Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Engaging in undergraduate research will increase your academic and professional success, and enhance your ability to think critically, ask tough questions and search for compelling answers. Research also acts as service to the community, so get involved. This is your education journey, make the most of it!

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Funding Opportunities

PILOT! Mitacs Indigenous Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (MI-UREAP)

Deadline EXTENDED to: March 29
Value: $6,000, plus up to $1,000 in operating funds 
This program allows for Indigenous students at TRU to launch their own original research. The $1,000 operating grant is intended to cover expenses such as supplies, Elder or community member honorarium, travel for the purpose of research, or travel to conferences to share research findings.

Information sessions for this opportunity are available on select dates throughout March. Register Now.

What you need to submit:

Eligibility for the pilot MI-UREAP: 

  1. Be an undergraduate student who self-identifies as an Indigenous person in Canada
  2. Be student of TRU at the time of the application and be enrolled in an undergraduate program of study
  3. Have completed a minimum of 60 credits and/or completed the Knowledge Makers Program
  4. Have two faculty members (a primary and secondary) who are willing to mentor and guide your project
  5. Have not received a UREAP award in the past
  6. Not hold a MI-UREAP and an NSERC-USRA at the same time, for the same project

How to apply for the MI-UREAP:

  1. Complete the MI-UREAP application form and self-identification form
  2. Complete the MI-UREAP budget (for the $1,000 operating expenses)
  3. Have your 2 faculty mentors fill-out and submit required support forms to studentresearch@tru.ca
  4. SUBMIT all student documents in an email to studentresearch@tru.ca with the subject line as MI-UREAP, your name, and student ID

Adjudication Criteria: 

Applications are adjudicated by an internal committee of faculty members and a student representative. The Office of Research and Graduate Studies will normally contact applicants within 4-5 weeks of the deadline with adjudication results. The adjudication committee evaluates applications based on the following criteria:

  1. The quality of the proposal (30%)
  2. The merit of the proposal (30%)
  3. The potential impact of the research (20%)
  4. The strength of the two Faculty Mentor Support Forms (20%),

Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP)

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award Program (USRA)

This award provides $7,500 for undergraduate students in the natural sciences and engineering to engage in research over a 16-week period over the summer (May to August). These are competitive national-level awards. Students must discuss this opportunity with a faculty member you would like to work with. Faculty members who are authorized to independently supervise students may mentor.
To apply:

  • Students: Submit a personal essay (250-words max) providing examples of research strength (i.e. prior research experience, academic acheivement, volunteer experiences) directly to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, studentresearch@tru.cawith the subject line USRA - Student Research Aptitude.
  • Students: Complete the application process in NSERC's research portal
  • Faculty: In form 202 under "Expected Quality of Training to be Received," please include the following information:
    1. Mentorship: Include a summary of current research, past or current funding and supporting projects, and past supervision successes
    2. Identify the available equipment/space
    3. Identify how you will provide the required 25% ($1,500) supplementary funding for the student.
  • Deadline is Jan. 29 annually

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Members of the TRU faculty often require students to assist in their own research. If you are interested in this opportunity, please speak with your professors.

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program

This capstone experience will strengthen students' undergraduate research understanding and provide training to enhance skills as TRU Ambassadors. This initative is open to students who have at least 60 completed credits, and have engaged in or are currently engaged in research or creative activities under the guidance of a TRU faculty member. Ambassadors will work with the Research Office on a range of projects related to undergraduate research. Successful ambassadors receive a $3,000 award. 

  • Application deadline: March 15

Indigenous Knowledge Makers

Workshop dates TBD
This program is designed to encourage undergraduate Indigenous students to pursue research programs. Students will attend workshops that are designed to introduce them to research, enable them to contribute to a research publication and its dissemination, and also provide them with Indigenous research mentors. Upon completion of the program students receive a $1,000 award.

  • Application deadline: TBD

Environmental Science and Natural Resource Science Fellowship Award

The fellowship was generously created by an anonymous donor for the development of two awards; one for Environmental Sciences and one for Natural Resource Sciences. Recipients — either senior undergraduate or graduate students — will be selected based on their scholarly achievements, their commitment to research and their demonstrated potential for future contributions to our understanding of the environment. The fellowship is a prestigious award with a value of $7,500 for each recipient. 

  • Application deadline: Nov. 15 (annually)

Mitacs Research Training Award (RTA)

Competition closed
Value: $6,000, two awards available
Terms of Reference
Award Application

This is an immediate and short-term opportunity for undergradaute and graduate students to undertake a 12-16-week paid research training internship. Mitacs and TRU have contributed equally toward this opportunity. The timing of this award is intended to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing opportunities for students to conduct research over the summer months. These student-led projects are designed to enhance student research skills through interaction with faculty and hands-on research and training experience. Projects must begin no later than August 31.

Mitacs: Globalink Research Award

Application Deadline: January and June, dates TBD
This award provides $5,000 in funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research project abroad. This is for joint research projects with academic collaborators for a minimum of 12 weeks to a maximum of 24 weeks abroad. Partner countries include Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico and Vietnam. 

Environment Canada Atmospheric and Meteorological Undergraduate Supplements

This award provides a $1,000 supplement to high-calibre students who have been awarded a USRA to complete studies in atmospheric or meteorological sciences.

  • Application deadline: June 1

Share your research

TRUSU Conference Attendance Grant

The Student's Union, through the Comprehensive University Enhancement Fund (CUEF) provides students with grant funding to attend conferences and competitions to enhance opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference

An on-campus conference where students can present the findings of their research through posters, oral presentations and performance. This conference takes place in the spring each year, and is open to all undergraduate students to present or participate as volunteers. 

Conference dates TBD

Philosophy, History and Politics (PHP) Conference

The Department of Philosophy, History and Politics at TRU offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students. Participate in the student-organized undergraduate conference which is held each January, and explore the past and present through presentations in philosophy, history and politics. 

Conference dates TBD

Further Funding

TRU's Financial Aid and Awards office provides up to date information on funding opportunities for undergraduate students.

Application Assistance

Please contact us if you require any guidance in the application process for these awards.

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