University of Calgary

Linking learning and research

UToday HomeDecember 7, 2012

The Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) is now taking applications for projects funded for spring-summer 2013. The PURE provides financial support to undergraduates to conduct research for eight, 12 or 16 weeks between May and August.

To learn more about the award and the online application process, visit the PURE website. The deadline for applications is Feb. 11, 2013.

As a research-intensive university, the University of Calgary provides unique learning opportunities for undergraduate students to go beyond being “consumers of knowledge” and to be actively involved in creating new knowledge and applying existing knowledge in new ways.

“The ideal that inspires the PURE initiative is that the integration of research and learning that characterizes faculty work also provides a rich learning experience for our students,” says Lynn Taylor, vice-provost (teaching and learning).

“PURE Awards provide opportunities for University of Calgary students to learn by participating directly in the work of our disciplines, and to experience the excitement of making their own contributions to a field. This program is an outstanding example of the added value of a University of Calgary learning experience,” says Taylor.

PURE awards make it possible for undergraduate students to work with University of Calgary researchers to learn how research projects are developed and conducted, and how research results can contribute to new knowledge and solve problems in a field of research and in society.

“Undertaking a summer research project can have a significant positive impact on a student’s undergraduate studies. It can be an eye-opening experience to become part of the quality research being undertaking at the University of Calgary,” says Bill Rosehart, chair of the PURE Award committee and professor and department head, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The PURE is designed to support a research-based learning experience for students at any stage of their undergraduate program in any faculty, and applications from students in the early stages of their programs are strongly encouraged.

“The experiences gained through a PURE award can lead to great future research opportunities including graduate studies,” says Rosehart.

The integration of teaching and research features prominently in the Eyes High vision for our university community and the PURE reflects that commitment. The PURE award is a joint initiative of the Provost and the Vice-President (Research). Apply online by Feb. 11, 2013.