View the 2021 Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards
About the URE awards
Each year, the UFV Research Office presents Undergraduate Research Excellence (URE) Awards to students who have conducted high-calibre research as part of the UFV Work Study program, as research assistants, or for an outstanding project as part of a course.
Departments/Schools are invited to submit nominations for their best research student beginning in Winter. Additional awards are available for the best:
- Community Service Research project completed by a student with a community service agency
- Indigenous Research project completed by a student on an indigenous related topic
- Industry Engagement Research project completed by a student with a UFV industry partner
A celebration event is held in Spring to acknowledge the students and their research supervisors. The event is traditionally an in-person dinner (see photos). Recipients of the 2021 awards are celebrated in a special video!
The URE awards started as a one-time opportunity back in 2004 to disperse funds raised through a VW Beetle raffle. The event was so well received, UFV decided to make it an annual event! It has become the highlight event for the Research Office, which has dispersed over $270,000 to students through these awards over the last 15 years.
The Globe and Mail recognizes UFV's commitment to undergraduate research in their 2017 Canadian University Report:
"UFV students are encouraged to pursue their own research, even at the undergraduate level, to increase their chances of obtaining scholarships, awards and graduate-school positions. The university's Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies office hosts an annual dinner to celebrate the research conducted by undergraduates; this year, UFV awarded more than $22,000 to 37 promising students."
2021 URE award recipients