2015 Conference Video

"Research Starts Now"

NUI Galway's first ever Undergraduate Research Conference 2015

The 2015 Conference saw over fifty undergraduate delegates particpate in chairing, presenting and leading a multi-discplinary supportive event.

Here are the Schedule, Abstracts, Poster and Organising Committee information. 


Conference Programme



Registration open all day available from 9.30am

Pick up your Conference pack

Read conference abstracts online

Network with exhibit stands and Conference Posters 

Keynotes 10.15am

"Welcome" Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice President for Research

"How to Conference" Undergraduate Student from Conference Steering Committee

"Research Postgraduate Study at NUI Galway" Anna Marie Leonard, Graduate Studies Office and Cian Moran, Hardiman PhD Scholar

"Research Skills for your Personal and Professional Developmet"  Josephine Walsh, Career Development Centre

Parallel 1 Session 11.15am

Break out groups and Undergraduate Presentations:

The importance of play and Early Years Table No. A-1
The Role of Acculturation, Family Functioning and Health Self-Efficacy in Adolescents Living in Ireland A-1
Young adults’ attitudes toward help seeking for emotional and personal problems' A-1
Community Profile of Athlone Accommodation Centre at Lissywollen A-2
Historical Impacts of EU Constitutional Reform and Implications for EU law A-2
Questioning Constitutionally, the fifth amendment, disability and false confessions A-2
Role of the Nurse in the Prevention & Management of Neutropenia A-3
Social Cognition, Parental Relationships & Schizotypy A-3
Triage: Factors influencing its ability, accuracy of Decision Making and Reliability triage scale in the Emergency Department A-3
Feeding Patterns of the Lesser Spotted Dogfish (Scyliorhinus canicula) Inhabiting Inshore Nephrops norvegicus Fishing Grounds A-4
Cloning fragments of Syndecan 2 to create an SDC2-Fc fusion peptide A-4
Their Dark Materials: How the National Theatre’s adaptation captured the essence of Philip Pullman’s 'His Dark Materials' A-5
“What they did was worse”: Do advantageous comparisons influence our moral judgement when confronted with acts of violent extremism? A-5
To what extent was the New Deal successful in overcoming the consequences of the Great Depression of 1929? A-5

Parallel 2 Session 12.15pm

Break out groups and Undergraduate Presentations:

Inviting global perspectives into the diverse Irish classroom: restraints of a Westernised curriculum at Junior Certificate level  Table No. B-1
Assessing parental knowledge and attitues towards HIV status disclosure in schools B-1
The Home Economics teacher as leader within the school community: A reflection B-2
All the Heroes Wear Black: Superhero Cinema in the Post-Millennial Age B-2
How to Understand Financial Markets B-3
Contribution to research of concrete strength prediction by ultrasonic pulse velocity test: influence of cement consumption B-3
Digital Control of a Magnetic Suspension System B-4
Free Feet: A device to reduce freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease B-4
A Browser-based Activity Monitoring and Analysis Tool B-5
Exploring the aesthetic font preference of adults with mild intellectual disability B-5
The Distorted Male Gaze in a Growing Cyber Society B-5

Lunch 1.15

Buffet lunch served in the Cube

Parallel 3 Session 2.15pm

Break out groups and undergraduate Presentations:

An evaluation of the prevalence of childhood trauma in individuals attending an adult mental health service. Table No. C-1
The appropriate balance between justice and peace in conflict resolution efforts? C-1
Report from a survey on technology usage among university students. C-2
Ferrocement hull: A Small Contribution for Shipbuilding in Riverside Communities C-2
Investigation of the Role of DNA Methylation in Regulating Toll-Like Receptor Activity C-3
Fabrication of electro-spun poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid scaffolds functionalised with dextran sulphate for tendon repair C-3
The verbs of existence in Spanish and Irish: a comparative analysis of ser and is in predicate adjective constructions. C-4
Why were questions around language so important in Galicia in the period from 1867 to 1914? C-4
Development of A Natural Marine Products Library C-5
An in vitro model of heart valve disease: A pilot study C-5

Closing Keynotes 3.15pm

In the Press

Read the 2015 Press Release

Conference Supporters

The conference is supported by a number of units and individuals.

Student and Staff Conference Steering Group
Undergraduate Students:
Michael Craughwell
Brian Dooley
Emma Higgins
Daniel Lim
Jason Walsh
Kanika Wadhwa
Sarah-Jane Smith
Sherdya Worthy Tio
Katie Fallon
Jelsin Pea
Navian Lee
Nathalia Andrade
Theresa O'Rourke

Staff Mentors:
Lorraine Tansey, NUI Galway
Dr. Maria Gallo, St. Angela's College Sligo
NUI Galway Research Office

A big thanks to the team for booking meeting space for the conference organising committee to meet!

Research Office support:
Joanne O'Connor, PA to Vice President for Research
Orla Baxter
Clodagh Barry
Conference Presenters & Exhibitors

Valerie Leahy, Postgraduate Recruitment Officer, Marketing and Communications Office, NUI Galway

Anna Marie Leonard, Graduate Studies Office,Research and Innovation Centre, NUI Galway

Jospehine Walsh, Career Development Consultant, Career Development Centre, NUI Galway


EXPLORE supports NUI Galway students and staff to partner up and deliver their innovative ideas. The Undergraduate Research Conference is made possible by EXPLORE funding.

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