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Welcome to the 2024 TRU Undergraduate Research and Innovation Conference

Welcome to the 2024 TRU Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference. The 19th annual conference will take place March 25-28, 2024. 

The conference is a chance for students from all programs and at all stages of their undergraduate experience to share their work with the rest of the TRU and Kamloops community. This year’s conference will include several poster sessions in the Learning Commons, on the 1st floor of the House of Learning, as well as lecture sessions in OLARA. Take a look at the full program below, plan on coming out to talk with some of the student researchers; this is a FREE event and everyone is welcome.

Questions can be directed to Elizabeth Rennie, 

Lecture Sessions in OLARA

There will be two LECTURE sessions held in OLARA (next door to the clock tower, look for event signage). During these sessions, students will each have 15 minutes to present their work. After all of the students have presented, there will be a shared question period for the audience to ask all of the presenters about their research. Note that most of these students also have posters available for viewing during the Poster Exhibits throughout the week. 

Lecture Session 1: Wednesday March 27, 3:00 - 4:30pm

  • Jost Hausendorf: Isolating the effects of peripheral and central fatigue on inhibitory control, skilled motor performance, and gaze behaviour in team sport athletes (Supervisors: Claudia Gonzalez & Mark Rakobowchuk
  • Amna Qazi: Colour aware assessments: Nursing instructor knowledge and confidence (Supervisor: Tracy Christianson)
  • Alexis Sever: Glacier decline in the Adams Watershed, BC (Supervisor: Tom Pypker)

Lecture Session 2: Thursday March 28, 9:30 - 11:00am

  • Jayse Matonovich: Project EDI: The importance of student voices in educational planning (Supervisor: Will Garrett-Petts)
  • Thamindu Widyaratne: A comparison of GPS and accelerometer data in the tracking of animal activity (Supervisor: Emily Studd)

Poster Session B: Monday March 25, 3:00 - 6:00pm, House of Learning 1st floor Learning Commons

Poster Session C: Tuesday March 26, 9:30 - 11:30am, House of Learning 1st floor Learning Commons

Poster Session D: Tuesday March 26, 1:00 - 3:00pm, House of Learning 1st floor Learning Commons

Poster Session E: Wednesday March 27, 9:30 - 11:30am, House of Learning 1st floor Learning Commons



Does it have to be a poster?

While most presentations will likely be posters, you aren't limited to sharing a traditional academic poster. You might apply to share a work of creative writing, the results a research paper, a series of photos or images you created as part of the creative output of your research, or something else entirely (we've even seen boardgames in the past!). Just let us know what you have in mind, and we can work with you to help share your work. 

How will the lecture sessions work? 

If you'd like to give a 15-minute lecture presentation about your work, you'll be grouped with 4-5 other students in a 1.5 hour moderated session. Each student will present their work, and then there will be time for questions at the end, after everyone has presented. The timing of the sessions will be scheduled around student availability. We try to vary the groups, so you may be presenting your Chemistry research after someone else has shared their Tourism work, and before an Economics presentation. 

What does a moderator do? 

The lecture sessions are moderated, meaning there will be a faculty member whose job it will be to introduce all of the student presentations and to lead the question period at the end, ensuring all presenters are asked at least a couple of questions. They'll keep track of the audience questions, and not let any one presenter get grilled too hard; it should be a shared learning experience and hopefully kind of fun, not feel like an exam!