Heart of Texas Undergraduate Research Conference (HoT)

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Sign up deadline extended to March 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST due to TX winter weather delays – Abstract Submission Form: HERE

Baylor Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology, the Hillis Scholars, and the Science Research Fellows invite you to the inaugural HoT Conference! 

HoT Mission 

While presentation opportunities have been limited recently due to COVID-19, the need for undergraduate researchers to cultivate their research experiences still remains. Thus, we seek to fill this need by hosting a live virtual conference within the central Texas community so undergraduates can safely learn about research and make meaningful connections with fellow researchers. We also aim to support Baylor’s pursuit of R1/T1 status by highlighting excellence in undergraduate research and bringing more awareness of research opportunities on Baylor’s campus. Additionally, we hope that this event will unite the research community at Baylor as faculty, graduate students, and undergrads come together to showcase their work and learn from each other. 

Benefits of HoT Conference 

  • Research presentation practice & individualized feedback on presentation improvement 

  • Talks from current undergraduate students in various STEM fields

  • Opportunities to network with graduate school programs and have your questions answered 

  • Connections with current MD/PhD and PhD students & central Texas undergraduate researchers 

  • Conference opportunity that can be listed on a resume/CV

  • Awards & prizes

Eligibility 

Undergraduate researchers of any classification from central Texas universities may attend and present their work. Individual and group research presentations are acceptable (see the FAQs tab for more info on group presentations). Presented research doesn't have to be a personal independent project, as long as the student was in some way a part of the research study and they have clearance from their mentor/professor. Research proposals and methodologies of a current study can quality. It would be helpful to have some preliminary data or at least rationale on why a current hypothesis is proposed and the future direction that the project would take if no data are available yet. We'd like undergraduates to present about research that they are directly involved with or are assisting with, so literature reviews are not the preferred presentation type for this conference.     

Presentations 

Undergraduates may present their research from any STEM field (see abstract submission form for full list of STEM fields).  Group presentations are allowed (see the FAQs tab for more info). Presenters will be divided into divisions by field and include undergraduates from various colleges so that students have an opportunity to learn about research at other institutions. Research presentations will be given in a live virtual, oral format using a powerpoint over Zoom (view Presentation Tips tab for more info). Presentations should be no longer than 12 minutes and will be followed by 3-5 minutes of questions from a judging panel of Baylor faculty and graduate researchers as well as any conference attendees. Feedback from the judges will be sent to all presenters following the end of HoT. Awards will be given to outstanding presentations per division. 

How to Attend

Students should complete the Conference Sign-Up Form and submit an abstract at this link https://forms.gle/u5ktWfSt9GHwE7f77 by Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST. After the deadline, abstracts will be compiled into a conference program and students will be emailed about their specific presentation time on March 27, 2021. 

Follow us on Instagram @BaylorBURST for more HoT Conference information. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact BURST at baylorburst@gmail.com

Available STEM Fields: 

Anthropology

Biochemistry 

Biology: Cell & Molecular Biology 

Biology: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 

Chemistry 

Computer Science 

Engineering 

Environmental Science

Geoscience 

Mathematics

Neuroscience 

Physics

Physiology 

Psychology 

Public Health 

Sociology