30 August 2012

This September, 76 University of Queensland students will contend for the title of best undergraduate research presenter at the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC).

The Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) will host the conference on Tuesday, 18 and Wednesday, 19 September as a part of UQ's broader Research Week celebrations.

Acting Director of OUE Dr Jessica Gallagher said the annual conference showcased the work of some of UQ’s finest undergraduate researchers through oral, poster and 3MT presentations.

“UQ boasts an international reputation of research excellence and we are keen to provide opportunities for our undergraduate students to benefit from this expertise and to gain practical experiences which employers’ value,” she said.

“The URC allows students to develop their communication skills, meet other researchers and share their projects with the wider UQ Community."

Now in its third year, the URC will feature a number of new elements including a showcase Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) for current honours students and The Great Debate, an event co-hosted by OUE and the UQ Graduate School.

The topic for the debate is: News, news everywhere: The 24 hour news cycle and “citizen journalists”. Does it make us more informed or more confused?

The Great Debate teams will take opposing sides and discuss the proliferation of social media and its impact on how we find, consume and interact with the news.

The debate will be hosted by Steve Cannane, journalist and presenter on ABC TV's weeknight and discussion program The Drum and reporter and fill-in presenter on ABC1's late night news and current affairs program, Lateline.

UQ School of Journalism and Communication student Carl Smith, a representative on the panel, said he was looking forward to the event and was sure he would be able to contribute to a passionate discussion on the topic.

“The topic is fantastic and very timely. I’m really looking forward to hearing what the other panellists have to say and I’m looking forward to Research Week in general," he said.

OUE extends an invitation to all students, staff, visitors, family and friends to attend the Undergraduate Research Conference, Three Minute Thesis event and The Great Debate.

You can register your attendance by clicking here

Media: Jessica Gallagher (07 3346 7012, j.gallagher@uq.edu.au) or Georgia Mitchell (07 3346 0626)