Those ‘gaps’ and ‘walls’ that a researcher encounters are not stopping places—they’re starting places. They are questions that no one has asked yet, so maybe I can be the one to ask them.
Faculty of Arts, PURE 2022
Why should you do undergraduate research?
Engaging in undergraduate research can play a pivotal role in your professional and academic development and further develop your skills:
- Go in-depth on a subject of interest to you
- Collaborate with researchers, experts, and practitioners
- Develop your problem-solving abilities and grow your resiliency
- Sharpen your critical thinking and analytical skills
- Hone your autonomy and sense of self
- Clarify your career interests and expand possibilities
What is undergraduate research?
Undergraduate research gives you an opportunity to explore a research question that leads you to discovery, creativity and innovation. The research you do, under the guidance of an instructor or a mentor, can have a real impact on the world and result in an original contribution to a field of knowledge.
It's an opportunity to gain confidence and skills in research, scholarship, or creative expression — there are many types of research to explore!
High-quality research experiences will:
- Evoke your curiosity
- Engage you in the process of discovery
- Provide opportunities to share your findings
- Extend your learning through critical reflection
Dive into undergraduate research
Check out this series of open-access videos where UCalgary graduate students provide useful insights related to developing research skills.
Elyse Bouvier/University of Calgary 2023
University of Calgary 2020
Undergraduate research news
In 2023, students researched everything from natural dyes to AI detection tools during summer studentships
Hands-on experience widened Jess Churcher’s education and opened a door to a future career
UCalgary researchers discover unique differences in cancer cells based on where they are in a tumour
Findings indicate cells at the edge of a tumour may hold the key to guide treatment
Student-researcher Nick Basilio uses PURE award to create autoethnography on his experience as a queer, racialized runner
Tolu Adewole wants to fill knowledge gap in training for working with patients of colour
Katie Qin's research project traces important foodways with a deep dive into the past at the Glenbow Western Research Centre