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Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship deadline coming Friday

Undergraduate Researchers


There’s Queen’s Civil Engineering professor, Beaty Water Research Centre Director, and Canada Research Chair in Bioresources, Pascale Champagne backed-up by a phalanx of clever undergraduate researchers.

Undergraduate researchers like these, many of whom we’ve profiled individually over the past few months, make a valuable contribution to human understanding. The experience they gain also positions them very well for graduate studies or for post-graduate job hunting. Perhaps most notably, those who hold undergraduate research positions seem to agree that the work helps them to focus their aspirations. It’s a great way for you to help decide what future academic and career paths might fit best for you.

A great way to secure an undergrad research position is to apply for and earn an Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship (USSRF). It’s late for this year, but not too late. The application deadline is coming on Friday. And it’s never too early in your undergraduate career to get started exploring options and setting goals. Find all the details here.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask . . .


" Starting to look for a professor early is the best advice I can give to anyone considering doing undergraduate research. I’d also recommend applying for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funding as it gives you the chance to see a real research environment and gets your foot in the door for further research opportunities."

" If you have a professor you really like, just approaching them and letting them know that you are interested in what they are doing, can open up so many doors."


" We started by growing the algae on different concentrations of wastewater in the lab. Then we tested the samples to see if the individual alga cleaned the wastewater and if it could be used  to produce good quality biofuel."

" You really get to dive into a certain topic."

"If you’re not sure about what you want to do, try out undergraduate research to see if you could see yourself doing it in the future as a career."

"Queen’s has so many professors with different areas of interest and expertise, so you really have the opportunities to do whatever your heart desires."