The 6th Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS2021)

Join us in Tokyo for AURS2021!

Saturday, November 27, 2021 | Tokyo, Japan

About AURS2021

The 6th Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS) was meant to be held in 2020 and then COVID-19 intervened. What followed was a year where many, including academics and researchers, felt isolated and as though working in a vacuum. As we begin to emerge from isolation, 2021 is the time to build networks and share with others once more. We are thrilled to announce that this year, AURS will be held on Saturday, November 27 in Tokyo, Japan. This one-day event gives final-year undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to present their research to peers and academics from all over the world, reconnect with the research community, and learn in a supportive environment.

We, the AURS Organising Committee, are reaching out to undergraduate scholars from all fields and disciplines to participate in the 2021 symposium. The day-long event features a range of engaging workshop activities designed to improve presentation skills and techniques for handling Q&A sessions with finesse. The culmination of AURS2021 is a poster presentation during a special session of The Asian Conference on Education (ACE2021), one of the largest international interdisciplinary academic conferences in Asia. All student presenters who register for AURS2021 will also be able to attend ACE2021 as an observer on Sunday, November 28.

AURS2021 is a unique event that allows you to learn the benefits and challenges of presenting at an international conference, to share your experiences, knowledge and ideas with like-minded others, and to gain unique insight from respected experts, professionals and symposium leaders – a valuable experience that will set you apart from other undergraduates. Discover how your participation in AURS2021 can aid you in your future directions.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you in Tokyo in November!

The AURS2021 Organising Committee

Dr Yvonne Masters, University of New England, Australia
Professor José McClanahan, Creighton University, USA
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
  • Symposium Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: September 01, 2021
  • Registration Deadline: October 14, 2021


  • Dr Yvonne Masters
    Dr Yvonne Masters
    Independent Researcher, Australia
  • Professor José McClanahan
    Professor José McClanahan
    Creighton University, USA

Why Join an IAFOR Conference?

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

Our conferences are meticulously planned under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programmes of the highest level, and are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), Barcelona University (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), University of Sussex (UK), Medill School of Journalism (USA), Moscow State University (Russia) and The University of Tokyo, (Japan).

By facilitating dialogue between the world’s academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

Dr Yvonne Masters
Independent Researcher, Australia


Yvonne Masters is an independent researcher in Australia. She has been involved with IAFOR for several years as a member of The Asian Conference for Education Organising Committee, as co-facilitator of The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium, and as a member of the International Academic Advisory Board. Yvonne is the current editor of the IAFOR Journal of Education, a Scopus indexed, open access journal on education.

Yvonne was a teacher and teacher educator for over 40 years and is still passionate about education. She was a senior lecturer in Professional Classroom Practice in the School of Education, University of New England, Australia, a position that she accepted after five years as Director of Professional Experience in the same School. Prior to taking up her position at UNE, she had 30 years’ experience in secondary schools including in the roles of Curriculum Coordinator, Deputy Principal and Principal. Her teaching experience spans three Australian states. Her research interests centre on undergraduate research, academic publication, teacher education and policy, professional experience, teacher identity, online learning and virtual worlds. Yvonne was awarded her PhD, focused on school principalship, from Deakin University.

She is an active researcher and gained, in collaboration with other researchers, 4 Internal UNE School of Education Research grants; was a partner in a $200,000 ALTC (OLT) grant, VirtualPREX: Innovative assessment using a 3D virtual world with pre-service teachers; in 2014 achieved a UNE Seed Grant for a one year project to explore teacher quality; and in 2015 gained a $50,000 OLT seed grant to develop resources to assist pre-service teachers to gain online teaching skills to assist them in teaching wholly online into virtual schools.

Yvonne serves as a reviewer for several education journals and is a senior reviewer for IAFOR conferences. She presents on a variety of education topics including publishing as an academic, teacher education policy, undergraduate research, and online teaching at a range of conferences, both Australian and international.

Professor José McClanahan
Creighton University, USA


Joseph (José) McClanahan, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and an Associate Professor of Spanish at Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska. There, he teaches at all levels of the curriculum, including language, literature and culture. He has taught in Spain, Latin America and Japan. Recently, his research interests have focused on the area of teaching courses related to Languages for Special Purposes, in particular courses related to teaching Spanish to future healthcare professionals. He also has a strong interest in curricular development and design from a language perspective and also focuses on new students entering the university. He has had several summer research grants to work with undergraduate students who are doing research in the Humanities. He has also led student educational trips to every continent on the globe.

A message from the IAFOR Board of Directors on the impact of COVID-19 on our activities.