The UFV Research Office is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards. We hope you enjoy this 18-minute video which includes appearances by over 20 students, remarks by Dr. Joanne MacLean and Dr. James Mandigo, and plenty of confetti!
For information about each of the students and their research projects, please view the 2020 URE Awards Program.
What are the Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards?
These $1,000 awards are to recognize excellence in research done by undergraduate students at UFV, either as part of the UFV Work Study program, as research assistants, or for an outstanding project as part of a course.
Each year, Departments/Schools nominate their best research student and a celebration event is held in Spring to acknowledge the students and their research supervisors.
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
These awards started as a one-time opportunity back in 2004 to disperse funds raised with 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. Over the last 15 years, $270,000 has been awarded to students through these awards.
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."