Student Research Opportunities
Algoma University is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to participate in research. Whether you want to obtain employment in your field, or volunteer to assist in a research lab or a research project, our promise to you is hands-on experiences.
As a student, you will learn by getting your hands dirty, taking part in field work outside of the classroom, conducting plant and animal research studies, and so much more. Below you will discover all the research opportunities available to you.
Learn in State-of-the-art Laboratories
Students in biology study in the Convergence Centre, a 57-000-square-foot facility, which features state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, all accessible to our students.
Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)
Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate students’ interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage a student to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. If students would like to gain research experience in an academic setting, these awards can provide them with financial support through their host university.
The Biology faculty hires students every summer to conduct valuable research and help out within the Department of Biology. These work placements help build students’ resumes, but also provide students with the opportunity to publish their research findings – a rare opportunity for undergrads! The Algoma University Work Study Program is designed to provide on-campus part-time employment to eligible Algoma University students through the Financial Aid Office. Students can earn $12/hour for up to 10 hours/week that are scheduled around their full-time course timetable.
Summer Employment Program
The Algoma University Summer Employment Program is designed to provide on-campus full-time employment to eligible Algoma University students through the Financial Aid Office. Students can earn $12/hour for up to 35 hours/week during the break between full-time studies (May-August).
Should you wish to volunteer to assist in a research lab or with a research project, please contact Pedro Antunes, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier II in Invasive Species Biology (firstname.lastname@example.org) ext. 4379. The valuable experience and knowledge gained will be an asset to list on your resume and/or application to graduate school
“Working for Dr. Brandon Schamp as a plant community ecology research assistant has been one of the most valuable parts of my time at Algoma University. While aided by NSERC USRA grants and OSAP work study, I was given many great opportunities to help me see what a career in biological research can look like. I have learned many great skills, such as; writing scientific papers, conducting statistical analyses, and carrying out experiments in a field setting. I can confidently say that I feel prepared for any post-graduate schooling that comes my way. ”
“I have been a Research Assistant for Dr. Michael DiSanto for a full year now, assisting with the George Whalley project. In doing this work I have gained invaluable experience in things like; transcribing documents, uploading files and images to a database, editing, and much more. I have had so many opportunities thanks to this project, and I look forward to all the future opportunities that will arise because of it.”
Bachelor of Arts, Honours (Combined Specialization) - English and History, 2019