Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities


March 9 – 13, 2020

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

Technically speaking, a "furca" is a two-pronged fork. Kinda like a fondue fork. We didn't plan it that way, but as is often the case in research...it just works.

Why? Because FURCA (the celebration) brings together all of our favourite things: undergraduate students and research. Research and creative activities. Teaching and research. You get the idea.


Call for Presenters - FURCA 2020! 

 Do you have an undergraduate research project to present?  The call for submissions for FURCA 2020 is now open!  

Why present at FURCA?

  • You did cool, exciting research -- why not share it? 
  • Presenting your work to a multidisciplinary audience is a terrific skill development opportunity
  • Your work, along with that of other undergraduate students across campus helps showcase the diversity (and sheer awesomeness!) of the contributions undergraduates are making to research at the U of A. 
  • You can help inspire and encourage other students to get involved in research. 
  • Did we forget to mention the opportunity to win cash prizes?

What can you present at FURCA? 

Any undergraduate research or creative activity, completed in any year, and in any discipline. This includes work that you completed for courses (e.g. capstone or other research-based course projects), and co-curricular projects (e.g. summer research). 

This year, the theme for FURCA is sustainability.  We encourage you to submit your projects relating to any or all pillars of sustainability: economic, social, and/or environmental. We are working to make FURCA more "green" this year and aim to have Green Space certification for the event.  

Not doing sustainability research?  No worries - you can still submit research from any discipline, on any topic. We are  excited to learn about all of the cool & interesting research you've done as an undergrad - regardless of theme!

We welcome submissions for presentations in the following formats: 

  • Creative Performances:  Creative performances (e.g. performance art, music, drama, creative writing/poetry readings, etc.) accepted to FURCA will take place on Monday, March 9th, from 12-1pm at SUB Stage.

  • Artistic & creative exhibits/displays: Creative exhibits/displays accepted to FURCA will be displayed in the Rutherford Foyer from March 4th - 27th. Artists will have an opportunity to present their work to judges on  Thursday, March 12th, from 12-3pm.

  • Oral presentations: A limited number of 15 minute oral presentations will take place on Tuesday, March 10th from 10am-3pm in the SUB lower level meeting rooms.

  • Posters: The annual FURCA poster symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 11th, from 10am-3pm in the Centennial Center for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS). All presenters will be considered for posters, if their preferred format of presentation cannot be accommodated.

  • Other demonstrations:  We welcome submissions for other types of presentations or demonstrations not listed here. Based on your submission, we will determine the most appropriate venue & time to accommodate your presentation. 

How to submit: 

Use the form below to submit a 250 word abstract describing your research, along with information regarding the preferred presentation format (e.g. poster, oral presentation, demonstration, performance, art exhibit, etc.). 

FURCA is an multidisciplinary event. Your abstract MUST be written in language accessible to students and judges from outside your discipline. 

Need advice on how to write an abstract, or how to make your abstract accessible to readers in other disciplines?  Contact URI (uri@ualberta.ca) for an advising appointment.  We will also be offering seminars in January on how to write an abstract. Watch this space for updates! 

Deadline for submissions: 

The deadline for abstract submissions for FURCA 2020 is Friday, January 24, 2020 at 11:59p.m. 


Submit your abstract

Interested in volunteering for FURCA? 

Each year, URI recruits faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and alumni to assist with judging student presentations.  Watch this space for our call for volunteers for FURCA 2020, coming soon!