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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Conference (UROC)

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Are you curious about computer science research? Do you have a current project idea and want to pitch? 

This two-day, fully funded workshop is an opportunity for top undergraduate students from across Canada and North America to discover what graduate studies is like by working alongside faculty and current graduate students on mini research projects and other activities.

New this year, UROC is holding a pitch competition for students coming into the conference with an existing research idea. 

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Event Details

Thursday, September 27 - Sunday, September 30, 2018

University of Waterloo

Prizing for pitch competition:

  • $1,500 for first place
  • $1,000 for second place
  • $500 for third place 

ACTIVITIES

  • Mini research projects
  • Industry and faculty panels
  • Graduate student panels
  • Research lab tours
  • Faculty presentations 
  • Student-faculty mixers and social activities

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SCHEDULE

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Afternoon arrival and evening welcome reception

8:30am Breakfast

9:30am Industry/faculty panel

10:30am Lab tours

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Mini research project

3:30pm Break

4:00pm Mini research project cont'd

6:30pm Dinner

8:30am Breakfast

9:30am Graduate student panel

10:30am Meet a professor

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Faculty presentations

3:00pm Break

3:30pm Faculty presentations & student pitches

5:30pm Poster session

6:00pm  Awards

6:30pm Dinner 

Morning departure 

QUALIFICATIONS

OPTION 1:

UROC GENERAL

  • Must be a current undergraduate student enrolled in a computer science, math, engineering or related program from a Canadian or American university
  • Must possess an interest in computer science research
  • Individual participation

OPTION 2:

UROC PITCH COMPETITION

  • Must be a current undergraduate student enrolled in a computer science, math, engineering or related program from a Canadian or American university
  • Must be a team of 1+ and currently working on a research project or idea that is related to computer science
  • Must have preliminary results from pilot studies, reference(s) to open source, and reference(s) to preprints of paper
  • Past UROC participants are welcome to apply

APPLICATIONS

OPTION 1:

UROC GENERAL

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Statement of interest (1-2 pages) including the below items:
    • Describe one topic in computer science that you are fascinate by and why.
    • Describe one thing in life, unrelated to computer science that you are passionate about and why.
    • If you had the power to turn anything into a computer, what would it be and why?

OPTION 2:

UROC PITCH COMPETITION

  • Resume (for each team member)
  • Unofficial transcripts (for each team member)
  • Two page project description
    • Template: title, abstract, project description, summary of contributions, summary of results
    • If the idea is part of a bigger project, include description of work done by the team member(s) applying to UROC
    • Include a third page of references; pre-prints, published papers, GitHub links, demo videos, or other supporting materials in the public domain

APPLY NOW FOR 2018

Applications for UROC 2018 are now open. Please submit your documents in pdf format to Monique Bevan no later than Tuesday, July 31, 2018 and include in the subject line which option you wish to apply

Any additional questions can also be answered by contacting Monique Bevan, Recruitment Coordinator.