Principal's Undergraduate Research Leaders


The Principal’s Undergraduate Research Leaders (PURL) serve a central role in facilitating research experiences for students through advising, increasing awareness and participation in research. They also take a leadership role in supporting student-led research initiatives and in engaging in knowledge mobilization. The PURL program contributes to the Strategic goal of integrating teaching and research.


Apply to become one of the six PURLs and:

  • Impact your peers' access and exposure to undergraduate research experiences to enhance their learning experiences
  • Contribute to the university’s Strategy of integrating teaching and research
  • Engage in professional development opportunities
  • Gain leadership experience
  • Refine your own research skills 
  • Network with faculty, staff, students and belong to a community of practice
  • Receive a $2,000 stipend


To be one of the six PURLs, you must:

  • Be a current undergraduate student or a student in a professional program (e.g. teacher candidate, JD, MD) at Queen’s University
  • Be committed to dedicate approximately 10hrs/month to this position from January-May 2023
  • Have experience in research, scholarship and/or creative activities


As a PURL, you will:

  • Assist faculties and other students with undergraduate research outreach programs and events
  • Share your experience and enthusiasm for undergraduate research at Queen’s
  • Collect data on student involvement in research and prepare research briefs
  • Take a leadership role in supporting student-led research initiatives 
  • Partner with other PURLs to develop new ideas
  • Mentor recipients of USSRF, ASURF, USRA and other related research funds
  • Attend educational sessions, as well as monthly meetings

Application Process

 Please email the following elements by Monday, December 12, 2022 noon EST:

  • Resume
  • A purpose statement (one-page maximum) detailing why you are interested in this program and why you would be an ideal candidate