Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Research Stories

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!


Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP)

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, a GPA of 3.2 or higher, 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 (benefits + salary), and there are 14 awards available in total. 

  • Application deadline: March 17, 2017

Indigenous Knowledge Makers

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.

  • 2017 competition is now closed

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. 

  • 2016 competition is now closed

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award Program (USRA)

This award provides a minimum $5,625 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. Discuss the opportunity with a facutly member you would like to work with. Supervisors should be active NSERC grant holders, but faculty members who do not currently hold NSERC funds but who wish to supervise a student may request an exception from NSERC. All exception requests must be submitted to NSERC before student applications can be accepted.

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, 2017

NSERC Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Supplement Program

The Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering supplement aims to engage Aboriginal students and fellows in promoting interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering by visiting Canada's Aboriginal communities and schools and sharing their research and education experiences or participating in science promotion events and activities. This provides up to $5,000 in supplementary funds to Canadian Aboriginal Students  who hold a USRA, Vanier CGS, Alexander Graham Bell CGS, PGS, PDF, IRDF or Northern Research Internship. Application deadline is a minimum of two months before the start of research activity. 



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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. 

Call for proposals deadline: Feb. 14, 2017

Conference: March 31 - April 1, 2017

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 Date: Jan. 19-21, 2017

TRU Undergraduate Research Journal

TRU-URJ launched in March 2015, allowing students to share their research in a meaningful and productive way. TRU-URJ is an academic for-student, by-student journal, developed with the philosophy that students should not only have a chance to disseminate their research in a journal, they should also get firsthand experience organizing such a publication. 


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.