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Students at Bishop’s University are given many opportunities to participate in research activities. This section outlines the various opportunities that are offered to Bishop’s University students who wish to get involved in academic research. See below to learn more about research assistantships, research internships and funding opportunities, obtaining support in the graduate scholarship application process and participating in various research-related events held on campus throughout the year.

Research Assistantships

Undergraduate students at Bishop’s University may have the opportunity to work as research assistants on research projects led by faculty members. In fact, in 2017-2018, undergraduate students made up 65% of all research personnel hired at Bishop’s! Working as research assistants provides students with a unique opportunity to discover the world of research early on in their academic careers, and is a helpful stepping stone for moving on to graduate studies and applying for graduate scholarships.

Research personnel, 2017-2018

Research personnel 2017-2018

At Bishop’s University, there are plenty of opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in research. After my first semester here, I got recruited to work as a research assistant, and I have been doing research ever since. Not only did this experience help me a great deal to narrow down my career interests, but the connections and networking that comes with research gave me the tools to pursue those ambitions. Being involved in research also comes with a lot of benefits. I mean, why have a student job over the summer when you can do research? Indeed, there are bursaries available for Bishop’s students such as the FRQSC and USRA that allow you to conduct research over the summer. Furthermore, research brings you places, literally: I have had the chance to travel, expenses paid, to Boston and San Francisco to attend international conferences. I can say with confidence that being a research assistant is the most enriching part of my university experience.

Julie Leboeuf, 4th year Applied Psychology student and research lab coordinator

Funding Opportunities for Research Internships

Undergraduate students may apply to various funding programs that allow them to undertake research internships over the summer semester. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada’s Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), for example, is a funding opportunity that allows students in science and engineering to gain research experience that complements their studies. Similarly, the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture offers the opportunity to apply for an Undergraduate Introduction to Research Scholarship to undertake summer research internships in the social sciences and humanities. Finally, the Mitacs Globalink Program provides funding to undergraduate and graduate students wishing to undertake a 12-week research internship in one of Mitacs’s partner countries.

If you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person with refugee protection given under law, you could also be eligible to participate in the Student Work Placement program. This program from the Government of Canada help give real-world, hands-on work experience to post-secondary students across Canada in a wide range of study fields.

The Canada Summer Job program can also be an interesting option for students under 30 looking to get paid experience. By applying to this program, supervisors can obtain funding for 75% of the minimal hourly wage ($13.10 in Quebec, as of May 2020) for prospective interns. Please consult myBU – Research Office – HR Forms for Bishop’s hourly rates for research personnel.

Support in Graduate Scholarship Application Process

Thinking of applying for a graduate scholarship? It’s highly recommended to start planning early. The Office of Research and Graduate Studies provides support to students who are interested in applying. Please do not hesitate to contact Jimmy Couturier, Graduate Studies Coordinator, at jcouturi@ubishops.ca if you wish to receive one-on-one guidance and advice.

Graduate Scholarships Presentation (PDF)

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Research Events

Through the year, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies organizes various research-related events. For example, during Research Week, held each year at the end of March, you can take part in our Student Research Poster Competition, which allows students to showcase research and activities they’ve recently conducted. Students are also invited to Café Scientifiques. Please consult the BU Research Newsletter, available on the Research Office page on myBU, to keep up to date with research events. You can also follow Bishop’s University on Social Medias.