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.).  Sponsored by the Students' Union and the Faculty of Science. (6 awards)

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. Sponsored by the Faculty of Science. (1 award)

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. Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts. (2 awards)

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. Sponsored by the Faculty of Science. (1 award)

Outstanding International Research: Recognizes outstanding research performed outside of Canada (e.g. international field work, research-abroad experiences, etc.). Sponsored by University of Alberta International. (1 award)

Outstanding International Student Researcher: Recognizes outstanding research performed by an international student at the U of A. Sponsored by University of Alberta International. (1 award)

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. (1 award)

FURCA Sustainability Award: The Sustainability Council is proud to recognize the top undergraduate researchers who are building a better world. The winning project demonstrates an integrated approach that considers human and environmental factors in the challenges we face and the solutions we need. A panel convened by the Sustainability Council selects the top project within this field for the award. Sponsored by the Sustainability Council. (1 award)


FURCA 2019 Award Recipients

These awards were presented at the FURCA 2019 Awards Reception on Thursday, March 14, 2019. 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! 

Outstanding Communication: 

  • Kyra Ford, Variation of diet in coyotes (Canis latrans) in relation to urban habitat use and Echinococcus multilocularis infection in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Robert Penner, Unique Hepatitis C Virus Genetic Recombinant Identified by Long Range PCR and Next Generation Sequencing
  • Katherine DeCoste, Ache of Elysium: poems about the women of Greek myth
  • Megha Sharma, Intersectionality In STEMM
  • Sarah Almas, Cytokine trafficking in innate immune cells
  • Jillian Meyer, Systematic review for the treatment of acute migraine in the emergency department

Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research: 

  • Ben Hallworth, Modular Adaptable Trans-Humeral Prosthetic Socket for Evaluating Myoelectric Control

Outstanding Early Career Research: 

  • Alina Lin, What practices either hinder or foster continence in older adults undergoing rehabilitation?

Outstanding Creative Activity: 

  • Stephanie Perrin, Developing a Graphic Novel for Medical Education of Teens with Heart Transplants
  • Grace Chen, Instead of institutionalization, how can we better support people with mental illness?

Community Connections Award: 

  • Robin Howse, pîtos-mâmitoneyihtamowin (Reimagine) UAlberta

FURCA Sustainability Award: 

  • Julie Ostrem, Valuing Augustana's Urban Forest

Outstanding International Research: 

  • Thomas Banks, From Crown to Charter: Changes in Canadian Constitutionalism

Outstanding International Researcher: 

  • Qi'e Wu, The Role of Parental Input in Heritage Chinese Learning