Western Research Forum

Are you looking to gain conference experience this academic year? 
Do you have a research-based course paper, major research paper (MRP), capstone project, research project, or thesis you’re currently working on? 
Are you interested in presenting your work to Western’s graduate community? 

Look no further than the Western Research Forum (WRF)

Established in 1987, the WRF is the largest multidisciplinary graduate research conference at Western. Organized by the SOGS Academic Committee, the conference is held annually in March.

The aim of this conference is to provide a platform for graduate students to share their innovative work to a wide audience and discuss how their research transcends academic boundaries.

The Western Research Forum is valuable and unique in that it is designed for researchers to engage with others outside their field, with the goal of exchanging thoughts and exploring ideas from various perspectives.


  • 📆 Friday, March 15th, 2024
  • 🕰️ 8:45 AM to 4 PM
  • 🏛️ Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB) atriums (upper & lower)
  • 🗣️ Keynotes & 5-minute oral presentations
  • 📝 100 poster presentations
  • 😍 Everyone is welcome to attend!
  • 🌐 Scholarship@Western

For more information about the Western Research Forum, including current and past conference abstracts, supplemental material, photos, and videos, please visit Scholarship@Western.

If you would like to get involved with the Academic Committee, please contact SOGS VP Academic at academic@sogs.ca.

Past Conferences

2023 Western Research Forum

The annual WESTERN RESEARCH FORUM will take place on Friday, March 17th from 9:15am to 3:30PM. The conference will be held in the IGAB atrium. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information on the 2023 WESTERN RESEARCH FORUM, head over to Scholarship@Western.

Check out the 2023 PROGRAM to see who is presenting posters, short talks, and keynote presentations.

2022 Western Research Forum

This year, the 2022 WRF will provide graduate students the opportunity to deliver a keynote presentation, 10 minute oral presentation, or an interactive poster presentation! Prizes for best oral and poster presentations will be given out, along with participation giveaways throughout each day. Further details can be found below: 

  • Dates:  Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16, 2022
  • Cost: Free (funded by the Society of Graduate Students) 
  • Location: Virtual, hosted through Whova (desktop and mobile app versions available to download for free) 
  • Peer Reviewed Abstracts: Yes
  • Format: Open to all campus community members to attend 

For more information, please email the SOGS Academic Committee Chair at wrf@sogs.ca OR the SOGS Vice-President Academic at academic@sogs.ca.

CHECK OUT THE PROGRAM HERE! Learn what your peers are up to and see who is presenting.

Not presenting, but want to attend? Download the Whova app and read below:

2019 Western Research Forum

The Western Research Forum 2019 will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019.

Extended deadline: January 25, 2019

Abstract Guidelines

Applicants will be required to indicate their preferred format(s) for presenting their abstract. The presentation options are (can choose more than one):

1) 5-minute oral presentation: These presentations will be 5 minutes long with no time for questions. Applicants accepted for this type of presentation will also be given the option to present a poster on their abstract during the poster session.

2) 12-minute oral presentation (keynote): These presentations will be 12 minutes long with 3 minutes for questions. Applicants accepted for these spaces will not be given the option to present a poster during the poster session.

3) Poster: Presenters will be asked to be available to answer questions during a dedicated poster viewing time.

4) Poster and 1-minute lightning talk: Presenters will be asked to be available to answer questions during a dedicated poster viewing time, and will be given 1 minute and 1 slide to present their research prior to the poster presentations presentations.

Other important information:

  • Abstracts at any stage of research (proposals, interim, or completed studies) may be submitted.
  • Each author may only submit one abstract as the first author, but may be listed as a co-author on an unlimited number of abstracts.
  • There is a 250 word limit for abstracts (excluding title and headings).
  • Abstracts are not required to include headings. However, if you would like to include them, the following headings (if applicable) are an example of how you may want to organize your abstract: Background, Hypothesis, Methods, Results, Discussion.
  • Proper spelling and grammar are required.
  • Figures, tables and pictures are not permitted in the abstract, but may be included as supplemental information during the submission process.
  • Oral presentations and a workshop by the Centre for Teaching and Learning will take place in the morning from 9:00-12:00 pm in WIRB 1170, followed by lunch at the Grad Club.
  • The poster session will take place in the Physics and Astronomy Atrium from 1:00-2:30 pm. The event is free to attend and all are welcome.

The deadline to submit an abstract is January 25, 2019 (deadline extended). To submit an abstract, go to “Author Corner” on the sidebar menu and select “Submit Abstract”. To create a Scholarship@Western account, please click HERE and select “Sign up”.

All abstracts will undergo a blind, peer-reviewed process. Spaces are limited, but all accepted abstracts will at least be given the option of presenting a poster. Authors will be notified of their abstract acceptance/rejection by early February, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please contact academic.committee@sogs.ca

2018 Western Research Forum

The SOGS Academic Committee is proud to host the annual Western Research Forum on Friday, March 16, 2018 (9am-3pm). As a university-wide interdisciplinary conference, we offer all graduate students the opportunity to present their work to researchers from various fields.  This year’s theme is “Controversy: Challenging the Boundaries in Research”, featuring research that invites discussion and transcends academic boundaries.

Morning talks will take place in North Campus Building, Room 113.

9:00 – 10:15am – Graduate Oral Presentations

  • Navigating Through the Challenges of Healthcare Simulated Education, Ryan Chan and Adam Morse
  • Clarifying Dopaminergic Projections of the Ventral Tegmental Area and Substantia Nigra in Humans using Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nicholas Handfield-Jones
  • Ceilometer Measurements from The University of Western Ontario of Smoke from the Extraordinary Fires of 2017 in Western Canada, Achini Abayakoon
  • Creative Subversion: Challenging Sociocultural Silencing in Schools, Kelly Bylica
  • Improving Canadian Indigenous Health: Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease, Sukhmeet Sachal

10:30 – 11:00am – Featured Graduate Speaker, Amber White, Faculty of Education 
11:00 – 12:00pm – Keynote Speaker, Shelley McKellar, Department of History; Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry 
At noon, the Forum will move to the Grad Club for a free buffet lunch.

Following the lunch, the rest of the Forum will take place in the Physics and Astronomy Building Atrium.

1:15 – 2:30pm – Graduate Poster Presentations
2:30 – 3:00pm – Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks

For the full program, please see this link. 

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