Undergraduate Research

About

As a research intensive university, Queen’s University offers students many opportunities to participate in the research process. Research is one of the most powerful learning strategies for students as it reinforces critical and creative thinking, encourages problem solving and discovery, and instills curiosity and collaboration. Additionally, undergraduate research is vital to the university as it serves as the foundational stage for cultivating a diverse and skilled academic community. It enables faculty to impart essential knowledge, foster critical thinking, and contribute to the intellectual development of students, while also enhancing the university's reputation and fulfilling its broader mission of enabling knowledge mobilization and increasing research impact.

Help solve some of the world's most pressing challenges

At Queen’s University, we embrace the concept of embedding research into all aspects of the student learning experience. We seek to create opportunities for all who study at Queen’s—whether undergraduates, graduates, or post-doctoral fellows—to apply their passion, curiosity, and problem-solving abilities to society’s most significant and urgent challenges.

Resources

In 2023, the Principal's Undergraduate Leaders developed a Guide to Undergraduate Research at Queen's. Developed by students, for students, this guide highlights the benefits of undergraduate research, provides insight into the wide variety of research opportunities available at the university, and offers practical advice on how to get started.

View the Student Guide to Undergraduate Research

Further your Academics

  • Choose from courses with integrated research components within your program of study.
  • Engage in coursework to discover research areas that interest you. Utilize our resources to find a supervisor and master email outreach.
  • Assist faculty or grad students on research projects that match your interests and goals.
  • Complete an undergraduate thesis or capstone project in your final year of study.
  • Learn more about research resources within your faculty. 

Find Research Opportunities

Engage with the Research Community

  • Get involved with clubs and design teams. Browse a fill list on the AMS website.
  • Browse profile of Queen's researchers on Queen's Research Discovery Network.
  • Uncover a variety of student opportunities and programs at Queen's 22 research centres and institutes like the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute, Carbon to Metal Coating Institute, Ingenuity Labs, Institute for Sustainable Finance, and more.
  • Stay up-to-date on upcoming workshops, networking events, and conferences happening around campus. 
  • Browse research stories through platforms like the Queen's Gazette and QSURJ.
  • Ready to share your own research journey? Explore opportunities, including the Queen's Art of Research Photo Contest and more. 

Funding

Undergraduate students at Queen’s can develop their research skills under the guidance of a faculty researcher. USSRF projects are 16-weeks of full-time work. The fellowship value is $9800, plus vacation pay and fringe benefits.

View Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF)

Funded mainly by the Tri-Council, USRA provides financial support to engage students in research, with a goal of nurturing their interest and fully developing their potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering.

View Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA) program

This competitive initiative invites international undergraduates to participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian academic institution faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines.

View Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI)

ASURF, a partnership with ASUS and the Faculty of Arts and Science, aims to foster community amongst undergraduate scholars and promote investment in undergraduate research. ASURF assists in funding research projects at the undergraduate level. This fund is open to undergraduate research of all kinds.

View Arts & Science Undergraduate Research Fund (ASURF)

Discover a variety of awards designed to support undergraduate students wishing to conduct field research at the Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS).

View Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS) Awards

Opportunities

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 7, 2024 

The Global Undergraduate Awards (UA) is the world’s leading academic awards programme which recognises top undergraduate coursework, shares this work with a global audience, and connects students across cultures and disciplines. Students submit their work for free online and it is judged by a panel of international judges, consisting of leading academic experts and industry leaders.
 

Learn more about the Global Undergraduate Awards

In progress

Queen's Work Study program provides eligible students the opportunity to receive priority for certain part-time positions during a specified period of study. 

Discover the Queen’s Work Study Program

SWEP provides Queen’s undergraduate students with engaging, challenging and rewarding summer work experiences. 

Discover the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)

QUIP provides students with a 12-16 month paid internship experience. Internships provide an opportunity for  students to learn about current practices, advances, and technologies in business and industry. 

Discover the Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP)

The Office of Professional Development and Educational Scholarship (OPDES) offers up to 2 first- or second-year undergraduate Queen’s Health Sciences students a mentoring experience that develops their educational research skills. It offers students an opportunity to become a valued member of a collaborative research team.

Discover the Maudsley Educational Research Internship

Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award (for Faculty)

This award is meant to honour the contributions of professors that have encouraged undergraduate research at Queen’s.

View the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award (for Faculty)

Promoting Student Inquiry Teaching Award (for Faculty)

The Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards are conferred annually to educators and staff who show outstanding leadership and innovation in teaching and learning.

View the Promoting Student Inquiry Teaching Award (for faculty)

Discover everything you need to know about participating in the 18th Annual Inquiry@Queen's (I@Q) Undergraduate Research Conference, taking place March 7-8, 2024. 

Discover the I@Q Undergraduate Research Conference

Publications

The inaugural special edition of the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF) and the Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) abstract proceedings, held in 2023, showcases the broad disciplinary participation in undergraduate research.

View the Abstracts of USSRF and USRA 2023

Contacts

Special Advisor, Undergraduate Research

 kk78@queensu.ca

Research Program Coordinator

 allent@queensu.ca