NEUROXCHANGE CONFERENCE 2021

May 8th 2021 Virtually on Hopin

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Understanding
the brain is about
understanding who we are.

The NeuroXChange Conference (NXC) is a Ontario-wide undergraduate research conference that brings together undergraduate students to showcase and discuss research in the field of neuroscience. The conference provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to explore their interest in neuroscience and encourages their ongoing growth in the field as they continue into graduate or professional studies.

The conference will feature undergraduate student poster and oral presentations, two panels with professionals from the neurosciences and mental health fields, and two keynote speakers. Honorariums will be awarded to outstanding oral and poster presentations, as determined by a panel of judges.

Any undergraduate students involved in neuroscience research at a university in Canada are welcome to present at the conference. Anyone interested in neuroscience research is welcome to attend.

NXC showcases all fields of neuroscience.

  • Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience

    The study of biological substrates underlying cognition and mental processes. This includes theoretical modelling of information processing properties and cognitive function.

  • Health & Clinical Neuroscience

    The study of the nervous system as it relates to neurosciences, psychiatric disorders and mental health.

  • Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

    The study of neurons at the cellular and molecular levels, ranging from the study of neuronal physiological properties to protein chemistry.

  • Systems & Behavioural Neuroscience

    The study of neural circuits, systems and pathways of information flow and their role in influencing behaviour.

Who Can Attend?

Attendees

Anyone may attend, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.

The cost for attendees is free, but your presence must still be booked in advance.

Presentees

Students must be undergraduate students currently attending a Canadian University and must be involved or have previously taken part in the research project they are presenting.

The research project must be completed under the supervision of a faculty member at a university located within Canada. The student must obtain consent from their supervisor to present the research project. The presenter must ensure their research is in accordance with one of the research areas in neuroscience listed above.

The research must be consistent with McMaster University's Academic Integrity Guidelines .

For more information on registration, and types of presentations, visit the Presenter Info tab.

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Speakers

Dr. Iris M. Balodis
Mental Health Keynote Speaker
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University
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Dr. Paul Frankland
Neuroscience Keynote Speaker
Senior Scientist in the program in Neurosciences & Mental Health at the Hospital for Sick Children
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Presenter Info

Presenter Eligibility

  • Undergraduate student currently attending a Canadian University
  • Currently involved or have previously taken part in the research project being presented
  • The research project has been completed under the supervision of a faculty member at a university located within Canada
  • The student has obtained consent from their supervisor to present the research project.
  • The research project is in accordance with one of the research areas in neuroscience (listed under the About Section)
  • The research is consistent with McMaster University's Academic Integrity Guidelines.

Types of Presentation

Poster Presentation

Students will prepare and present a poster summarizing neuroscience research that they were involved in. Poster presentations will be evaluated by multiple judges during one of two presentation periods. Pitch to the judges should not exceed 5 minutes. Evaluation criteria include the quality of the content, visualization, and presentation of the poster.

Registration

To register as a poster presenter, involves submitting the abstract for your poster (300 words or less). All abstracts submitted for poster presentations are accepted provided that the research to be presented relates to one of the Research Areas in neuroscience. Applications close on Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Fill out this Google Form to apply:

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Presentation Information

Presentation information will be released once registrations are opened. In general the information that should be presented include: Title, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion, and References.

Oral Presentation

Students will prepare a TEDx-style presentation summarizing the key points of neuroscience research that they were involved in. The foremost purpose of the oral presentations is to provide an entertaining account of discoveries in neuroscience. Presentations will be strictly 7 minutes in length, and are followed by a brief question period.

Registration

Students who wish to be oral presenters must submit an abstract of their research in the application. In addition to the abstract, the submission of a video is strongly encouraged, but not required. The video does not have to be on the same topic they wish to present at the conference, but rather is intended as a demonstration of your presentation skills. If you choose to submit a video, please upload your file onto YouTube and provide us with the link in the application form. Successful applicants will be contacted via email. Applications close on Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Fill out this google form to apply:

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Presentation Information

All selected oral presenters will be contacted and provided with guidelines for their presentation. If you are not selected as an oral presenter, you have the option to be considered to present as a poster presenter.

Benefits of Presentation

Honorariums will be awarded for the most outstanding poster and oral presentations, as determined by a panel of graduate judges.

Publication of the abstract on McMaster Meducator Journal and Psynapse will be awarded to outstanding presentations, as determined by a panel of graduate judges.

The Meducator is McMaster University’s open-access, peer-reviewed undergraduate health sciences journal. Through biannual publications, our journal aims to critically address current issues with a high degree of scientific rigour, but also remain accessible to a broad audience. The Psynapse: McMaster Undergraduate Journal of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour is the first journal dedicated to publishing McMaster undergraduate research under the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and behaviour. The journal focuses on creating a literary community to ultimately enable meaningful academic discussions. A focus on effective science communication further allows the Psynapse to connect with the rest of the student community.

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