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.
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
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 a good idea to get a head start and begin planning fairly early. The Research Office provides twice-yearly information sessions to students who are interested in applying – see below to find out when the next one will be held. Please note that these sessions are not exclusively destined to students in their final year. In fact, all students are encouraged to attend to learn about strategies that can be implemented throughout their entire time at Bishop’s to increase their chances of receiving a graduate scholarship. When you are ready to apply, please do not hesitate to contact Raphaëlle Mercier Gauthier, Research Officer at email@example.com if you wish to receive one-on-one guidance and advice.
Student Scholarship Application Presentation: September 10, 2020.
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.