Concordia’s Undergraduate Research Showcase Celebrates 130 Outstanding Students


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.

Working with academic advisors, undergraduate students with a keen interest in research submitted their proposals to the Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship (CUSRA) program and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.

For the summer of 2021, 130 Concordia undergraduate students 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:

About funding

Both programs provide research funding to undergraduate students in various disciplines. The CUSRA program is offered by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies (OVPRGS) at Concordia 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,” said Paula Wood-Adams, Acting Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies.

“Students engage in experiential learning while broadening 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
20 research projects created by Concordia undergraduate students who have received Concordia Undergraduate Research Fellowships and Undergraduate Research Fellowships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) this summer.


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