FURCA celebrates the talents of U of A students, providing a place for the sharing of ideas between students, faculty, and the broader community.

Each year, awards are given in several categories. As all awards are sponsor or donor-funded, the value & number of awards may vary each year depending on funding availability and the pool of eligible presenters. 

General Awards

All presenters are automatically considered for the following awards:

Outstanding Communication: Recognizes students who are best able to communicate the results and impact of their research to an interdisciplinary audience. Note, this award is given out in each category of presentation (e.g. best poster, best oral presentation, etc.) 

Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research: Recognizes outstanding interdisciplinary research.  The interdisciplinary aspects of the project may include (but are not limited to):

  • The student is doing research outside of his/her own discipline
  • The research makes effective use of interdisciplinary methods
  • The outcomes of the research are interdisciplinary in scope

Students must be able to clearly explain the interdisciplinary aspects of their project to the judges.

Special Categories

To be considered for these awards, students must meet specific eligibility criteria. Students indicate their eligibility at the time of abstract submission.

Outstanding Creative Activity: Recognizes outstanding research in an artistic discipline, which includes one or a combination of: design, creative writing, visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles), performing arts (dance, music, theatre), film, video, interdisciplinary arts, media and electronic arts, and new artistic practices. Note that students from any discipline are eligible for this award, provided their work qualifies as a creative activity. 

Outstanding "Early Career" Research: Recognizes a 1st or 2nd year student for outstanding research undertaken during his or her first year of study. Note: First year students presenting work completed in high school are also eligible for this award. 

Outstanding International Research: Recognizes outstanding research performed outside of Canada (e.g. international field work, research-abroad experiences, etc.)

Outstanding International Student Researcher: Recognizes outstanding research performed by an international student at the U of A.

Community Connections Award: Recognizes outstanding research that bridges communities on or off-campus. (eligible projects may include but are not limited to: community-based research projects, community service-learning projects, Tomorrow's Ideas, Now projects, etc.) Sponsored by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study

FURCA 2018 Award Recipients

These awards were presented at the FURCA 2018 Awards Reception on Thursday, March 15, 2018. We are grateful to our various sponsors who provide financial support for the awards, to our many volunteer judges, and to the U of A Library, for their assistance in consolidating judging scores and determining award recipients. 

Congratulations to this year's award recipients!  View the list of recipients (PDF).