The 5th Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS2019)

About AURS2019

The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019 (AURS2019) will be held in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday the 3rd of November. This one day event is held in English and is aimed at final year undergraduate students. AURS provides undergraduates with an exciting opportunity to present and learn from researchers and professionals from around the globe. The AURS organisers are again reaching out to undergraduate scholars from across all fields and disciplines to participate in the 2019 symposium. Here, students will share their academic research experiences and the knowledge they have acquired as an undergraduate working with professors or academic mentors with each other, and with the symposium leaders.

The day-long symposium will comprise a number of workshop activities and culminate in a poster presentation to be held on Sunday the 3rd of November in a special session of the The Asian Conference on Education 2019 (ACE2019).

AURS2019, which takes place in a supportive and collegial environment in Tokyo, provides you with a motivating and thought-provoking opportunity to present your research, network with other undergraduates and academics from around the world, and find out how your participation in the symposium can aid you in your future directions.

About ACE

The Asian Conference on Education is one of the largest international interdisciplinary academic conferences in Asia, and includes The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS). All student presenters at AURS2019 will also have the chance to attend other academic sessions at ACE2019 as an observer on Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of November.

We look forward to seeing you in Tokyo in November!

The AURS2019 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
Professor Ted O’Neill, Gakushuin University, Japan

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
  • Symposium Date: Sunday, November 03, 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: August 22, 2019
  • Registration Deadline: September 19, 2019


  • Dr Yvonne Masters
    Dr Yvonne Masters
    University of New England, Australia
  • Professor José McClanahan
    Professor José McClanahan
    Creighton University, USA

Speakers at The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019 (AURS2019) will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.

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
University of New England, Australia


Dr Yvonne Masters is currently an adjunct senior lecturer with the University of New England, NSW, Australia. Her work there has been in teacher education, including as Director of Professional Experience. As an adjunct she continues to research in this area. Prior to her move to UNE Yvonne had 30 years' experience in secondary schools spanning three Australian states. Yvonne's research interests centre on teacher education and policy, professional experience, and virtual worlds. Yvonne was awarded her PhD on school principalship in October 2010 and she has gained, in collaboration with other researchers, four Internal School of Education Research grants, been 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. Her most recent research is in the field of undergraduate research, investigating both undergraduate experiences, and the role of faculty in this area of research. She is still an active researcher and presents on both teacher education policy and online teaching at a range of events. Yvonne is also the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Education as well as a peer reviewer for a range of other journals.

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Professor José McClanahan
Creighton University, USA


Dr Joseph (José) McClanahan is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Associate Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. There, he teaches at all levels of the curriculum, including language and culture courses abroad. He has taught in both Latin America and Spain. 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 that centres on new students entering the university. He has also led student educational trips to almost every continent on the globe.

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