Student research opportunities

JCURA scholars
Three of this year’s JCURA scholars (L-R): Adrienne Sanders, Ryan Nicolson and Elaine Yan.

What UVic has to offer

At UVic professors bring their own research into the classroom to enrich the learning environment. In some courses students are encouraged to develop their own research or participate in ongoing research projects. And opportunities to “learn-by-doing” abound outside the classroom. You can volunteer to be on a research team, join the Model UN Club, sign up for the co-op program or work as a research student to gain paid work experience in research-based positions. The opportunities are endless. 

Why get involved in research?

  • Learn from teachers who are at the forefront of research
  • Improve your learning and retention of ideas through enhanced classroom experiences and hands-on participation.
  • Develop the analytical skills you'll need for your future education and career.
  • Participate in exciting, cutting-edge research projects.
  • Help the wider community through applied and community-based research.
  • Publish your undergraduate research in a professional journal.

How to get involved:

Quick answers for undergraduate students

Why is undergraduate research so important?

In addition to the opportunity to create knowledge, research will develop your analytical skills and boost your success in course work and career achievement.

Participating in research may inspire you to pursue a particular academic discipline, further your education with graduate studies or focus you on a fascinating career path.

I'm not too confident about my research skills. Is help available?

Yes! Start with the learning commons at the library for help with academic research skills, academic writing support and learning skills.

There are also research skills courses in every discipline. Check with your faculty adviser or ask your professors about courses in research design and methods. The library offers workshops to introduce you to library research.

I need to earn money during the year to pay for my studies. How can I afford to take on a research project?

Depending on your grades and financial need, you may qualify for an undergraduate research grant, award or scholarship. Contact Student Awards and Financial Aid for details.

You could also look for a research-based co-op work placement or work for a faculty member who hires student assistants.

UVic Undergraduate Research Award

The UVic Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (JCURA) program provides support for exceptional undergraduate students who might otherwise not be able to obtain direct research experience. For more information please visit the JCURA website

International exchange

If you yearn for travel, but feel an equal desire to continue your studies, an international exchange helps you do both.

UVic has agreements with approximately 53 institutions in 20 countries. From Europe to the South Pacific, from the Far East to the Netherlands, you have many corners of the world to choose from. Please visit the

Volunteering

The mission of Career Services is to support student success through career education. They do this by providing career development expertise and by facilitating connections among students, alumni, faculty, employers and other community members. Their website offers lots of ideas and opportunities for internships and volunteer jobs that could provide you with research experience.

Co-operative education

At UVic, learning extends beyond the classroom. Through our co-operative education program (co-op), you can alternate terms in class with paid work terms in positions related to your field of study.

You’ll graduate with work experience, a great résumé, contacts in your field and some extra cash in your pocket. UVic Co-op is a national leader in co-operative education: one in four UVic students take part in the program each year. 

Please visit the Co-op website for more information on how you can develop your research skills while working.