Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

FURCA is our annual, campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, showcasing the research and creative achievements of undergraduate students across all disciplines.

FURCA 2021 is going virtual! Join us March 9-11, 2021 for a diverse range of online undergraduate research presentations, roundtable discussions, networking opportunities and skill development sessions.  Save the dates, and watch this page for updates!


Why should you present at FURCA?

  1. You did cool, exciting research -- why not share it?
  2. Presenting your work to a multidisciplinary audience is a terrific skill development opportunity.
  3. Your work, along with that of other undergraduate students across disciplines helps showcase the diversity (and sheer awesomeness!) of the contributions undergraduates are making to research at the U of A.
  4. You can help inspire and encourage other students to get involved in research.
  5. Did we forget to mention the opportunity to win cash prizes?

Call for Abstracts now open! Deadline January 27, 2021

FURCA welcomes abstract submissions from undergraduate students in any year of study and any discipline. Students may present research completed for academic credit (e.g. capstone, honours, certificate or other research-based course projects), or from co-curricular experiences (e.g. summer research, internships, student group activities, etc.).  See the abstract submission form below for details about how to submit your abstract.

Submit an Abstract

Need help with your abstract or presentation? 

The URI is hosting the following virtual seminars: 

Learn how to write an undergraduate research abstract
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 (12:05 -12:50 p.m.)
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 (4:05 - 4:50 p.m.)
Register here 

URI staff are also available for individual advising - please contact our office if you have questions or would like to schedule a virtual appointment.

FURCA 2020 Book of Abstracts


Call for Judges

We are currently seeking faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and alumni from all disciplines to serve as judges for FURCA 2021. Judges are typically expected to volunteer for a minimum of 1.5 hours during FURCA (March 9-11, 2021) to attend student presentations, assess presentations based on judging criteria, and provide constructive feedback to student presenters.

Since FURCA 2021 will be virtual, all judges will need access to a device with a reliable internet connection, and access to Zoom. The deadline for volunteer registration is February 5, 2021. To register as a judge, please submit the following form

Judge Application Form

Check out the highlights from FURCA 2020