Undergraduate Student Research

Dean's Research Awards

One way you can get involved in world-class research is through the Dean’s Research Awards program. This program is available to all full-time engineering students, beginning in their second year of studies, who have a previous-year minimum GPA of 3.2 – your GPA will be calculated using the last two full terms of graded coursework.

As a participant, you’ll receive a modest financial award and gain valuable practical research experience.

Participating in the program and conducting research enhances learning by giving you a more in-depth understanding of the lessons you’ve learned in the classroom.

The award must be held during a Fall/Winter academic term (i.e. not on a co-op work term) and you can not receive a DRA for a project in which you are also receiving credit. 

Application procedure and timelines

To apply for the Dean’s Research Award please complete the following:

  1. Fill out an online application form.

  2. Fill out and have your supervisor sign the Supervisor Signature Form (Word doc).
    Note: We do not require you to print a copy of your electronic application, however your Supervisor might want to review it with you before they sign the Supervisor Signature Form. Upon electronic submission of the electronic application form, you will receive a copy of your responses via email which you can print off for review.

  3. Submit the following documents to the 9th floor reception in the Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering:
  • Signed Supervisor Signature Form
  • Copy of your transcripts as a pdf from Bear Tracks


If your application is successful, you will be asked to present your work in a poster presentation competition at the end of the term.


Deadline for Applications for Fall/Dual Term projects - October 15
Fall Term Presentations - December
Deadline for Applications for Winter Term projects - January 31 
Winter & Dual Term Presentations - April 

Current Projects

Find out more information on current research projects eligible under the Dean's Research Awards program in our Projects List.