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Welcome to UWill Discover 2018!

About the Event

UWill Discover 2018 Undergraduate Conference is an excellent opportunity for students to highlight and showcase their discoveries and original work in their field of study. Discovery can take many forms and varies from field to field – research, business pitches, prototypes, film production, music and drama performance, compositions, educational tools, scholarship, etc. are all types of discovery. Undergraduate participants have an opportunity to win cash prizes.

The conference will brings together students, faculty and staff across all university faculties and programs, along with regional business and community partners.

Important Dates

  • March 22-23, 2018: UWill Discover Conference held in the University of Windsor CAW Centre.
  • Friday, January 31st, 2018: Online deadline for student submissions.
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 (3:00-4:15 workshop; 4:15-5:00 drop-ins): Workshop on Writing your UWill Discover Submission (scroll down for more information).
  • Friday, January 26, 2018 (12:00-1:00): A drop-in session will be held on writing your UWill Discover Submission (scroll down for more information).
  • Friday, February 9, 2018 (1:30-3:00): Workshop on Developing your Online Professional Presence and ePortfolio: Enhancing your UWill Discover Experience.
  • Friday, March 2, 2018 (1:00-3:00): Workshop on Communication Strategies for an Effective Presentation.

Sponsorship opportunities available!

Interested in supporting students and highlighting your business or community organization? If you or someone you know are interested in helping sponsor UWill Discover Undergraduate Conference, please contact the Organizing Committee (uwilldiscover@uwindsor.ca).

Submit your Abstract,Description of Original Work, or Artist Statement

University of Windsor students in any undergraduate discipline are eligible to participate in the UWill Discover conference.

All participants must submit an abstract or description of original work that summarizes their proposed presentation. Your proposal can be specific to one discipline, or multi/interdisciplinary.

Presentation formats may fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Oral Presentation
  2. Visual Presentation
  3. Performance
  4. Media/Film Production
  5. Lancers Lair

Lancers Lair will be offered as a special session during UWill Discover 2018. It is open to undergraduate students from all disciplines who have an innovative idea and would like to use the idea to turn into a business or to solve a social problem (scroll down for more information). Interested students should select 'Lancers Lair' as the 'Type of Proposal'.

To start your submission click "Submit Proposal" under the Author Corner or click here. The links below will help to guide you in writing your abstract or original work/artists statement.

LANCERS LAIR: Lancers Lair will be offered as a special session during UWill Discover 2018. It is open to undergraduate students from all disciplines who have an innovative idea and would like to use the idea to turn into a business or to solve a social problem (scroll down for more information).

EPICentre is offering prizes for the top two proposals:
1st Prize: Fitbit 2 and automatic entry into the final round of *EPIC Founders selection pitch session.
2nd Prize: Automatic entry into the final round of *EPIC Founders selection pitch session.

*EPIC Founders is a 12-week summer program in which participant receives up to $6,000 to develop his/her idea. Applicants go through two rounds of selection process before being accepted into the program. The top two winners of Lancers Lair will be guaranteed a spot at the final selection round.

Lancers Lair will help students address three key questions:

  • What is your idea?
  • What problem does your idea solve?
  • Who will be your customers and how do you propose to reach your customers?

NEW FOR 2018: Grand Challenges: When submitting your abstract, original work, or artist statement you will have the OPTION to specify if your research relates to one of the 4 Grand Challenges. The University of Windsor has recast its strategic research priorities into four Grand Challenges: (1) Healthy Great Lakes; (2) Viable, Healthy and Safe Communities; (3) Sustainable Industry; and (4) Understanding Borders. These Grand Challenges are based on our geographical location and our historic research strengths. They collectively define us and tell the external world our aspirations and goals. No other Canadian university can tackle these challenges simultaneously today.

More information on each of these Grand Challenges is provided below:

Healthy Great Lakes

  • Examples: Projects that advance and communicate fundamental knowledge of Great Lakes science; develop technologies that improve water quality and biota health; contribute to a culture that values and prioritizes activities that enhance the health of the Great Lakes; understand and help develop the policies and regulations to safeguard the Great Lakes; mitigate and adapt to the effects of natural and societal impact to the Great Lakes and lead remediation efforts in the Great Lakes region and beyond; and train highly qualified personnel who will become next-generation scholars and leaders.

Viable, Healthy and Safe Communities

  • Examples: Explore and understand the social, economic and health conditions that will lead to viable, healthy and safe communities; advance knowledge about the lives of designated groups and diverse people, including First Nations, women, ethnic and sexual minorities, the disabled, recent immigrants and others, not only of problems, but also of strengths and resiliencies to maximize the health of people and the vibrancy of communities; advance the humanities, arts, social and natural sciences, technologies and engineering that will enhance the viability, health, livability and safety of communities; build synergy from various stakeholders and sectors that will enhance the above goals; and train highly qualified personnel who will become next-generation social and technological entrepreneurs, scholars and leaders.

