Help create life changing experiences by investing in the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI).
Doing undergraduate research sparks curiosity and unleashes creativity. It takes students out of the classroom and into the field, the lab and the world. It encourages students to take risks and tackle big problems.
High impact experiences
- Creates opportunities for students to do research by funding their interdisciplinary projects.
- Celebrates achievements through the Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities — an annual series of events including research crawls, presentations, performances, and the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- Equips students with research skills and knowledge through seminars, workshops and class visits.
- Builds a culture of undergraduate research at the U of A by helping to integrate undergraduate research and teaching across disciplines.
The impact of your donations
Since 2011, the URI has funded more than 120 interdisciplinary undergraduate research projects. URI has helped thousands of other aspiring researchers take their first steps by providing one-on-one advising, research skill development workshops and other research-related activities.
But creating a campus-wide culture of undergraduate research requires more than supporting individual students. It takes a community of passionate and curious people who believe that students don’t come to university to just absorb knowledge.
Undergraduate research provides opportunities for students to take charge of their learning — to learn how to think critically, ask questions, express ideas, and discover how they can become active, engaged citizens and leaders.