Internal Funding

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Our students are curious about the world around them. They have ideas to explore and creative impulses to nurture. At MacEwan University, we value student-engaged research and encourage our students to ask big questions. 

Funding opportunities

Feature Opportunity

USRI workshops and additional information

In the weeks prior to USRI grant deadlines, the Office of Research Services, together with the Grants Adjudication Committee, hosts workshops to support you with the application process. Check our Events page for workshop dates and details.

Learn more about USRI grants by reading these documents.

USRI Terms of Reference

USRI Student Guidelines

USRI Final Report form

Faculty Mentor Guidelines

Student Intellectual Property (IP) Agreement

Travel Authorization Form

Undergraduate Student Research Initiative

USRI_LogoThe Undergraduate Student Research Initiative (USRI), a subcommittee of MacEwan's Research Council, is responsible for developing our student research strategy as outlined in the campus Strategic Plan for Research. The plan focuses on fostering student involvement in research and providing students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge.


The USRI collaborates closely with the Office of Research Services (ORS) and facilitates faculty mentorship for students engaged in conducting research and disseminating findings. As well, the USRI sponsors two internal grants.

Past recipients

Since the USRI grants were established, many students have had the opportunity to explore their research passion. Find out which proposals received funding.

October 2018

March 2018

November 2017

March 2017


Polar bears, whales and miles of ice

Alexandre Caouette and Rabecca Thiessen spent two weeks in the Arctic collecting marine sediment samples for a MacEwan faculty seafloor mapping project. Aboard the CCGS Amundsen, these students had the research experience of a lifetime.