U of T Scarborough Undergraduate Research & Creative Forum

The UTSC Library and the Office of the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation are proud sponsors of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Forum (URCF). The URCF gives talented UTSC students an opportunity to gain experience disseminating research, scholarship, and creative activities to an academic community and develop their presentation skills. The Forum also gives students a platform to share their experiences so that other UTSC students can learn more about the accomplishments and research or creative interests of their peers.

Eligibility | Criteria | How to apply | The Forum | Recognition | Important Dates | More Information

 

Eligibility

All student currently enrolled in a UTSC undergraduate degree program, from any major and all academic levels of study, are eligible to present their work in one of two presentation streams: 

  • Creative Project
  • Research Project

All students must have faculty support to publicly present their research or creative project. 

Undergraduate research and creative activities being presented must have been pursued during the Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Winter 2024 terms. Students cannot submit the same project as last year unless there are significant changes or advancements in the final outcome.  

 

Criteria

The Forum focuses on knowledge translation, which refers to the translation of research activities and findings into knowledge available to others beyond academia. In the context of a creative project this could involve the student describing their creative process and/or outputs to the audience in order to give the audience insights into the work of creative professionals. Information must be presented in accessible, non-technical, non-specialist language that can be understood by a layperson or non-specialist as well as by the expert. 

 

Application Process

  1. Complete the submission form by the February 27, 2024 deadline.

    Your application must be submitted to one of the two streams: Research Project OR Creative Project

    Summaries cannot exceed 300 words. Refer to the FAQs for additional guidance on what to include in your summary.  

  2. Ask your faculty supervisor / instructor to complete and submit the faculty support form. Student submissions must be accompanied by a faculty support form to be eligible. 

Successful applicants will be contacted on March 4, 2024 by noon. It is crucial that all applicants check their U of T email accounts on March 4th to find out if they were chosen to be a finalist as they must confirm their participation and then attend a mandatory info session on either March 5 or 6, 2024 (applicants will have indicated which session they will attend if selected to be a finalist when completing the online submission form).

 

The Forum

The 2024 Forum will showcase the scholarship and creative activities of UTSC undergraduate students in-person on April 2, 2024.

Each finalist's research or creative display will be available for viewing in the UTSC Meeting Place from 1:30pm-3:30pm on April 2, 2024, with finalists on hand to present their work, answer questions and received feedback from fellow UTSC students, faculty, staff, librarians, family and friends. 

Digital facsimiles of the displays will also be posted on the library website for viewing prior to and after the URCF. 

 

Recognition

All finalists will receive a notation on their transcript as part of Co-Curricular Record program, and an honorarium to recognize their research and creative excellence.

Finalists’ displays and any supplemental links will be posted to the UTSC Library website, with the invitation to have a digital version of their work permanently archived in TSpace.

 

Important Dates

  • Drop-in information sessions [in-person tabling outside the Library]:
    • January 30, 2024 10:30-11:30am
    • January 31, 2024 2:30-3:30pm
  • Proposal submission deadline: February 27, 2024 at 12:00pm (noon)
  • Finalists contacted: March 4, 2024 by noon
  • Finalists confirm participation and attend a mandatory info session: March 5-6, 2024 
  • Finalists info session, skill building workshops and feedback sessions: March 2024 (finalists will be contacted directly with exact dates and further information)
  • Final submission deadline: March 25, 2024 5:00pm
  • URCF: April 2, 2024 1:30-3:30pm, UTSC Meeting Place with remarks, live presentations and Q&A with finalists. 

 

More information

Contact your liaison librarian or review our Frequently Asked Questions.

If require accommodations, please advise Nina Adamo or AccessAbility Services before the submission deadline.