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Research for Undergraduates

Why Research?

  • Learn new skills!
  • Apply the skills learned in the classroom in a real world setting
  • Gain an insight into the world of academia
  • Experiences can help you decide if a Masters or PhD is the right choice for you
  • Find out what kind of environments you prefer i.e. clinical vs. laboratory vs. field based
  • Form valuable relationships with Faculty

Research Resources and Opportunities

The AIHS Summer Studentships offer students registered in an Alberta-based undergraduate program, the opportunity to participate in medical or health research in Alberta during the summer months. The award is meant to encourage students to consider pursuing formal training and a career in health research. Applications are submitted directly to AIHS.

Deadline: TBA

The PURE provides financial support to undergraduates to conduct research for 8, 12 or 16 weeks between May and August. The support is for students at any stage of their undergraduate programs, and applications from students in the early stages of their programs are strongly encouraged.  Applications are made to the Office of the Provost (U of C).  Check out our recent PURE award recipient profiles

These awards are meant to stimulate your interest in research in natural sciences and engineering and to pursue a research career in these fields (

This award is for undergraduate students in the Natural Sciences or Engineering fields and it is held outside the university setting at one or more NSERC-approved R&D facility chosen by the student (16-week full time position). Applications are made to the host organization.

These scholarships are designed to foster research and work experience in an international setting (Germany). Details available from the International Student Programs, Faculty of Science (U of C) at

This program provides students with the opportunity to partner with a faculty mentor with similar research interests in health and wellness over either the summer or fall and winter session. In the summer there are 30 studentships of $6000 available and during the fall and winter session there are 15 studentships of $4000 available. Students from all faculties are welcome to apply.

Two Travel Awards may be given for each of the February and September application sessions. To be eligible the student research must fall under the large umbrella of "Health and Wellness" and travel must fall within the specific period of time outlined in the application (between June 2010 and February 2011).

The O’Brien Centre Summer Studentships are meant to encourage students to consider pursuing work experience in health research. Domestic and international studentship awards are offered up to $7000. The award may be held for a minimum of 2 months, and a maximum of 4 months during the period of May to August. Completed applications must be received by Friday, February 11th, 2011.

Research Abroad Opportunities

There are many research opportunities abroad including, but not limited to:

  • Group Study Programs
  • Canada-Latin American and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants (LACREG)
  • Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
  • Office of Science & Technology, Embassy of Austria (Washington, DC).
  • International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM ):  iGEM is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. Student teams are given a kit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working at their own schools over the summer, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells.
  • Solar Decathlon (Research Competition): The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. 
  • Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race ( GNCTR ): The team consists of over thirty students of different engineering disciplines. It involves the design of a new and innovative concrete mix and reinforcing, a lightweight and safe superstructure, and effective steering and braking systems all in order to achieve the fastest and most maneuverable 300 lb (or less) concrete toboggan in Canada.