York University’s annual multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Fair takes place Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (11am to 1:30pm) in the Scott Library Collaboratory (2nd floor). Everyone is welcome to drop in to this showcase of undergraduate research work and art exhibit. Over 70 students present their projects in the form of poster sessions, presented simultaneously in a friendly, marketplace-like environment. The Art Walk exhibit leading to the Fair displays student art and design work. President Shoukri offers the 2017 Fair keynote speech at 1pm. Several prizes will be awarded, and a reception follows the Fair. Please drop by to help celebrate undergraduate research at York!
Fair Day schedule (Wed., March 1)
- 11 am – 1 pm Poster presentations
- 12:45 pm Musical performance
- 1 pm Keynote: President Shoukri; Awards ceremony
- 1:30 pm Reception
Scott Library, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON
How to apply
There are two ways to participate in the Undergraduate Research Fair:
- submit an application to present a poster (based on a 2016 research project or essay you did for a York course) at the Undergraduate Research Fair on March 1, 2017. If accepted, you’ll be invited to a workshop to guide you in designing and presenting a poster for an academic conference. Click here for eligibility requirements to participate in the Fair poster session OR
- submit an application to display art or design work in the Scott Library’s Art Walk (Mar.–Apr., 2017). Click here for eligibility requirements to display this work.
This is a juried Fair and applications are reviewed by a selection committee. Applications for poster sessions (to be presented at the Research Fair) or for art or design work (for display in the Scott Library Art Walk) must be based on work submitted for a York U credit course in the 2016 calendar year.
Successful poster session applicants prepare a poster and present their research project simultaneously in a poster session at the Fair. Successful art or design work applicants display their work for two months, beginning late February 2017 in the Scott Collaboratory Art Walk.
To submit a poster session application, complete the Poster Session application form and write an abstract (summary) based on your best research project/paper/essay that was submitted for a York undergraduate credit course between January 2016 and December 2016. Your abstract should include: background (why?); objective (what is the aim of the project?); methods or approach (how?); results (what is the outcome?); discussion or significance (why is it important?). Please see the complete eligibility requirements for poster sessions.
The Undergraduate Research Fair is geared to a multidisciplinary audience. Participants in the Research Fair poster sessions are asked to use plain language to describe their project. That is, the wording, structure, and design of posters, abstracts, and presentations must allow people from other disciplines and other communities to understand the project easily.
To submit art or design work for display in the Scott Library Art Walk, complete the Art or Design Work application form, Include a description of the piece and an optional artist or designer statement. To be eligible, the work must have been submitted for a York undergraduate credit course between January 2016 and December 2016. Please see the complete eligibility requirements for artwork.
An automatic confirmation message is sent as soon as your application has been received. **If you do not receive this confirmation message, please contact the Undergraduate Research Fair (email@example.com).
- Dec. 19, 2016: Applications open
- Jan. 25, 2017: Applications close
- Feb. 10–13, 2017: Applicants are notified
- Feb. 13, 2017: Participant RSVPs are due
- Feb. 13–20: Workshops on poster design & presentation skills offered (Poster presenters are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop.)
- Feb. 22, 2017: Art or design work to be delivered to Scott Library, ready for installation.
- Feb. 23, 2017: PDF of poster due by 4 pm to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Subject line: Last name - Poster PDF attached)
- Mar. 1, 2017: Undergraduate Research Fair day, 11am–1:30pm, Scott Library Collaboratory, 2nd floor
(Poster presenters arrive by 10 am.)
- Gain valuable presentation experience OR
- Gain valuable artwork exhibit credit
- Learn how to design a professional-looking academic poster
- Share your work in a supportive environment
- Receive a signed Certificate honouring your participation in the University’s juried Undergraduate Research Fair
- Earn a chance to win a monetary award (Fair poster presenters) OR
- Earn a chance to have your art or design work published on the cover of the York e-journal Revue YOUR Review
- Presenters are celebrated at a reception following the Fair
- Award winners are invited to attend the University’s Research Leaders gala event on April 4, 2017
- Poster presenters receive an invitation to revise their work as an article, for consideration for publication in Revue YOUR Review, a refereed e-journal published by York University Libraries. (Poster presenters are invited to a workshop on how to write for publication; authors whose articles are accepted may be paired with a writing coach to polish the final article.)
Friends and family are invited to attend the Fair and reception.
The Undergraduate Research Fair is co-sponsored by York University Libraries and the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation
Additional support is provided by: various Faculties of York University; Mr. Henry Wu, York U Board of Governors; Gale; Proquest; EBSCO; Springer.
Code of Conduct
York University’s Undergraduate Research Fair strives to provide a welcoming space that nurtures presentation skills, facilitates networking opportunities, and showcases the excellent undergraduate research conducted at the University. To keep this space welcoming and to allow everyone involved to benefit, it is important that the Fair be a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion or other group identity. It is imperative for all involved to remain committed to civil discourse and the free exchange and critical examination of competing ideas, concepts and disciplinary perspectives, with a fundamental respect for the dignity of all persons. Recognizing that this is a shared responsibility of all participants -- students, faculty, librarians, staff, and attendees -- involvement in the Fair requires each individual to commit to maintaining a positive environment that is safe for everyone.