Research matters

Kate Strangway in the field

Kate Strangway’s UREAP research—which took her into the field, literally—pitted a herd of goats against the region’s toughest roadside weeds as an alternative to using herbicides.

Curiosity is natural. Asking the right questions is a skill. And finding the answers—that’s research. In almost any undergraduate program you pursue at TRU, you have a chance to investigate the questions that move you—questions that could change the world—by conducting research.

Beyond the textbook

Get a better understanding of your area of study through hands-on, self-directed experimentation. Hone your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, learn research methods and get experience using research tools—like state-of-the-art equipment. Present and publish your results, guided by faculty mentors. The skills you’ll gain are invaluable for future work or study, and the answers you’ll find may make a difference in your community or your field.

Not just lab coats and computer screens

The world is your laboratory, and research gets you out there. At a theatre performance. In a bat cave. At a ski resort. Whether you’re doing a project supervised by a faculty member, working as a research assistant or conducting research in a co-op term, there are almost as many research settings as there are topics.

Get financial support

Grants, awards, research assistant positions and co-op placements are available to support aspiring researchers. Check out TRU’s Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP)—which provides $4,500 scholarships for independent projects—and other research funding opportunities.

Corrie Belanger poster at UGC

Corrie Belanger presented her research from an eight-month co-op in Dr. Jonathan Van Hamme’s microbiology lab at TRU’s Undergraduate Research and Innovation Conference.

See it in action

Still not sure if research is for you? See what questions your peers are exploring during Research Week, at TRU’s multi-disciplinary Undergraduate Research and Innovation Conference Mar. 31 to Apr. 1. And for a taste of research at the graduate level, don’t miss the Three Minute Thesis competition on Mar. 29.

Get started

Get your feet wet with a course paper turned into a conference presentation. Jump in with a summer in the field collecting data for a UREAP project. You might find that first question flows into your thesis for a fourth-year directed studies—or even a new passion in life. TRU offers lots of opportunities and guidance to get started in undergraduate research.