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Student Research Symposium 2021

Te Wānaka Rakahau - Ākoka 2021

30–31 August 2021

Burns Lecture Theatre Complex and sessions via Zoom

The 2021 Student Research Symposium is an opportunity for students – both postgraduate and undergraduate – to share their research with the wider academic community. It is also a great opportunity for students to connect with their peers and learn about research being conducted across the University. Even if not presenting, students will gain valuable insights and networking skills. A social networking event is planned as part of an engaging conference programme.

Students can opt to present their research in an oral presentation, an Ākonga Kōrero session (20 slides in 5 minutes), or by poster. On-campus and Zoom sessions are available. Details on these different formats are given below.

Please note that we welcome presentations on research in progress, as well as research findings/preliminary findings.

There is a nominal registration fee of $20 to help with catering costs over the two-day event, which is sponsored by the University of Otago Graduate Research School and the OUSA. You must register to present and/or attend.

There is limited funding available to support students from the other University campuses and distance students to attend and present at this conference. Preference will be given to those who register and submit their abstract early. Other distance and remote start students can present via Zoom.

Student research symposium programme

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Important dates

The conference system will be open from 4-16 June to accept abstract submissions, and will remain open until 13 August for registrations.

4 June Registration and abstract submission portal opens. Your abstract must be formatted online (see details below). Abstracts will be peer reviewed, so please note some changes may be required before acceptance.
16 June Abstract submission portal closes. Due date for revised abstracts.
13 August
Deadline for registrations for Symposium. All students submitting presentations MUST also register.
30–31 August Student Research Symposium.

Presentation formats

All formats are available on campus or via Zoom – posters for the Zoom session need to be submitted digitally.

Oral presentations

Students will have 15 minutes to present their research and 5–10 minutes for discussion.

Ākonga Kōrero presentations

Students will have 5 minutes to present using 20 PowerPoint slides, each timed to advance after 15 seconds.

Poster presentations

Students can provide a poster of any size for this session, and these posters may have been used previously for other conferences. Note that the number of posters we can accept will be restricted.

Guidelines for abstracts

Abstract submissions have now closed.

When submitting your abstract you will be asked to identify your preferred submission format. For ALL abstracts, irrespective of type of session, please note the following:

  1. Up to 300 words excluding title and author(s) names (this will be strictly enforced)
  2. No sub-headings
  3. List all co-authors (and identify the presenter), and give their departments
  4. Please use references sparingly (if at all) and ensure they are detailed at the end of the abstract
  5. Ensure your abstract is proof-read before submission

The abstract should be prepared in Word and then cut and pasted into the online form. The abstract should normally include the aims, methodology/method, results, discussion and conclusions. For research in progress, it is common to have an abstract that focuses on the background context, aims and methodology/method, and, if results will be available in time for the presentation, an indication that preliminary results will be discussed.

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If you have any questions, please email