Psychology Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) Awards

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During each competition, up to six awards of $6,000 each will be allocated to undergraduate students in their 3rd or 4th year of an Honours program in Psychology. These awards are similar to the NSERC undergraduate research awards in that funding will be provided for 4 months of full-time employment in the Spring Competition and 6 months of part-time employment in the Fall Competition in a laboratory under direct supervision of a Psychology faculty member.

The purpose of these awards is for outstanding undergraduates to receive additional research training with the goal of increasing their competitiveness in funding competitions (e.g., for graduate-level awards from NSERC, SSHRC, & CIHR). Individuals may apply for this funding more than once, however priority will be given to first time applicants. This award may NOT be used to fund honours’ thesis research.

The evaluation criteria will be:

GPA - 50%
Proposed Research Activities - 35%
Advisor's Letter of Support - 15%

Supervisors will normally contribute 1/3 of the value of the award from their own grant funds (i.e., up to $2000 out of the maximum $6000). The remaining funds up to $4000 will be funded by the Department of Psychology. However, the Department may fully fund the award for one outstanding undergraduate nominee if their prospective faculty supervisor does not possess sufficient grant funds to meet their contribution.

Please note that part of awardees' obligation is to present their research in poster form as part of the University of Manitoba's yearly Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition in 2014, which tends to occur sometime during the middle of the Fall Term.


Spring Competition:

Students must submit a brief description of the research project to be pursued (no more than 500 words in length), an official transcript, a proposed budget, and a letter of support from their prospective faculty advisor by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017. Letters of support should be submitted separately by students' prospective advisor, sealed in an envelope and signed across the seal.


Fall Competition:

Students must submit a brief description of the research project to be pursued (no more than 500 words in length), an official transcript, a proposed budget, and a letter of support from their prospective faculty advisor by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017. Letters of support should be submitted separately by students' prospective advisor, sealed in an envelope and signed across the seal.


Application materials should be sent to

Associate Head (Undergraduate)