Record year for investment in undergraduate research – TRU Newsroom
Eleven students will spend the winter investigating original and important research topics that range from an exploration of the microbial communities within the permafrost of Cambridge Bay, to the accessibility of post-secondary for low-income students.
These projects, all of which will contribute new knowledge to their respective fields, are funded through TRU’s flagship Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP). The program, which provides students with $6,000 scholarships (along with up to $1,000 extra for operating funds) has been available since 2003 and is supported by the Comprehensive University Enhancement Fund.
With two UREAP competitions held annually, to date, 41 scholarships have been awarded for an investment of $250,000 in undergraduate research.
“The increased interest in programs like the UREAP is remarkable, prompting the development of other new and exciting programs for undergraduate research,” said Sukh Heer Matonovich, Associate Director, Student Research and Public Engagement. “We are thrilled to see submissions from each of the different programs on campus, from law and visual arts, to nursing, business, science, and social work. Engaging students in undergraduate research is a priority at TRU, and our growth in this area is attributed to the commitment from faculty to offer invaluable mentorship opportunities.”
The UREAP is unique in that it moves students beyond the role of Undergraduate Research Assistant, and Research Apprentice, and gives them the opportunity to be principle investigators of their own unique projects.
The UREAP is a great stepping stone to becoming an Undergraduate Research Ambassador, which is a program that allows students to gain enhanced leadership skills while working with the TRU Research Office on numerous research-related projects.
To qualify for a UREAP students must have completed at least 60 credits and have a minimum GPA of 3.2. Each student is mentored through their project by a faculty supervisor.
2019 Fall UREAP Recipients
- Arjun Gill, Nursing, “Understanding the Decision-Making Process of Nursing Students through Case Study Testing”.
- Avery Pottle, Science, “The DNA of Cambridge Bay: An analysis of the microbial community within the permafrost layer of Cambridge Bay, Canada.”
- Cyrene Catenza, Science, “Capillary Electrophoresis Signal Enhancement for the Detection of Selected Xanthates.”
- Gabrielle Dagasso, Mathematics, “Genome-wide Association Studies and their applications in bread wheat FHB resistance prediction.”
- Jeanne Albutra, Social Work, “Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education for Low-Income Students.”
- Lyn Richards, Visual Arts, “The Uses of Beauty: Evoking Forest Ecosystems in the Context of a Climate Emergency through Visual Art Installation.”
- Natasha Little, Law, “Bridging the Gap between Science and Law: From Classrooms to Courtrooms.”
- Payal Khadaria, Business, “Climate change and its economic impacts on the forestry industry.”
- Sage Raymond, “Relationships Between Commercial Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) Viewings and Spawning Kokanee Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Numbers in the Lardeau River Valley, B.C., from 2012 to 2019.”
- Ryan Ficocelli, Computing Science, “Crowd Control Software.”
- Tristan Stanjeck, Tourism, “Local Attitudes towards Tourism – Kamloops”
Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 4:05 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: For climate’s sake, save the peat!
Sat, Jun 12, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: On the Embleton Trails – Kamloops Trails
Thu, Jun 10, 2021 at 6:02 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Fossil fuel industry faces an overdue reckoning
Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Island Lake Loop – Kamloops Trails
Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 8:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Lac du Bois Loop Route
Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 3:25 pm - Darryl Schmidt posted a reply on Grand Finale of the Kamloops Symphony’s “Running The Symphony” Initiative
Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Ragged Red Ridge Reverse Route
Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 1:08 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Sun rises on renewable energy and storage
Mon, May 31, 2021 at 12:46 pm - Deniel Lene Enriquez created a new Profile
Fri May 21 to Sat Jun 19 T(w)o New Heights
Fri Jun 18 to Sat Jul 17 “Painting with Wax” by Judith Anderson in the KAC Main Gallery
Thu Jun 24 Artist Coffee – Virtual Meet Up
Thu Jul 1 to Tue Aug 31 Music in the Park
Wed Jul 14 Renovate Smart Kamloops Virtual Home Energy Performance Workshop
Thu Jul 29 Artist Coffee – Virtual Meet Up
Wed Aug 25 Renovate Smart Kamloops Virtual Home Energy Performance Workshop
Thu Aug 26 Artist Coffee – Virtual Meet Up
Sat Sep 11 to Sun Sep 12 Parkinson SuperWalk
Tue Sep 28 Renovate Smart Kamloops Virtual Home Energy Performance Workshop