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

FURCA Program Overview


Day 1 - Tuesday, March 14, 2023

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Poster Presentations: Natural Sciences and Engineering

Main Floor SUB

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

FURCA Opening Remarks

SUB Stage

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Poster Presentations: Social Sciences & Humanities

Main Floor, SUB

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Oral Presentations: Health Sciences

Marigold Room, Lower Level SUB

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

FURCA Social & Networking Night (registration encouraged)

Marigold & Juniper Rooms, Lower Level SUB 

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

High School Poster Session

Main Floor SUB 

Day 2 - Wednesday, March 15, 2023

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Poster Presentations: Health Sciences

Main Floor SUB

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oral Presentations, Social Sciences & Humanities

Marigold Room, Lower Level SUB

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Virtual Presentations

Online (via Zoom)

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Poster Presentations: Interdisciplinary

Main Floor SUB 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Oral Presentations: Natural Sciences & Engineering

Marigold Room, Lower Level SUB 

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Research & Innovation Student Group Roundtable (registration encouraged

Marigold Room, Lower Level SUB 

Day 3 - Thursday, March 16, 2023

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oral Presentations: Interdisciplinary

Marigold Room, Lower Level SUB

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Workshop: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) and Allyship in Undergraduate Research (registration encouraged)

Marigold Room, Lower Level SUB

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

FURCA Awards Reception & Keynote Presentations (registration required

Cascade Room, Lower Level SUB

FURCA Detailed Presentation Schedule

See a detailed list of presentation schedules and times.


FURCA Social & Networking Night

Registration is encouraged.

Tuesday, March 14 - 5pm-7 p.m. (Marigold Room, Lower Level SUB)

This year’s in-person Social & Networking night will encourage students to share their experiences in undergraduate research, and connect with their peers. This event will include some facilitated group discussion, as well as an option to socialize and play some board games! 

FURCA Workshops 

Registration for workshops is encouraged. 

Research and Innovation Student Group Discussion 
Wednesday, March 15 -  5pm-7 p.m. (Marigold Room, Lower Level SUB)

This workshop will provide attendees with a better understanding of the research and innovation opportunities available through student groups at UofA. The format of the workshop will be a flexible, dynamic discussion to allow all attendees to ask questions and connect with student group leaders from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. These activities will provide attendees with an opportunity to explore new ways to get involved with research and innovation at the UofA.

EDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) and Allyship in Research

Thursday, March 16 - 1 p.m.-3pm (Marigold Room, Lower Level SUB) 

This workshop, facilitated by Dr. Lisa Willis (Biological Sciences),  will focus on creating an inclusive research environment where all individuals are valued, respected, and able to fully participate in the research process. Attendees will learn about the importance of EDI in research and learn practical tools and strategies to become allies in promoting equity and diversity in their research communities. This workshop will be highly interactive, and will be focused on applying key principles of good EDI practice in discussion with fellow student researchers.

FURCA Awards & Keynote Presentations

Registration is required

Thursday, March 16 - 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (Cascade Room, Lower Level SUB)
Refreshments will be provided

Join us as we celebrate and reflect on our growing culture of undergraduate research at the UofA! This year, our keynote presenters will speak about their research in hope, wellbeing, reconnection and adaptation in a post-pandemic world. The FURCA awards program will follow the keynote presentations. We strongly encourage all FURCA presenters, peers, judges, volunteers and members of the campus community to attend. 

FURCA 2023 Reception Keynote Speakers


Dr. Shintaro Kono, or Shin, works as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. Shin's research examines the relationships between leisure and subjective well-being. He also mobilizes this knowledge to help different groups of people live happier lives through quality leisure experiences. His keynote speech is titled “Living Well with Your Leisure in the "Post"-Pandemic Society.”


Dr. Denise Larsen is a Professor of Counselling Psychology and Co-Director of Hope Studies, an internationally renowned research lab dedicated to the study of hope in human change processes over the past 31 years. She is a former elementary school teacher and a registered psychologist. She doesn't have kids but she does thoroughly enjoy her 21 grown up nieces and nephews! Her keynote speech is titled “Finding Hope; Moving Forward.”