Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

March 11 – 14, 2019

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 Abstracts - FURCA 2019

Abstract submissions for FURCA 2019 are now open!  UAlberta undergraduate students in any year and any discipline are invited to share their research & creative work through posters, presentations, performances, creative exhibits, or other demonstrations. FURCA provides a place for the sharing of ideas between students, faculty, and the broader community.

Why present at FURCA? 

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

*Note: The FURCA Awards Reception will take place on Thursday, March 14th, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Telus Centre. Please mark your calendars -- we strongly encourage FURCA presenters to attend. (It's no fun for anyone to give out prizes to people who aren't there! Come enjoy the food and the celebration!)

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). 

How can you present your research? 

You may apply to present your research in a variety of formats.  Note that due to scheduling and venue constraints, we cannot guarantee all presenters will get their first choice. The abstract submission form will ask you for your preferred format, and an alternate format. 

Artistic & creative exhibits/displays: Creative exhibits/displays accepted to FURCA will be displayed in the Rutherford Foyer from March 11 - 29. There will be a reception in the Rutherford Foyer on the opening day to celebrate the exhibition.

Creative Performances (e.g. performance art, music, drama, creative writing/poetry readings, etc.): Creative performances accepted to FURCA will take place on Tuesday, March 12, from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.(location TBD). 

Oral presentations: A limited number of 15 minute oral presentations will take place on Tuesday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the SUB lower level meeting rooms.

Posters: The annual FURCA poster symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 13, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS). All presenters will be considered for posters, if their preferred format of presentation cannot be accommodated. 

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


The deadline for FURCA abstract submissions is Friday, January 25, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. 

Submit your abstract

Call for Volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to judge undergraduate research presentations (posters, oral presentations, and creative exhibits) from across all disciplines. Judges may be faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff or alumni.The minimum time commitment we are asking for is 2 hours for various dates/times between March 11 - 13.

The deadline for volunteer registration is Friday, February 1, 2019.


Register as a Judge