There are so many great opportunities available for research in the Faculty of Science. Gain first-hand science experience in our student labs as a summer research assistant and participate in the University of Manitoba’s Undergraduate Research Poster competition.
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Faculty of Science Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs)
Work alongside world-renowned scientists who are discovering major breakthroughs in many scientific fields. Along with the excitement of conducting research is the added bonus of developing skills, meeting new people, and being involved in your area of interest.
Funding for summer research is provided by a number of sources including NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council), the Faculty of Science, or through grants held by professors in the Faculty of Science.
If you are interested in working in a lab for the summer, September is the time to start making inquiries; applications are generally due at the end of the Fall term. Check with your professors or with the departments in the Faculty of Science to learn more about summer student research opportunities.
Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs)
The Office of the Vice-President, Research and International, in partnership with the University of Manitoba Student Union (UMSU) is pleased to offer this exciting opportunity for up to 172 students. Ten awards will be dedicated to Indigenous students and two awards will be dedicated to community-based research projects.
What the Undergraduate Research Awards offer:
- A rewarding experience for students to be mentored full-time by a professor of their choice for 16 weeks (May to August) and to gain valuable experience in their field of interest.
- A $7,000 monetary award as of January 2023.
For Faculty of Science recipients, the Office of the Vice-President, Research and International provides $5,000 and the remainder ($2,000) will be provided by the Faculty of Science Dean’s office and the supervisor. ($1,000 [FoS] + $1,000 [researcher] + $5,000 [VPRI])
Researchers can increase their contribution beyond the minimum, especially when supporting senior, experienced trainees.
The University of Manitoba Undergraduate Research Poster Competition
A showcase of undergraduate students’ expertise and passion for research, the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition is an annual event that takes place in the fall at the University of Manitoba. Prizes of $500.00, $300.00, and $200.00 will be awarded to the top three posters in each of the following five categories: Applied Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences/Humanities, and Creative Works. The event gives undergraduate students the opportunity to present research they’ve conducted with their supervisors over the past year. The breadth and variety of research are significant.