Volunteer with URI

Looking for other ways to support undergraduate research, while developing valuable professional skills? The URI recruits for a number of volunteer opportunities each year. These are not research positions, but rather opportunities to work with URI to help us support students. Volunteering with URI is a great way to learn more about undergraduate research, connect with peers from other disciplines, and have fun while making a difference to the UAlberta community! 

All volunteers are required to have satisfactory academic standing and will be required to complete a volunteer waiver for risk management purposes.  


Current Volunteer Opportunities

Spectrum Editorial Board

Open to: Current undergraduate and graduate students from any post-secondary institution who have completed at least one year of study in any discipline

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours/week for a 12-month period 

Experience: Some prior experience with undergraduate research and/or the publication process is an asset, however training will be provided

Description: Spectrum editors are involved in the day-to-day operations of URI’s undergraduate journal, Spectrum. Together, the editorial board oversees the journal workflow, including promotion, screening of submissions, assignment of editors and reviewers, correspondence with authors, and production of two issues per academic year (Fall & Winter). 

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2021

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Spectrum Peer Reviewer

Open to: Current undergraduate and graduate students from any post-secondary institution who have completed at least one year of study in any discipline

Time Commitment: 4-5 hours (approximately), 1 to 2 times per year

Experience: Please review Become a Reviewer on the Spectrum site for details on requirements and training provided

Description: Spectrum Peer Reviewers critically review and provide constructive feedback to authors on submissions to URI’s undergraduate journal, Spectrum. Reviewer reports provide a basis for editors to determine which submissions are acceptable for publication. Each submission is reviewed by a graduate student in a related discipline, an undergraduate student in a related discipline, and an undergraduate student from outside the discipline, who each provide feedback on the general accessibility of the submission for a multi-disciplinary audience. Most reviewers can expect to review 1 to 2 submissions per year.  

Number of vacancies: 30+

Deadline for applications: Applications accepted year-round

How to apply: Review the instructions on the Spectrum site to register as a reviewer.

Future Volunteer Opportunities

Student Representative - URI Advisory Committee

Open to: Current UAlberta undergraduate students, in any year and in any discipline

Time Commitment: At least three 90-minute meetings between September and April, plus an introductory orientation meeting (45 minutes) in September. Some preparation may be required outside of scheduled meeting times. Student representatives serve a 1-year term, renewable once (maximum of 2 years total).  

Experience: We welcome students with a variety of experiences and backgrounds to provide perspectives to support and inform the Committee’s work. 

Description: The mandate of the URI Advisory Committee is to provide guidance relevant to the support of undergraduate research at the University of Alberta. Participating in this Committee is a great way to have your say about undergraduate research at UAlberta!   

The following outlines the level of guidance this Committee offers in support of undergraduate research:

  • providing input into existing or proposed URI programming;
  • identifying challenges/opportunities to sustaining a culture of undergraduate research at the University of Alberta;
  • making recommendations to inform URI’s response to emerging challenges/opportunities; and
  • serving as ambassadors for URI and undergraduate research.

Please check back in Winter 2021 for deadlines, or subscribe to our e-newsletter for updates.

Peer Undergraduate Research Liaisons (PURLs) 

Open to: Current UAlberta undergraduate students, in any year and in any discipline

Time Commitment: 3 hours/week from September to April

Experience: No experience required as training will be provided

Description:  PURLs help support URI through involvement in promotion and outreach activities, event logistics and support (e.g. FURCA), and peer-advising related research opportunities. PURLs also help coordinate the URI Mentor Award, Research Crawls, and other projects throughout the year.

Please check back in Winter 2021 for deadlines, or subscribe to our e-newsletter for updates.