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

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.

NEW! Mitacs Research Training Award (RTA)

Deadline: June 12
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.

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

The workshops will be held Oct. 19-20, 2019
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: Oct. 11

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)

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. NEW! Supervisors are no longer required to hold an active NSERC grant. Any faculty member who is authorized to independently supervise a student may mentor. The student's research, however, must still sit within Natural Sciences and Engineering.

  • NOTE: Deadline for 2020 has been extended to Feb. 7 as a result of recent NSERC-driven changes

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


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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. 3

Conference: March 27 & 28, 2020

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. 16-18, 2020


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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