Now in its sixth year, the National Integrative Research Conference (NiRC) is an annual one-day Arts and Science conference. It attracts undergraduates and keynote speakers from universities across Canada and the US to McGill University in Montréal, QC to present their interdisciplinary research. The conference consists of oral and poster research presentations by students from McGill and other universities, keynote talks by professors from various universities and organizations, lunch, and a wine and cheese in the evening for students to mingle with professors and speakers. This year, the conference will be held on March 18, 2016.
The goal of our conference is to promote undergraduate research in interdisciplinary fields and provide a platform whereby students are able to present their own interdisciplinary work, engage in intellectual dialogue, and interact with other students and professors from Canada and the US. This conference will be an outstanding opportunity for all participants to be in an environment that fosters knowledge and creativity. We intend to encourage students to transcend the conventional boundaries of art and science and pursue research in new and innovative ways.
We encourage undergraduates across Canada and the US who wish to present their research projects to submit their applications online by February 20, 2016. As we are promoting the integration of various disciplines, submitted works must combine at least two different topics and, if possible, include topics drawn from both the Arts and the Sciences. We also welcome all to simply attend this gathering and be part of this unique opportunity! In an effort to ensure accessibility for all students, no registration fees are required to attend/present. NiRC will provide a hostel dorm to be shared with other NiRC presenters for one night and up to 25$ in travel subsidy for select oral presentation applicants from universities outside Montréal submitting outstanding research. Subject to availability. Students are thus encouraged to apply early as funding is limited.
Oral presentations are approximately 15 minutes long including a 5 minute Q&A. A projector and wireless presenter will be provided for the PowerPoint presentation. Presenters will be judged on their ability to deliver an engaging, logical, and coherent presentation that can be well understood by a lay audience.
During the poster session, the presenter is expected to be at their poster for the majority of the session. Attendees and judges will be encouraged to mix and mingle. Presenters will be judged on their abilities to deliver a captivating and comprehensive presentation, as well as their ability to answer questions. Poster dimensions must not exceed 75” W by 40” H (190 cm x 101 cm).