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Student Research

Queen’s is dedicated to providing opportunities for students at all levels to participate in research, regardless of discipline.

Undergraduate Research

The University is committed to fostering opportunities for undergraduate research experiences. Here are some opportunities to explore at Queen’s:

Curricular Opportunities

  • Thesis / Independent Study: Consult your department about a potential thesis or independent study project during your final year. These allow you to work under the supervision of a professor and provide you with valuable research experience.

  • Major Maps: Consult your Major Map to see where you can get involved in research! Each Major Map is unique to your specific major and/or discipline.

Co-Curricular Opportunities

  • Inquiry@Queens's: Submit a paper and present it at the premier interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference at Queen’s! This conference occurs annually in March and takes place in Stauffer Library.

  • Discipline-Specific Undergraduate Conferences: Many departments participate in Canadian or provincial undergraduate research conferences. Contact your department undergraduate chair today to learn more about these opportunities.

  • Politicus: Are you interested in political and international affairs? Consider submitting a paper to Politicus or attend one of its public lectures throughout the year. This journal is strictly geared towards undergraduate students.

  • Undergraduate Research Journal: If your studies are focused on health sciences, consider submitting a paper to Queen's Science Undergraduate Research Journal (QSURJ), an undergraduate research journal housed in the Arts & Science Undergraduate Society. QSURJ also hosts a variety of workshops throughout the academic year.

Funding and Resources

  • Summer Research Fellowship: Are you a student in the social sciences, arts, and humanities? Are you looking for a summer research position? The Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship provides summer funding for students looking to engage in research under the supervision of a professor.

  • NSERC Awards

    • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards: Most departments in the sciences and engineering have some funding for summer student researchers through the NSERC USRA program. Contact your undergraduate chair for more information.

    • NSERC Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards: If you are interested in research and industry, consider applying for an IUSRA and get funded to do summer research.

  • ASUS Student Research Grant: Any Arts & Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) member is eligible to apply for the Student Research Grant to help fund an academic research project. Funding is allocated once each term.

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Graduate and Post-Doctoral Research

Much of the vibrant research conducted at Queen’s depends on robust, productive, and flourishing research collaborations between faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. Queen’s supports graduate students through:

  • supporting faculty in the development of their research programs
  • facilitating successful research funding opportunities
  • external recognition, such as national and international awards
  • interdisciplinary programs, such as those offered through the Centre for Neuroscience Studies and the Human Mobility Research Centre 
  • collaborative graduate programs, such as the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC
  • innovative training opportunities through programs such as:

Spotlight on Student Researchers:

  • Sylvia Bawa (Sociology) – women's rights in Sub-Saharn Africa
  • Nick Cairns (Biology) – jeepers, creepers, where's you find those peepers?
  • Kerri Froc (Law) – a lifelong belief in change
  • Emily Gong (Art) – transmission via the silk route
  • Chloe Hudson (Psychology) – bullying, depression and theory of mind
  • Annie Riel (French Studies) – sharing her passion through active learning