Vidyodaya Undergraduate Research Day (VURD)

Vidyodaya Undergraduate Research Day (VURD 2023/2024) is organized by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura under the theme of “Embracing Modern Trends in Humanities and Social Sciences”. The conference focuses on uplifting the skills of the undergraduates and providing an exposure to ascertain and share novel knowledge through research related to the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences

Since the motive of the Vidyodaya Undergraduate Research Day (VURD) is to foster a dynamic culture of research among undergraduates, particularly the students of the final year, the program will comprise the following activities:

Pre-conference training

The students who write an undergraduate dissertation are trained by their supervisors appointed by the relevant Departments. Training will also be provided to the students through workshops on writing abstracts and develop a journal article from thesis.


The publication of undergraduate research abstracts is given primary importance as a form of recognizing their research efforts. With the supervisors’ permission, the students may use the names of their supervisors as joint publishers.

Day of Research

The selected abstracts will be presented by the undergraduates with the participation of the academic staff of the faculty.

Call for Abstracts

The Vidyodaya Undergraduate Research Day invites the undergraduates, whose dissertations are currently being evaluated, to submit their abstracts for presentation at the VURD 2023/2024.

The conference is to be held on 12th of October, 2023. Submit your abstract, under one of the conference tracks,  on or before 10th July 2023.


  • All the presenters are awarded a certificate as a presenter of the conference.
  • Twenty-one best abstracts will be recognized through a double-blind review process by an expert panel. These presenters will be given a special certificate.
  • From these abstracts, an outstanding seven abstracts will be published as a full paper in a reputed journal, given that the author agrees to do so. A double-blind review process will be conducted before publishing the full papers.

Abstract Writing Workshop

Conference Tracks

  • Crime, Society and Human Behaviour
  • History, Archaeology and Geography
  • IT, GIS and Statistics
  • Languages, Literature and Communication
  • Philosophy and Psychology
  • Politics and Economy
  • Religion, Culture and Aesthetics

Vidyodaya Undergraduate Research Day (VURD) 2023

Important Dates

Abstract writing workshop – 13th June 2023
Submission deadline for abstracts – 10th of July 2023
Notification of acceptance – 31th of July 2023
Submission of revised abstracts – 11th August 2023
Conference date – 12th October 2023


Dr. K. B. Deepal Gunasena

Conference Chair/ VURD – 2024

Dr. Witharandeniye Chandasiri Thero

Conference Secretary/ VURD – 2024