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Criteria for entry

What counts as research?

The Showcase is a celebration of all undergraduate research, meaning any Undergraduate student from any degree programme can get involved, even those who have graduated within 12 months prior to December 2020. We welcome entries from a variety of activities, such as: 

  • Independent research/work you have completed or are undertaking as part of an assignment or undergraduate dissertation and are due to complete before the BCUR in April 2021 

  • Research/work completed as part of research internship at the University of Exeter 

  • Research/work completed as part of a work placement integral to an undergraduate course 

  • Enterprise activity focused on social, economic or market research 

  • Research/work completed as part of Grand Challenges 

  • Research findings of a Students as Change Agents project, even if this is not yet complete 

  • Research/work completed as part of a study or work abroad year/term/placement while you were registered as a University of Exeter student 

We welcome work completed at other institutions, particularly on your former undergraduate programme. 

This list is not exhaustive and can also include any other activity so long as it has a clear focus on research or University-level argumentation. Please contact the team if you have any questions about your submission: UGresearch@exeter.ac.uk 

Terms and conditions

All entries to the research showcase must satisfy the following criteria. Please read these carefully before completing your entry:

  • Posters must be in A0 portrait and must be submitted as two files: One PDF file and a second in an editable format, such as Microsoft PowerPoint. 

  • Only research and work completed through activities or courses at or associated with the University of Exeter will be eligible to win a place to represent Exeter at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. Work completed elsewhere will be considered for other commendation prizes by the judging panel. 

  • There is no limit to the number of authors contributing to your work, and authors may be a mix of students and staff. Projects must either be led by the undergraduate student, or at least one of the authors must be a current undergraduate or recent graduate* who has had a high level of involvement in the research. Only one member of the group should submit the poster through MyCareerZone. 

  • If you do not fully own the intellectual property of the content you are submitting, you must seek the appropriate permission/s from other authors or copyright owners prior to submission. This may apply if you completed your research as part of a research internship at the University, or completed the research using the resources of another organisation who have subsequently retained copyright on your work. 

  • If your work used human participation, you must have sought permission from participants to share the results of your findings anonymously and have gone through the correct ethics procedures to conduct your research. 

  • By submitting your work, we will take this as confirmation that, if selected to attend either of the winners' events (Posters in Parliament and BCUR 2021), you will commit to attending on the dates of these events. If you are submitting research on behalf of a group, we will treat you as the representative for that group and presume that you are able and willing to attend these events.

    *A recent graduate must have graduated from an undergraduate programme within the last 12 months of December 2020.

  • Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. You may accompany your abstract with an image or multimedia feature, so long as there is an appropriate and clear caption and/or citation for this. 

  • In order to be eligible for a place at BCUR 2021 through the Showcase, you must also enter your abstract separately to BCUR, using the registration form on their 2021 website (which will go live later in the year).

  • Only research and work completed through activities or courses at or associated with the University of Exeter will be eligible to win a place to represent Exeter at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. Work completed elsewhere will be considered for other commendation prizes by the judging panel.

  • There is no limit to the number of authors contributing to your work, and authors may be a mix of students and staff. Projects must either be led by the undergraduate student, or at least one of the authors must be a current undergraduate or recent graduate* who has had a high level of involvement in the research. Only one member of the group should submit the poster through MyCareerZone.

  • If you do not fully own the intellectual property of the content you are submitting, you must seek the appropriate permission/s from other authors or copyright owners prior to submission. This may apply if you completed your research as part of a research internship at the University, or completed the research using the resources of another organisation who have subsequently retained copyright on your work. 

  • If your research used human participation, you must have sought permission from participants to share the results of your findings anonymously and have gone through the correct ethics procedures to conduct your research. 

  • By submitting your research, we will take this as confirmation that, if selected to attend either of the winners' events (Posters in Parliament and BCUR), you will commit to attending on the dates of these events. If you are submitting research on behalf of a group, we will treat you as the representative for that group and presume that you are able and willing to attend these events.

*A recent graduate must have graduated from an undergraduate programme within the last 12 months of December 2020.