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UFV Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards

Puzzling times call for excellent researchers!

 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, Engagement, & Graduate Studies Office administers the awards and will host a celebratory dinner May 31 to honour our excellent student researchers and their supervisors. 

URE 2022 Criteria and Process This document will assist your department in selecting a nominee. 

The department head / director will submit the nomination to the AVP Research, Engagement, & Graduate Studies using the nomination form (online), and sending the supporting documents to Deborah.Block@ufv.ca

URE Nomination Form.

View the 2021 Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards

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!

History

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."

2020 URE Awards Program

2019 URE Awards Program

2021 URE award recipients

Go to the 2021 URE awards page to learn more about the students and their projects.

"Ever since I became involved as a Research Assistant, and have started networking more with Amanda (McCormick) and the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research, I feel like all of these opportunities have just fallen in front of me."

  • – Kia Neilsen
  •    BA, Criminal Justice

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