Record turnout for 4th Annual AICUR (All Ireland Conference for Undergraduate Research)

Pictured at the All Ireland Conference for Undergraduate Research are Kristine Surat, Jenna Bromell and Jessica Silva

This year’s All Ireland Conference for Undergraduate Research (AICUR) had its highest numbers of undergraduate research participants to date, and took place in the Analog Devices Building, UL on 23rd March, 2017.

The 4th annual event was opened by Professor Sarah Moore (Associate VP Academic, UL and Chair, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning) and the keynote speech was delivered by Anna Geary (Broadcaster, Athlete, Columnist and qualifying life coach). As a graduate of UL, Ms Geary spoke warmly of her time in UL and challenged the student audience to “believe in your own ideas, because if you don’t how can someone else?” aligning with the overall title of her keynote delivery ‘What doesn’t challenge you, doesn’t change’.

The conference was started by Dr Fiona Farr (Dean, Teaching and Learning) in 2014 to “provide a platform for undergraduate students to share their research, in a diversity of forms, and experience participating and presenting in an academic conference. The benefits of such an experience, academically, socially and personally for students are significant.”

The attendance and quality of work presented at this year’s conference is a testament to the high quality, committed and engaged students that Ireland, and not least, the University of Limerick are producing. Professor Sarah Moore commended the participating students for being “not indifferent observers of your world; you research for a better world.”

Over 55 student presentations were delivered on the day including five poster displays. Students were given multiple options for delivery of their research including 15, 10, and 5-minute oral presentations as well as ‘Research in 3’ and poster presentations. There were awards presented to students in six categories, award winners are listed below.

The CTL wish to extend a special thanks to AICUR’s main sponsor ZAGG, a Shannon based supplier of mobile accessories, who have supported the conference since its inception. Thanks also to prize sponsorship from O’Mahony’s Bookshop UL, the University Arena, Aramark and the Bank of Ireland.