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PURE

Program for Undergraduate Research Experience

Student deadline

February 2, 2024 at 11:59 PM MT

Supervisor deadline

February 9, 2024 at 11:59 PM MT

Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)

PURE is an exceptional undergraduate research experience that empowers UCalgary students to gain mentorship and learn valuable skills for their future. It provides up to $7,500 for undergraduate students in all disciplines to embark on an eight-, 12- or 16-week summer research project with a supervisor in a field they are passionate about.

The program offers students a first-hand look into how research contributes to new knowledge and solutions to society's greatest challenge providing students with valuable experiential learning that fuels creativity, discovery and innovation.

We strongly encourage applications from students in the early stages of their undergraduate degrees.

Contact:

College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation (CDCI)
pure@ucalgary.ca

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Opportunity and mentorship are particularly critical for underrepresented students and reducing barriers for participation in undergraduate experiential learning opportunities is key to ensuring the diversity of tomorrow’s workforce. With a contribution of $500,000, 60-65 underrepresented students will benefit from mentored research experiences over the next three years.

What is the purpose of a PURE award?

The Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) Award program offers funded opportunities for University of Calgary undergraduate students to conduct research with a faculty supervisor over the spring and summer terms. Award recipients learn how research projects are developed and conducted, and how research results can contribute new knowledge and insights in their field of study and in the wider community.

Each PURE studentship is a unique opportunity to develop research skills through experiential learning. Students explore personal research interests, develop the abilities to collaborate, think critically and creatively, and communicate with the research community. PURE Award experiences enrich and extend undergraduate learning at the University of Calgary.

Award Value

PURE Awards are funded for periods of 8, 12 or 16 weeks between May and August. 16-week awards are in the amount of $7,500, 12-week awards in the amount of $5,625, and 8-week awards in the amount of $3,750. Students holding PURE Awards will be paid $1,875 from the Undergraduate Awards Office once a month for the duration of the studentship, in accordance with the award values.

Eligibility

PURE is open to UCalgary undergraduate students in any faculty and any discipline. It is intended for University of Calgary undergraduate students in good academic standing. We encourage applications from students in the early stages of their programs. PURE awards are only available to continuing undergraduate students in the following fall academic term. Students who have completed the requirements for their degree program are not eligible for a PURE award. Students planning to graduate in June are ineligible.

2024 Terms of Reference >>

Minimum GPA

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to apply for a PURE award. A cumulative GPA includes all courses that count towards a student’s current program of study. As the PURE awards application deadline is in February, a student’s GPA includes their recent Fall semester grades. We strongly encourage students to connect with a faculty advisor to help accurately calculate their cumulative GPA.

Reporting

As part of their commitment, all PURE recipients must submit final reports upon completion of their projects.

Students are also strongly encouraged to showcase their projects at the annual Students' Union Undergraduate Research Symposium

PURE award holders must file reports summarizing the results of their research in late September.

Details on the submission process for final reports will be communicated in June.

The final report description and template will be shared with award recipients during the research term. The report will ask students to describe their research project and results and reflect on their experience.

Applications generally close at the end of January/beginning of February. Check the Summer Studentships page for current deadlines.

PURE is open to UCalgary undergraduate students from all faculties and disciplines.

PURE is intended for University of Calgary undergraduate students in good academic standing. We encourage applications from students in the early stages of their programs. PURE awards are only available to continuing undergraduate students in the following fall academic term. Students who have completed the requirements for their degree program are not eligible for a PURE award. Students planning to graduate in June are ineligible.

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to apply for a PURE award. A cumulative GPA includes all courses that count towards a student’s current program of study. As the PURE awards application deadline is in February, a student’s GPA includes their recent Fall semester grades. We strongly encourage students to connect with a faculty advisor to help accurately calculate their cumulative GPA.

International students may apply if they are registered, full-time undergraduate students. We will require valid Study Permit numbers instead of Social Insurance Numbers. This number can be found on the back of your passport. 

Students from other universities are not eligible.

Every summer studentship is conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. You are responsible for finding your own supervisor and they may be from your own faculty or a different faculty.

Download How to find a supervisor tip sheet PDF >>

You can find more information about finding a supervisor on the Summer Studentships page.

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Past PURE recipients

The PURE program started in 2009 and has funded 500+ undergraduate research projects in the last five years alone.

In 2023, 113 undergraduate students conducted research with the support of PURE.

Learn more

Stories about PURE research

Looking back on a year of exceptional undergraduate research experiences

In 2023, students researched everything from natural dyes to AI detection tools during summer studentships

How a summer research project helped an undergrad heal

Student-researcher Nick Basilio uses PURE award to create autoethnography on his experience as a queer, racialized runner

Undergrad digs into mouthwatering histories of Calgary’s International Avenue

Katie Qin's research project traces important foodways with a deep dive into the past at the Glenbow Western Research Centre

PURE Awards spark enthusiasm for research in students and supervisors

Sharon Friesen was 'deeply impressed' by undergraduate student Sharmaine Tay’s approach to research

Undergraduate awards provide experience beyond the classroom

PURE Award and Alberta Innovates Summer Student Internship shape understanding of research in the field; virtual information session Nov. 30