Over the last month, I’ve been working with two groups of undergraduate presenters, as they prepare to present their work at the 2021 International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR). Then this week, I was lucky enough to facilitate their two sessions and see them present their work.
What a wonderful experience!
My mind was blown watching these beginning-researchers present ideas and work that was crazy brave and super innovative. What I particularly liked was seeing the presenters be bold enough to put their ideas forward to a global audience. I mean, while it was very much a safe space, it still took real courage for them to open up their work to scrutiny – for the 1st time.
My personal reflections? Be brave and confident enough in your ideas and work, to put it out there for people to see. Trust your instincts. Everyone has a great idea or an interesting story within them. But not everyone has the courage to show that to a wider audience. I want to be the brave guy.
A quick blurb about the conference:
ICUR was established through a collaboration between staff at Monash University and the University of Warwick in 2013, and is supported by the Monash Warwick Alliance between these two leading universities. ICUR now annually includes up to thirteen institutions across five continents.