Student Research Opportunities

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Each year, the Faculty of Science of the University of Ottawa offers 16 Undergraduate Research Scholarships of $10,000 each. The Undergraduate Research Scholarship gives students the opportunity to live a very unique experience. The recipients work with scientists and take part in important scientific discoveries before they even start their studies.

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Other Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) provides undergraduate students with unique and exciting opportunities to explore cutting-edge research at the University of Ottawa while they define their professional goals.

By participating in UROP, a student receives a $1,000 award and devotes, during one academic year, at least 50 hours to the research project conducted by the faculty sponsor he or she has chosen. Each faculty sponsor receives $500 in research funds to support his or her involvement in the program.

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Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program (USRA) – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate students interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply to this program.

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Other international opportunities

The Office of the Vice-President, Research is pleased to offer undergraduate students an international research internship program. The following provides an overview of various types of internships currently available at the University of Ottawa.

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Connecting Young Minds

Connecting Young Minds (CYM) is a bilingual conference for students in the Faculty of Science. The conference aims to connect students who share a passion for discovery and offer an avenue through which they can convey their research interests. All students in the Faculty of Science conducting laboratory research are encouraged to submit an abstract for a chance to give a 15-minute oral presentation or a 5-minute CYM pitch. Students who do not wish to present are encouraged to attend the conference as part of the dynamic audience. We invite you to join us in connecting young minds!

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SCINAPSE is a non-profit organization founded in London, ON and now run by URI (Undergraduate Research Initiative) here at the University of Ottawa. We provide undergraduate students from different fields of study opportunities to foster scientific innovation while gaining precious research experience. Our core initiative is the national Undergraduate Science Case Competition (USCC), hosted here at the University of Ottawa with the support of the Faculty of Science.

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University of Ottawa Science Undergraduate Research Journal (OSURJ)

Formally endorsed and sponsored by the Faculty of Science, the University of Ottawa Science Undergraduate Research Journal (OSURJ) is an online, open-access, multidisciplinary, bilingual academic research journal that is reviewed and published annually by University of Ottawa students. OSURJ publishes articles from all disciplines of science including mathematics and statistics, physics, biology, chemistry, earth sciences and environmental science. All students in the Faculty of Science are welcome to submit. Many article types, ranging from original research and reviews to commentaries and perspective pieces, are accepted for submission. Any questions can be directed to

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Graduate Research Opportunities


Research in Environmental, Analytical Chemistry & Toxicology (REACT)

Principal investigator: Laurie Chan
Department of Biology

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Medicinal Chemistry and Biopharmaceutical Development

Principal investigator: William Ogilvie
Department of Chemistry

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Training Program in Quantitative Biomedicine

Principal investigator: André Longtin
Department of Physics

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For more information about graduate research scholarships

Post-Graduate Research Opportunities

Faculty of Science graduate and postgraduate scholars have access to numerous internal and external award and scholarship opportunities. More information can be found on the website of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by following these links:

For more information about doctoral research scholarships

For more information about postdoctoral fellowships

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