A career in research begins with a single question, and this summer a cohort of high-performing Concordia students received funding to conduct research in search of an answer.
In collaboration with academic advisors, undergraduates with a keen interest in research submitted their proposals to the Concordia Undergraduate Research Fellowships (CUSRA) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.
For the summer of 2021, 130 Concordia undergraduates received funding to explore what a research career might look like. Of these, 51 students claimed the NSERC prize, the other 79 chose CUSRA.
The undergraduate research showcase
The summer’s projects were highlighted at the eighth annual undergraduate research exhibition, which was held virtually for the second year in a row due to pandemic restrictions. Twenty of this year winners created videos to present their research projects and highlights of their experience.
The questions they address relate to topical issues:
Both programs provide research funding to undergraduate students in various disciplines. The CUSRA program is offered by Concordia Office of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies (OVPRGS) and supports projects in the fields of fine arts, social sciences, humanities, engineering and computer science, business disciplines, and natural and health sciences. NSERC funds science and engineering projects.
“Investing in undergraduate research benefits the Concordia community in a number of ways,” explains Paula wood-adams, Acting Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies.
âStudents engage in experiential learning while expanding their understanding of what a research-oriented career and graduate degree can look like. They do this while continuing the work of their supervisor and directly marking the next generation research being conducted at Concordia.
Enjoy this video playlist of 20 research projects created by Concordia undergraduates who have received Concordia Undergraduate Research Fellowships and Research Council Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Natural Sciences and Engineering Canada (NSERC) this summer.