The 6th Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS2021)

Special Announcement: AURS2021 will be held Online

Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, IAFOR has made the decision to hold AURS2021 entirely online via Zoom.

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Join us Online for AURS2021!

Saturday, November 27, 2021 | Tokyo, Japan and Online

About AURS2021

Career Making, Capacity Building, Network Enhancing, Professionally Developing, Personally Growing... and Fun!
Present in a supportive environment. Hear the latest research. Network and create new relationships. Join a global academic community. Does this sound appealing?
Are you in the process of completing or have you just completed an undergraduate research project? Join students from across the globe online at an international and interdisciplinary undergraduate symposium.
You can present your research and develop your presentation skills, as well as make new contacts and network with students and professors.

Through AURS you will learn and hone how to:
- present yourself, your ideas and your research in different academic environments and structures, including in formal poster sessions and more informal networking sessions
- interact across national and cultural borders - the last AURS was attended by students from more than 25 countries
- communicate with peers and professors from different universities and countries in an international environment

While this symposium is taking place in an academic context, many of the communicative skills, notably discussion, networking, and presentation are transferable skills that can be used effectively in different business situations as well.

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

The AURS2021 Organising Committee

Dr Yvonne Masters, University of New England, Australia
Professor Joseph (José) C. McClanahan, Creighton University, United States
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Dr Grant Black, Chuo University, Japan
Christian Alexander Klinke, The IAFOR Research Centre, Japan

Key Information


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

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-in-Chief 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 (UNE), 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.

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, United States


Joseph (José) McClanahan, PhD, 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.