Student Research Competition

The TALE Student Research Competition (SRC) is a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their technical communication skills. The TALE SRC give students the opportunity to share their research ideas and results in a special forum that provides visibility for their work and to meet with and interact with TALE research community. The TALE SRC will consist of two categories: undergraduate and graduate, with prizes awarded based on judging during the conference. A submission to the Student Research Competition should describe recently completed or ongoing student research in any area of engineering and engineering education.

  • Undergraduate submissions may represent individual or team research contributions by undergraduate students.
  • Graduate submissions must represent a student’s individual research contribution.
  • Supervisors are not allowed as co-authors.

Students will submit extended abstracts of 2 pages maximum (reference DO NOT count towards page length), which will be reviewed to determine acceptance into the SRC. The abstract will be made available on the conference website but will not be published in the conference proceedings. This allows the authors to submit their work to other venues at a later stage.

Abstract Template

Each submission should include

  • The author’s name, affiliation, and email address
  • Research advisor’s name and email address (students should get permission to participate in the SRC from supervisor before submitting their abstract)
  • Category (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Research title
  • An extended abstract (maximum 2 pages – not including references) containing the following sections:
    • Problem and Motivation: This section should clearly state the problem being addressed and the significance of solving this problem.
    • Related work and originality: This section should describe the state-of-the-art of this field and the existing solutions. Include references to the literature where appropriate and explain the originality/uniqueness of the proposed approach.
    • Research approach: This section should describe your proposed approach in detail.
    • Results and contributions: This section should clearly show how the results of your work (will) contribute to the research field and to the society.

Presentation Format

Each submission will be given 10 minutes in total for their presentation and Q&A. Creative presentations are welcomed (e.g. TED talk style, singing or dancing).

Selection Criterion

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on:

  • Quality of work
  • Novelty of approach
  • Significance of the contribution to the field of engineering and engineering education
  • Clarify of written abstract
  • Quality of visual and oral presentation


The top winners in the undergraduate and graduate categories as determined by the judges will receive a certificate and a souvenir. Depending on the number of participants, 1-3 honorary mentions will be selected in each category and will receive a certificate. Winners will be announced in the Closing Ceremony.

Submit to TALE Student Research Competition

Participants should register the extended abstract in a Google Form (
An audience registration to the TALE 2020 main conference is required to participate in the Student Research Competition (
We strongly encourage participation from undergraduate students – you are judged in a separate category from graduate students, be brave to give it a shot!

Key Dates

  • Deadline for submission of application with abstract: 31th October 2020
  • Notification: 4th November 2020
  • Early-bird registration deadline: 7th November 2020