economics and political science student and a MURC planning committee member.

“It’s also a great place to network with other researchers. If you want to get involved, but you’re not quite ready to go solo on research, you can find some people with similar interests and maybe team up with them for a future conference,” she added.

Students will be presenting either 10-minute oral presentations or poster presentations. The top presenters from this year’s conference will have the opportunity to apply to present in the U21 Research Conference, taking place in Monterrey, Mexico in the summer of 2016.

“I think what a lot of presenters and delegates will take away from the event is that anyone can do research — literally anyone. I think a lot of people have this idea that people who do research have to be super smart, but all you have to do is find a question, find a problem that you think is really interesting and get started,” said Antony-Hale.