Student Success Centre

Western Student Research Conference

Apply to present your research at the Western Student Research Conference (WSRC), Western University’s annual university-wide and multidisciplinary undergraduate research conference currently running in its third year. The WSRC strives to showcase research and work from students of all faculties, attracting researchers from universities across Ontario. 

Apply Now to be a Student Presenter

Who Can Apply?

  • Any undergraduate student attending a university in Ontario
  • Graduate students are not eligible to present but are welcome to attend

How to Apply?

Applications for WSRC 2017 are now closed. Selected applicants for this year's conference have been contacted.

Presentation Formats

Students can present their work in two formats:

  • 10-minute oral presentation to a panel of judges
  • A poster presentation accompanied by a 5 minute presentation to judges. Posters will be showcased all day


If you have any further questions regarding the application process or presenting at WSRC, please contact our research team at


How Will Your Abstract Be Scored?

Descriptions should include an introduction to your research topic, relevant background information, an overview of objectives, methods and results (if applicable), and the significance of the research. Descriptions should be accessible to a broad academic audience (including those who may not be experts in your field of research) and should be free of spelling and grammar errors.

Suggestions for how to write an abstract for a conference can be found here. Note: While the application does not limit word count, word count will be checked during the selection process and penalties will be assigned to submissions that exceed 200 words.

Why Apply?

The Experience

  • Improve on your presentation, communication and networking skills
  • Learn how to deliver a professional research conference presentation that meets the standards of the scholarly community

The Community

  • Expose yourself to research at the forefront of your field and others’ through engaging in cross-disciplinary sharing of ideas at the event. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet researchers from all different walks of life and fields
  • Network with peers, faculty researchers, and potential employers

The Exposure

  • Gain university-wide recognition and feedback on your research in an academic environment


This year, monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three presenters in both presentation formats (oral and poster), all abstracts will be published in the Western Undergraduate Research Journal and two will be selected to be published in the STEM fellowship journal.


Presenter Skills Workshop

In partnership with the UWO Scientific Research Society, we will be holding a workshop detailing how presenters can effectively present their work at the Western Student Research Conference. It will consist of a presentation by Dr. Aaron Schneider and Dr. Kim Solga that will educate the presenters on speech and communication skills that they will require for the conference as well as breakout sessions to address other important aspects of poster and oral presentations.

Date and Time: Thursday March 9, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: UCC 37, 57, 59, 66

Attending the Conference

Date: Sunday March 26, 2017

Location: Health Sciences Building at Western University

Who can attend?

  • Anyone can attend (undergraduate and high school students, faculty, community members) 
  • Tickets for presenters and attendees will be $15 and can be purchased online (click below!) or at the Student Success Centre. Tickets will include conference entry, breakfast and lunch. 

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Keynote Speaker

To be announced, stay tuned!

How to be a Judge

Judges play an integral role in our application process and in day-of conference events during which prizes will be offered to students for their research work and presentations. We are currently recruiting graduate students (Masters, PhD and post-doctoral), faculty members, and researchers to be abstract and conference judges for the 2017 WSRC. All participating judges will receive free entry.

If you are interested in becoming a judge, please contact us at

Meet the WSRC Organizing Committee


Marketing Team

Logistics Team

Research Team

Finance Team

  • Malini Hu
  • Josh Herman

Cross Campus and External Engagement

  • Justin Wang
  • Priyanka Savaliya
  • Camilla Parpia

Would you like to be apart of the 2018 Conference Committee? Check back for applications for executive positions at the end March


WSRC is made possible by the continued support and contributions from our sponsors