Undergraduate Research Initiative

Showcasing interdisciplinary undergraduate research

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Undergraduate Research Initiative

Research in any program or discipline

The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) launched at the University of Alberta in 2011 with a bold vision: to create a culture in which every undergraduate student has opportunities to engage in research and creative activities, both in and out of the classroom.

At the University of Alberta, your questions matter. 

Why? Because we believe that undergraduate students deserve the very best that a research-intensive institution has to offer: high-impact, hands-on experiences at the cutting edge of human knowledge — the opportunity to put your ideas and your curiosity to work.


Finishing a research project? Looking for next steps? 

Congratulations!  The fall semester is winding down, and you've made it to the end of your research project. Wondering what to do next (besides study for finals)?  Here are a couple of upcoming opportunities to consider:

FURCA Call for Abstracts

The URI’s annual Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (FURCA) is taking place March 9–13, 2020! We are now accepting abstracts for this year’s event. Undergraduate students in any discipline may apply to present posters, oral presentations, performances, art exhibits, or other demonstrations. This year, in celebration of FURCA earning its first Green Spaces Gold certification, we are highlighting how undergraduate research projects on a wide range of topics connect with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. See the abstract submission form for details. Submit your abstract by Friday, January 24, 2020.

Nominate your mentor for the URI Mentor Award

Nominations are now open for the URI Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities.  This is a student-nominated, student-adjudicated award that recognizes mentors who go above and beyond in their support of undergraduate research. Nominate your favourite mentor by Friday, February 7, 2020


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