Programs for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)

This is a student‐initiated program. Students submit a research proposal and find a suitable Faculty member supervisor working in a related area. Awards of $3000, $4500 or $6000 are available for fulltime positions of 8 weeks, 12 weeks or 16 weeks duration. Applications are made to the Office of the Provost (U of C).

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

This award is for undergraduate students in the Natural Sciences or Engineering fields who are interested in holding a student position (16‐week full time position) within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This is a student‐initiated program. Students find a Faculty member supervisor who has a suitable project and who is a valid NSERC Discovery‐grant holder. Applications are submitted to the host department.

NSERC Industrial Undergraduate Student Awards (Industrial USRA)

This award is for undergraduate students in the Natural Sciences or Engineering fields and it is held outside the university setting at one or more NSERC‐approved R&D facility chosen by the student (16‐week full time position). Applications are made to the host organization.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships – Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)‐programs/en/

These scholarships are designed to foster research and work experience in an international setting (Germany).Details available from the International Student Programs, Faculty of Science (U of C)

Undergraduate Student Research Program in Health and Wellness (USRP)

This program provides students with the opportunity to partner with a faculty mentor with similar research interests in health and wellness over either the summer or fall and winter session. In the summer there are 30 studentships of $6000 available and during the fall and winter session there are 15 studentships of $4000 available. Students from all faculties are welcome to apply.

Graeme Bell Travel Awards (In Health & Wellness)

Two Travel Awards may be given for each of the February and September application sessions. To be eligible the student research must fall under the large umbrella of “Health and Wellness” and travel must fall within the specific period of time outlined in the application (between June 2010 and February 2011).

O’Brien Center Funding (Summer Studentships)

The O’Brien Centre Summer Studentships are meant to encourage students to consider pursuing work experience in health research. Domestic and international studentship awards are offered up to $7000. The award may be held for a minimum of 2 months, and a maximum of 4 months during the period of May to August. Completed applications must be received by Friday, February 11th, 2011.

Research Abroad Opportunities

There are many research opportunities abroad including, but not limited to:

  • Group Study Programs
  • Canada-Latin American and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants (LACREG)
  • Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
  • Office of Science & Technology, Embassy of Austria (Washington, DC).

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM)

iGEM is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. Student teams are given a kit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working at their own schools over the summer, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells.

Solar Decathalon (Research Competition)

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The request for proposals for Solar Decathlon 2013 may occur in summer 2011.

Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR)

The team consists of over thirty students of different engineering disciplines. It involves the design of a new and innovative concrete mix and reinforcing, a lightweight and safe superstructure, and effective steering and braking systems all in order to achieve the fastest and most maneuverable 300 lb (or less) concrete toboggan in Canada.