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Department of Biological Sciences

BI 186, BioSci Building
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
T. 403.220.5261

Undergraduate Research Opportunties

The following research opportunities may be of interest to undergraduate students:

The AIHS Summer Studentships offer students registered in an Alberta-based undergraduate program, the opportunity to participate in medical or health research in Alberta during the summer months. The award is meant to encourage students to consider pursuing formal training and a career in health research. For details click here 

Deadline: Feb 8, 2017

These awards are meant to stimulate your interest in research in natural sciences and engineering and to pursue a research career in these fields. The department ranks the applications. For information on the application submission process, please check the link:

University wide application deadline: 23 January 2017

Students can gain research work experience in a non-university setting that complements their studies. Industrial USRAs are tenable only in the R&D facilities of eligible organizations in Canada. Applications to this program may be submitted at any time. For administrative purposes, NSERC should receive applications from the organization at least four weeks before the scheduled start date of the work term.  Click here for details.

University believes that qualified students should also have the opportunity to experience research as an activity outside the classroom.  They should have opportunities to learn how to write research proposals, seek research funding, undertake or participate in substantive projects, learn discipline-specific skills, and report research results. For details, click

Deadline: February 8, 2017

The primary goal of the Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) is to enrich and enhance the undergraduate experience at the University of Calgary. Thus far, the results of the program are indicating that early and direct involvement in research is increasing the future success of our students. For details, visit

Deadline Summer: February 8, 2017, 4:00 PM
Deadline Fall: September, 2017

The competition is limited to students who are registered in an undergraduate training program and who will be under the supervision of members of the Scientific or Medical Staff of Alberta Health Services or an Alberta University during the period of the award. For details, click here.

Deadline: Sometime in February

Canadian Cystic fibrosis foundation Summer Studentships provide support to students engaged in summer research projects in areas of the biomedical or behavioural sciences relevant to cystic fibrosis, normally under the direction of CF clinic directors or principal investigators based at a Canadian host institution. For details, click here.

Application deadline: March 1 of each year

Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (in collaboration with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada) Summer Student Scholarships are designed to provide short-term financial support for undergraduates who wish to obtain introductory training in research in the field of Gastroenterology.  For details, click here.

Application deadline: January 31 of each year

The intent of this program is to excite and encourage students to pursue a career as a basic research scientist. It supports full-time undergraduate students to work in the laboratory of an established investigator. Faculty sponsors/advisors must be active members of the APS in good standing.

Deadline: February 1 of each year

The Biochemical Society offers studentship funding for 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate students to spend their summer working in a molecular bioscience research lab. Applicants (supervisors) must be members of the Biochemical Society working in a university or research institute. Applications must be made on behalf of and in association with a named student.

Deadline: February 24 of each year

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to provide financial support for undergraduate students interested in gaining research experience in any area of genetics by carrying out a research project over the long vacation, usually prior to their final year. Applications must be made by Principal Investigators at Universities or Research Institutes. All applicants must have been a member of the Genetics Society for a minimum of one year. For details, click here.

Deadline: March 31 of each year

Candidates are eligible to apply for the CIHR Training Program Summer Studentship support if they have secured a training position with a supervisor who is a member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health (ACHRI). The supervisor must be conducting an eligible research program that falls under the mandate of the CIHR, IHDCYH, and ACHRI.

Deadline: February 15 of each year

Runs conservation research expeditions that operate in remote locations in Indonesia, Honduras, Peru, Cuba, South Africa, Madagascar, Mexico & Guyana. Students can join as research assistants to gain hands-on field experience or to collect data for their thesis.

If you have questions concerning any of these opportunities, please contact Sophia George at