Global opportunities for student conference fellowship recipients

ICUR 2015 Fellowship awardees

L to R: Lara Howden, Erin McKernan and Hannah Carle

Ten students from Monash University and the University of Warwick have been awarded fellowships to travel to the UK and Australia to attend the 2015 International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR).

Now in its third year, the Monash Warwick Alliance supported conference is an annual multidisciplinary forum that showcases the work of undergraduate researchers, connecting students from multiple universities in seven countries across the world to a single conference via videoconferencing technology.

The conference fellowship recipients will attend the 24-hour global forum from a different host university.

Hannah Carle, Lara Howden, Erin McKernan and Annemieke Thorbecke from Monash Australia, and Helen Jambunathan from Monash Malaysia will travel to Warwick University, UK and Warwick students Alex Clark, Bethany Dean, Elizabeth Denny, Johnny Lam and Claire Saunders will head to Monash University in Australia.

The students were selected for the quality of their research papers, which they will present at ICUR. Subjects include: social attitudes to children’s risk taking, food fraud, the development of big data in the legal field, polymers affect on the nucleation temperature of water, third-wave cafe culture in Kuala Lumpur, biodiversity in tropical forests, high frequency spinal cord stimulation, early modern period land empires as global empires, and using insects as food.

ICUR fellowship awardee Lara Howden from Monash University, said presenting at ICUR was an opportunity to share her research findings.

“I was ecstatic to be given this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I'm looking forward to being able to share some of our findings on the complexities of law surrounding the use of insect derivatives in food and animal feed. It will be great to start a conversation about how best to regulate the industry in a way that promotes innovation,” she said.

Alex Clark from the University of Warwick on finding out he was an ICUR fellowship awardee said:

“I felt exhilarated at the opportunity to share my findings with young researchers from around the world. First and foremost, it’s a valuable experience to be able to present ideas clearly and concisely in front of a large audience.”

ICUR 2015 will be held from 28-30 September at various participating institutions across the globe including: Monash University, the University of Warwick, UK, the University of Western Australia, Kyushu University, Japan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore Management University, Baruch College City University of New York, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Washington, USA. Monash University participants will join the conference from its Australian, Malaysian and South African campuses.

Formed in early 2012, the Monash Warwick Alliance represents an innovation in higher education and research and aims to accelerate the exchange of people, ideas and information between Monash University and the University of Warwick.