September 12, 2014

Programs & Events

2nd Annual Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

This November, the URI is hosting the 2nd Annual Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (FURCA), a campus-wide celebration of the innovative and creative contributions undergraduate students make to research at the UofA.  FURCA will include a range of events and activities highlighting the achievements of undergraduate researchers and new opportunities for students to get involved.  The marquee event of FURCA will be the 4th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will be held in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) on November 13, 2014.  The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for students to share their research through posters, performances, or other demonstrations.  In the past, this event has brought together over 100 excellent undergraduate researchers from all disciplines on campus: history, biochemistry, law, neurobiology, religious studies, and more!  It is an interdisciplinary celebration of the UofA’s outstanding talents, as well as a place for the sharing of ideas between students, faculty, and the broader community.

Call for Abstracts

We invite all students who have participated in undergraduate research and creative activities to submit an abstract to present at this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Students from all faculties and disciplines are eligible to apply, and students may present work carried out through both academic (e.g. final projects for courses) and co-curricular activities (e.g. mentored research).

Students are requested to submit a 250-word abstract describing their research, along with information regarding their preferred presentation format (e.g. poster, oral presentation, demonstration, performance, art exhibit, etc.). For more information and to access the abstract submission form, please click here.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Never written an abstract before? No problem!

The URI will be hosting a session on how to write a research abstract!

Writing a research abstract is about more than summarizing your research results. It’s also an opportunity to generate excitement and enthusiasm for your research project. Often, it’s the first step toward presenting your research at a conference or symposium. With many fall conference deadlines just around the corner (including the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium), now is the time to learn how to craft an abstract that helps you stand out from the crowd!

Date: Tuesday, September 16
Time: 12:35 – 1:20 p.m.
Location: CCIS 1-031 CCIS

For more information and to register, click HERE.


Nursing and its research have never been charged with achieving so much. The best and most efficient ways are now urgently needed to:

  • mobilize and empower nurses to use research, to innovate, and to lead
  • ensure that talented nurses can readily access the best education to do research
  • develop and harness the methods and studies necessary to address the most pressing health needs

To meet these challenges, new approaches are needed – in short: Nursing Research 2.0.

Participate in Margaret Scott Wright Research and Innovation Day on Friday, November 7, 2014 to consider what Nursing Research 2.0 means, connect with others to spearhead change, and contribute to changing the future of nursing and its research.

For more information or to submit an abstract, click HERE.  Registration opens October 3, 2014.

Important Announcements

Accessing Netcare for Research

There is good news for researchers in Alberta.  As you may know, NetCare falls under the Health Information Act and the Information Exchange Protocol and has limited access for research purposes.

While Alberta Health is looking at new legislation that will enhance the access of Netcare for research, Alberta Health Services and the universities across Alberta have been working to expand Netcare access for research.  Click HERE to view the document that outlines the details.

In brief, Netcare can now be accessed by research assistants/coordinators and nurses who are not AHS employees if they are providing clinical treatment, care and/or monitoring patients for collecting health data to ensure the patient is safe to continue diagnostic tests or treatment.

Please read the document carefully. Ensure your Netcare use aligns to the care components and submit your application via email to

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