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Research and Graduate Studies

2024 URE Awards

Growing research through innovation

It is time again to nominate a clever student researcher for the Undergraduate Research Excellence (URE) awards.

The $1,000 awards are to recognize excellence in research done by individual undergraduate students as part of their degree programs for a challenging research project as part of a course, a self-directed research project, or as a research assistant working with a faculty researcher. The Research and Graduate Studies Office administers the awards and will host a celebratory dinner May 28 to honour our excellent student researchers and their supervisors. 

URE Process and Criteria This document will assist your department in selecting a nominee. 

The department head / director will submit the nomination to the AVP Research & Graduate Studies using the nomination form (online), and sending the supporting documents to

Nominations are now closed.


About the URE awards

Each year, the UFV Research Office presents Undergraduate Research Excellence (URE) Awards to students who have conducted high-calibre research as part of the UFV Work Study program, as research assistants, or for an outstanding project as part of a course.

Departments/Schools are invited to submit nominations for their best research student for projects done in the past year.

Additional awards are available for the best:

  • Community Service Research project completed by a student with a community service agency
  • Indigenous Research project completed by a student on an Indigenous related topic, or research done by an Indigenous student
  • Industry Engagement Research project completed by a student with a UFV industry partner

A celebration event is held in Spring to acknowledge the students and their research supervisors. The event is traditionally an in-person dinner (see photos). Recipients of the 2021 awards are celebrated in a special video!


The URE awards started as a one-time opportunity back in 2004 to disperse funds raised through a VW Beetle raffle. The event was so well received, UFV decided to make it an annual event! It has become the highlight event for the Research Office, which has dispersed over $270,000 to students through these awards over the last 15 years.

The Globe and Mail recognizes UFV's commitment to undergraduate research in their 2017 Canadian University Report:

"UFV students are encouraged to pursue their own research, even at the undergraduate level, to increase their chances of obtaining scholarships, awards and graduate-school positions. The university's Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies office hosts an annual dinner to celebrate the research conducted by undergraduates; this year, UFV awarded more than $22,000 to 37 promising students."


"(Research has) been a really sweet way to optimize my time at school. Looking back, I’m so grateful that I did this. It has truly been a highlight to work under Shelley (Canning). She has been a wonderful mentor and has impacted me and my nursing practice immensely."

  • – Rosaley Klassen
  •    BSN