More about the UBC Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference

UBC’s Speech and Linguistics Student Association (SALSA) is partnering with the UBC Language Sciences Initiative to organize a brand new undergraduate conference for language and communication studies!

The Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (LSURC) is set to take place on February 2 & 3, 2017. Doors open at 4:30pm and the conference will run from 5:00-7:30pm.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for LSURC is now open until December 5, 2016 at 11:59pm!

Eligible presenters are those conducting research on any topic related to language or communication and who are either (a) current undergraduate students or (b) recent graduates from an undergraduate program who have not yet entered a graduate program.

Submit an abstract by following the application submission instructions below. Presentation and abstract details are found on our website

Abstract Submission: Two-step process

  • 1) Fill in Application form HERE:
    • Presentation and presenter information
    • Choice of oral or poster presentation
  • 2) Email your abstract to with the title “LSURC2017 Abstract Submission”.
    • Abstracts must be in PDF format and follow the guidelines given below.
    • Confirm that you have filled in the Application form

Abstract format

  • PDF, 300 words max. (including references)
  • Make sure information is accessible to attendees who are not in your field of study. Explain any jargon or unfamiliar terms if used.
  • Do NOT include names on document or file name.
  • Name your PDF file with the title of the presentation.

Survey of Interest

Please follow the link to complete this 1-minute survey by THIS FRIDAY, November 4 at 11:59pm: if…

  • you are an eligible presenter interested in attending or presenting at LSURC; or
  • you are not an eligible presenter (ex. graduate students, faculty members) but are interested in attending LSURC.

Invited Speakers

We are excited to announce our plenary speakers who will be discussing language sciences research from a variety of disciplines!

  • Dr. Bryan Gick (Dept. of Linguistics): Simulating Talking Bodies
  • Dr. Bonny Norton (Dept. of Language & Literacy Education)Digital Storytelling and Social Change in Classrooms and Communities
  • Dr. Janet Werker (Dept. of Psychology): Language Acquisition: First Steps in Infancy