Awards, scholarships & recognition

Honours Fest
Each February the Faculty of Science hosts Honours Fest, a conference-style poster session. Honours Fest gives students valuable experience presenting their research and offers generous prizes to the top posters.

If you are looking for financial support, make sure you declare your major as soon as you can. Taking this step makes you eligible for department scholarships and some bursaries.

Listed below are just some of the awards, scholarships and recognitions available to undergraduate science students. Find other science awards, and other student awards and financial aid opportunities with the Office of the Registrar.

Department academic awards

If you earn high marks in your courses, you may win one of many academic awards held by your department. There is no need to apply, but you should declare your major, because many such awards are only offered to students registered in specific disciplines or programs.

Bob Wright Undergraduate Scholarship

If you are an undergraduate student in Faculty of Science who has demonstrated your interest in oceans through course work, co-op experience or work experience, consider applying for this scholarship.

The Bob Wright Undergraduate Scholarships were established by Bob Wright, President and CEO, Oak Bay Marine Group of Companies, on behalf of his employees who work at the Oak Bay Marine Group. In establishing these scholarships, Mr. Wright wanted to help more students experience the tremendous benefits of a UVic education and encourage their interest in the oceans.

Extended deadline: March 31, 2022

Note: Application forms should be submitted

Bob Wright Undergraduate Scholarship Information and Application Form

Rob and Tammy Lipson Research Scholarship

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student and you have an international research opportunity that you'd like to pursue, consider applying for a Rob and Tammy Lipson Research Scholarship.

The Rob and Tammy Lipson Research Scholarship was established by Rob Lipson, Dean of the Faculty of Science (2010-2019) and his wife, Tammy Lipson. 

Deadline: April 30

*Note to applicants: For the latest updates and information on the University’s advisories for international travel during COVID, please visit the COVID-19 Travel website.

Rob and Tammy Lipson Research Scholarship Application Form

Honours Fest Awards

Each February/March the Faculty of Science hosts Honours Fest, a conference-style poster session. Honours Fest gives students valuable experience presenting their research to Science students and faculty. There are generous prizes provided by donor Dr. Fritz Boehm for the top three posters as well as the best poster for each department and school, as judged by a panel of Science faculty members.

Watch a video on how to prepare your poster and video presentation

Science Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA)

Summer research can be an important and enjoyable part of your undergraduate experience. It can also help you decide whether to pursue research as a career. A fund provided by the estate of the late Eva Moody allows us to provide awards each year to undergraduate students who want to do research.

The deadline is set by the Departments/School of the Faculty of Science. Please monitor their respective websites and contact them for details.

SURA Information and Application Form

Science Emerging Researcher Award – Undergraduate Students (SERA – UG)

An anonymous donor has provided funds for awards to students interested in performing research under the supervision or co-supervision of a regular Member of the Faculty of Science at UVic. The emphasis of the award is to support members of a group with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including but not limited to

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • members of groups that currently or historically experience discrimination due torace, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
  • persons who identify as women; and
  • persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Students eligible to apply will have shown potential as a scientist in their field as evidenced by a combination of academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and a letter of support by at least one STEM faculty member familiar with the student, and in light of the barriers the applicant faces. The award for undergraduate students provides $5,500 from the Faculty of Science plus a minimum of $3,500 from the research supervisor.

The deadline is set by the Departments/School of the Faculty of Science. Please monitor their respective websites for details.

SERA Information and Application Form

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies, NSERC USRA can provide you with financial support through a host university (Either at UVic or another Canadian university). USRAs are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. Get more information and eligibility criteria here. To apply, contact your Department

Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (JCURA)

If you are an upper-year student, you can apply for a prestigious Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award. These scholarships allow outstanding students to do research in their chosen discipline under the supervision of a professor who is an expert in the field.

Recognitions: Dean's List

The Faculty of Science Dean's List recognizes the top 10% of current undergraduate students by year based on sessional GPA and of graduating students based on their graduating GPA. 

2020-2021 Dean's List

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