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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 and Information:

  • Submissions are STILL BEING ACCEPTED for the Lancer's Lair special session and Education posters! Interested in solving a social problem with your idea OR turning it into a business? Check out the Lancer's Lair special session with amazing prizes! (more information below)
  • March 22-23, 2018: UWill Discover Conference held in the University of Windsor CAW Centre.
  • Friday, March 2, 2018 (1:00-3:00): Workshop on Communication Strategies for an Effective Presentation.
  • Past workshop information available! Information from the Writing your UWill Discover Submission workshops is available. For access to the Blackboard site, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee (

Conference Registration

UWill Discover! 2018 registration is FREE! Please register by clicking HERE or following the link below.

Sponsorship opportunities available!

Interested in highlighting your business or community organization by supporting UWindsor students? If you or someone you know are interested in helping sponsor UWill Discover Undergraduate Conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee ( Sponsorship opportunites are available at a variety of levels.

Education and Lancer's Lair Submissions Still Being Accepted!

University of Windsor students in any undergraduate discipline are eligible to participate the UWill Discover! 2018 conference and Lancer's Lair.

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 span multiple disciplines.

To start your submission click "Submit Proposal" under the Author Corner or CLICK HERE.

LANCER'S LAIR: Lancer's Lair will be offered as a special session during UWill Discover 2018, and 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. Interested students should select 'Lancer's Lair' as the 'Type of Proposal'.

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 Lancer's Lair will be guaranteed a spot at the final selection round.

Lancer's 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: Students will present their work as it relates to one of the 4 Grand Challenges listed below. 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.


Unsure about how to develop your presentation? Pre-conference workshops will help guide you in preparing your presentation.

Developing an Effective UWill Discover Presentation: Communication Strategies

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 1:00-3:00
Location: Erie G141
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)
Cost: Free!

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!

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

For access to information presented during the workshop, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee (

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

For access to information presented during the workshop, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee (

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