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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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Weyt-k! Welcome to Undergraduate Research at TRU!

At TRU, there are more undergraduate research opportunities available than ever. No matter if you have zero experience with research and are curious to learn more, or if you’ve already conducted research, we’ve got something for everyone. Take some time to explore our site to learn more about the opportunities available or stop by our offices on the second floor of the OLARA building to meet us in person!


What is research and how can you use it to ignite your academic journey?

Research Hub Ambassador

The Student Research and Community Engagement office seeks applications from students to serve as Ambassadors for the Research Hub. The Research Hub will provide pan-university support and leadership for student research and community engagement through research, functioning as a physical and virtual space. Animate the Thompson Rivers University Research Hub through public events, performances, and exhibitions; talks and presentations; workshops and conferences; and digital engagement in the context of Undergraduate and Community-Engaged Research.

  • Value: $1,000
  • Application Closed | Open September 2024

Research Rookies

The TRU Research Rookies is an experiential program designed to give students an introduction to research. This group of students will be mentored by other students, faculty, and staff to develop skills in creative inquiry, interdisciplinary teamwork, ideation, implementation, and presentation. Research Rookies will engage in activities intended to demystify the research process, build awareness of research opportunities and resources, and start developing a unique identity as a researcher.

The Research Rookies Program values equity, diversity, and inclusion, and accepts students from all academic disciplines and levels. This experience is designed to strengthen students’ undergraduate education and provide training to enhance skills that will open the door to future opportunities at TRU and beyond.

  • Value: $2,000
  • Applications now closed. Visit this page in September to apply for 2024/2025!

Work Study

Open to full-time Canadian students with financial need, these positions allow for part time hours working with the Research office in positions that accommodate your studies. The TRU Research Office Work Study students not only contribute to our day-to-day operations but also have the unique opportunity to develop their own semester-based projects to support student research.

Unfortunately, these positions have been filled for the 2024 Winter Semester. However, if you would like to learn more about how to engage with our office or work with us in the future please do not hesitate to reach out and say hello at


Opportunities for students to conduct research

Research Assistants

Engage in collaborative research endeavors with faculty members who require student assistance in ongoing research projects. If you are interested in contributing to a research project and gaining hands on experience in your field of study, we encourage you to discuss a Research Assistant opportunity with your professors.

TRU offers Research Assistant opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students. Research Assistants are hired as employees of TRU. Once approved by a faculty member to work as an assistant, that faculty member must submit the necessary forms to TRU’s People and Culture team.

Indigenous Knowledge Makers

This prestigious program is designed to foster a passion for research among undergraduate Indigenous students. Participants will engage in workshops that are designed to introduce them to research, enable them to contribute to the Knowledge Makers research publication and its dissemination, and provide them with guidance from experienced Indigenous research mentors.


Unleash your potential by securing funding opportunities and sharing your research at TRU and beyond

In a Nutshell - Undergraduate Thesis Competition

In a Nutshell is an annual undergraduate research competition where students are challenged to present their research in 3 minutes or less! This annual event is hosted by our research ambassador team and is open to any TRU undergraduate students who have participated in research. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries. The event is open to all TRU students who wish to watch the presentations.

What to expect: Participants will be asked to present a 1-slide PowerPoint related to their research and answer the following questions in a 3-minute oral presentation:

  • What is your research question?
  • What research method did you apply?
  • What results were obtained?
  • What is the significance of your findings?

When: March 20 2024

How to apply: Review the Application Guidelines and submit a response to Google Forms by the application deadline. For further inquiries, please contact:

Application form: Apply here

Application guidelines: View application guidelines

Application Deadline: March 8, 2024 by 11:59 PM

Students as Partners Research Fellowship

The Students as Partners Research Fellowship is an interdisciplinary fellowship open to both undergraduate and graduate students at TRU. Embedded in the philosophy of students as co-creators in research and knowledge, this fellowship will provide students with opportunities to amplify existing and new programming, enhance the quality and impact of research, and build capacity for student research by applying disciplinary methods and training to engagement initiatives across campus.

Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference

Taking place every spring, TRU’s annual on-campus conference is tailored for students to showcase their research discoveries. Students present the findings of their research through engaging poster displays, compelling oral presentations, or even captivating performances. This conference is open to all undergraduate students to present or participate as volunteers.

Step into the spotlight or join the team behind the scenes – the conference awaits your active involvement!

  • Conference dates: March 26-28, 2024
  • Application form: Apply here

Philosophy, History and Politics (PHP) Undergraduate Conference

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

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.

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Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP)

The Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP) is a $6,000 scholarship that can help you get started in your own original research. It is a way to improve your resume, increase your academic and professional success, and make your time in university more interesting and rewarding.

Application deadlines: Oct. 15 (Fall) & Feb. 28 (Winter)

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NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award Program (USRA)

This award provides $6,000 funding from NSERC and an additional (minimum) 25% ($1,500) from faculty for domestic or permanent resident 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 (unlimited awards available for Indigenous Students). Students who currently hold a UREAP may not apply for this award using the same project. Students must discuss this opportunity with a faculty member they would like to work with. Faculty members who are authorized to independently supervise students may mentor.

  • Value: $6,000
  • Application deadline: January 29th 2024
  • More info

Environment Canada Atmospheric and Meteorological Undergraduate Supplement

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.

  • Value: $1,000
  • Application deadline: June 1, 2024
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Mitacs Research Training – Competition closed

This is an immediate and short-term opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to undertake a 12-16-week paid research training internship. Mitacs and TRU have contributed equally toward this opportunity. 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.

Globalink Research

This award supports senior undergraduate and graduate student research projects 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.


Curate your legacy and mentor budding research students. Earn recognition for your achievements.

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program

This capstone experience will strengthen students’ undergraduate research understanding and provide training to enhance skills as TRU Ambassadors. This initiative is open to students who 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. The Ambassador term begins in the summer months with training and kicks off full steam in the Fall and Winter semesters. Applications for the 2024 ambassadors are now open!

  • Value: $3000
  • Application deadline: March 22, 2024
  • Application form: Download form

Undergraduate Research Certificate

The Undergraduate Research Certificate allows students to earn formal recognition for their undergraduate research experiences. This will provide students with an additional credential to present to employers and/or graduate schools or professional programs.

As part of the Undergraduate Research Certificate students will need to complete an E-portfolio containing evidence of meeting standards, as well as a reflective essay curated with support from a 1-credit course, RESL 1500.

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