Psychology Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) Awards

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There are two annual competitions for this award (Spring and Fall). During each competition, a limited number of awards up to $6,000 each will be allocated as scholarships/bursaries to undergraduate students in their 3rd or 4th year of an Honours program in Psychology conducting research in a laboratory under direct supervision of a Psychology faculty member. Fall PURE Awards will fund studies from October through March whereas Spring PURE Awards will fund studies from May to August. This funding should be considered as a bursary rather than employment income.

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.

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, which tends to occur sometime during the middle of the Fall Term.
Application: Students should prepare a brief description of the research project to be pursued (no more than 500 words in length), an official transcript (unofficial transcripts are not accepted), and a letter of support from their prospective faculty advisor that indicates whether they have $2000 to contribute to the award. Letters of support should be sealed in an envelope and signed across the seal. Students should submit all three components in one envelope to the Main Psychology Office (P404 Duff Roblin Building) to the attention of Dr. Melanie Glenwright, Associate Head (Undergraduate) before 4:00 pm on the due date.

Competition Deadlines:

Applications for the spring competition are due FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018.
Applications for the fall competition are due FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018.

Application materials should be sent to

Dr. Melanie Glenwright
Associate Head (Undergraduate)