Sustainable Industry

  • Examples: Collaborate with multi-sector industrial stakeholders to help build sustainable industries; mobilize knowledge and technologies to collaborating industry partners; accommodate and facilitate the collaboration with participating industrial partners who prefer locating their innovation units at the University to develop next-generation ideas and products; provide business, legal and technical advice to industries on a collaborative basis; and train highly qualified personnel who will become next-generation industrial entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and engineers.

Understanding Borders

  • Examples: Understand all issues, including logistical, economical, societal, human, cultural, political, legal and trade, associated with borders and border-crossing; understand and support the development of policies, regulations and best practices that will facilitate border crossing; develop the science, technology and engineering that will facilitate safe and secure border crossings, including that of knowledge, goods, certifications, regulations and people; train highly qualified personnel who will become next-generation scholars and leaders; and understand and support bi-national coordination of environmental and emergency management in border regions.

Not sure how to write an abstract? Unsure about how to develop your presentation? Want to build a strong online professional brand? Pre-conference workshops will help guide you in constructing your abstract, preparing your presentation, and developing your online professional brand. Check back regularly for more information (scroll down for more information).

Workshops


Submitting to UWill Discover: Writing an Abstract, Original Work, or Artist Statement

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 3:00-4:15 workshop, followed by 4:15-5:00 drop-in to have someone provide feedback and answer questions about your draft(s)
Location: Leddy 302 West
Facilitator: Kate Hargreaves, Writing Support Centre with invited faculty members
Registration: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/ctl/110/
Cost: Free!

Description:
Are you considering submitting to UWill Discover, the undergraduate conference exploring research, scholarship and creative activity? This interactive workshop is for all disciplines, and touches on all the basics of writing abstracts, and original work or artists statements. It will explore why we write these statements, what information to include, dos and don'ts, and tips for addressing the right audience.

After the workshop, there will be an opportunity to drop in, ask questions, and receive feedback from faculty and staff with experience from a variety of disciplines. Feel welcome to come and stay for both the workshop and drop-in, or just choose to participate in one. Register soon, as there are limited spaces!


Drop-in for students Submitting to UWill Discover: Writing an Abstract, Original Work, or Artist Statement

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 4:15-5:00 (drop-ins)
Location: Leddy 302 West
Facilitator: Kate Hargreaves, Writing Support Centre with invited faculty members
Registration: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/ctl/110/
Cost: Free!

Description:
Are you considering submitting to UWill Discover, the undergraduate conference exploring research, scholarship and creative activity? Come to a drop-in session for feedback on your submission. This drop-in is for all disciplines, and you can get feedback on your abstracts, and original work or artists statements. Register soon, as there are limited spaces!


Drop-in for students Submitting to UWill Discover: Writing an Abstract, Original Work, or Artist Statement

Date: Monday, January 26, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:00 (drop-ins)
Location: Lambton Tower 2103
Facilitator: Kate Hargreaves, Writing Support Centre with invited faculty members
Registration: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/ctl/110/
Cost: Free!

Description:
Are you considering submitting to UWill Discover, the undergraduate conference exploring research, scholarship and creative activity? Come to a drop-in session for feedback on your submission. This drop-in is for all disciplines, and you can get feedback on your abstracts, and original work or artists statements. Register soon, as there are limited spaces!


Enhancing your UWill Discover Experience: Developing your Online Professional Presence and ePortfolio

Date: Friday, February 9, 2018
Time: 1:30-3:30
Location: TBD
Facilitator: Alicia Higgison (Office of Open Learning), Tim Brunet (Social Media Coordinator, Public Affairs and Communications), Lorie Stolarchuk (Centre for Teaching and Learning), and Phil Wernette (UWill Discover Conference Chair)
Registration: (link coming soon!)
Cost: Free!

Description:
Interested in getting more out of your undergraduate and UWill Discover experience? Developing your professional digital presence and effectively marketing your skills and experiences online is increasingly important when searching for a job. This interactive workshop is for all disciplines and will provide strategies to help you develop your professional online presence. It focuses on building your brand, through an introduction to ePortfolios and Blackboard, and leveraging LinkedIn to effectively highlight your marketable skills and professional presence.
Register soon, as there are limited spaces!


Developing an Effective UWill Discover Presentation: Communication Strategies

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 1:00-3:00
Location: TBD
Facilitator: Lisa Salfi (Technical Communications Development and Support Coordinator, Faculty of Engineering), Peter Marvel (Media Artist, Centre for Teaching and Learning), and Phil Wernette (UWill Discover Conference Chair)
Registration: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/ctl/110/
Cost: Free!

Description:
Was your submission accepted to UWill Discover, but you’re anxious or uncertain about how to present your work? This interactive workshop is for all disciplines and can help address your concerns. It focuses on developing effective communication strategies for presenting your submission, including important design considerations. The first part of the workshop will explore how to effectively communicate your ideas to a broad audience, and the second part of the workshop will explore design considerations for presenting your submission. The last portion of the workshop will include examples of effective presentations, including (but not limited to) oral presentations and poster presentations.
Register soon, as there are limited spaces!

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