The Student Research Conference
The annual Student Research Conference (SRC) in the Netherlands gives bachelor students of Dutch and Flemish universities (of applied sciences) of all disciplines the opportunity to present their research at an academic conference. The SRC is a contest exclusively for undergraduate research and follows common academic practice: after a call for papers, a committee of experienced researches reviews the submitted papers, selects the approx. 60 best for a workshop or a poster presentation and provides feedback on all the papers. The students incorporate this feedback in their papers, after which they give a presentation at the conference and in this way compete for the Student Research Awards.
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The SRC welcomes diversity and has a multidisciplinary perspective: everybody who wants to (and qualifies for the SRC) can submit their paper, regardless of the field of study. All submitted papers are reviewed by a Review Committee of professors, teachers and lecturers of different Dutch and Flemish universities (of applied sciences). They pay attention to the paper's quality of research, its relevance to society and originality. On the basis of the RC's judgement, approx. 60 students will be invited to present their research through a workshop or a poster presentation at the day of the conference. In addition to that, these students will receive their (first) publication in the SRC's open acess e-journal, SURE! In short, submitting your paper may lead to a peer-reviewed paper by professors and teachers to be published in an open access e-journal, which is publicly available for a large audience. All these factors make participation an unique experience.
At the conference, leading scientists within different disciplines will give mini-lectures, and moreover, there are several Awards to be granted. Up until 2014, there were only three awards to be given; the Best Poster Award, the SRC Award and the Honourable Mention, but since 2016, the prizes for the workshop presentations have been divided into different prize categories. These categories are 'Medical & Health', 'Language, Culture & Law', 'Exact' and 'Economy and Society'. Who will win these awards will be decided by the SRC Jury, which consists of members of the RC. Each of the four categories has one award of 1000 euro. In every category there is one public award worth of 750 euro, after a pitch given by the chosen students the public wil vote who wins. At last there is an award for the best poster presenter worth of 500 euro!
These prestigious awards are the only prizes for research in the undergraduate programs of all universities (of applied sciences) in the Netherlands and Flanders. That leads every year to publicity, which again may arise special opportunities. A few years ago, the winner received several job offers within the academic research field and was invited along with a winner of the Spinoza Award for having lunch with King Willem-Alexander. The winner of 2010 was asked by a South African producer to develop a prototype of its solar cooker in South Africa.