Students and parents alike know that Carleton University offers a top-notch academic experience, but they will also discover it offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct their own research student looking through microscopeas early as their first year. The Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (CUREUS) is an initiative that supports students in conducting research with a faculty supervisor. Students can undertake research through the Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (I-CUREUS) where they can receive up to $2250 for their faculty-supervised research.

Why should I participate in I-CUREUS? By performing research in your undergraduate, you gain:

  • valuable exposure to research techniques for future plans including graduate studies, industry, government or community work
  • connections with professor(s) in your department who can act as an academic mentor
  • The possibility of experience writing a research paper under faculty supervision

I-CUREUS at a Glance

FAQs           Eligibility             Purpose and Procedures            Award Payment Selection criteria and distribution              Application          Presenting your research If you are a faculty member interested in supervising an I-CUREUS participant and you belong to an academic unit of the university, please visit our For Faculty page.


Students considering participating in I-CUREUS often have several questions. The Discovery Centre has compiled a list of your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers.


Undergraduate students must be enrolled (part-time or full-time) in a program in an academic unit of the university and must have good standing after the last academic performance evaluation upon application and during the tenure of the internship.

Purpose and Procedures

The student’s role is to provide general assistance to the supervisor working on a specific project. If applicable, the student can complete a major topical paper related to some aspect of the research. Standards of work should be set, outlining the responsibilities of the professor and the student. For example: A work plan and timeline should be agreed upon at the beginning. When possible, the student and professor should meet once per week. The students should maintain a work log. It will be expected that students share their I-CUREUS experience with other undergraduates through social media, Carleton websites and/or the Discovery Centre. Professors and their selected students apply jointly for the I-CUREUS program, using the official form. These applications are to be submitted to Ashley Fleischer, the Discovery Centre Administrator for review (ashley.fleischer@carleton.ca) The students’ work term will last a minimum of 8 weeks starting over the Fall or Winter semester. Students will be expected, on average, to dedicate 10-15 hours/week to their research project (not exceeding 150 hours at $15 per hour). Work must finish by the end of the Winter 2014 term.

Award Payment

Students must be documented by Human Resources before being awarded the internship. Administration of the award payment will be done by the academic department of the supervising professor. The award will be disbursed in installments throughout the term of the internship. The schedule of payment may vary depending on the department.

Selection criteria and distribution

Proposals will be assessed on: appropriateness of the proposed research work, the level of supervision and mentorship, potential output, such as research papers, and anticipated learning outcomes from the experience of working in the research environment. I-CUREUS awards will be made in a timely manner and consequently on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Projects will be evenly distributed across Faculties. Student and faculty can expect to be contacted during and/or at the end of the project to report its degree of success.


Application forms are available here for the Fall 2014 term. They will be collected on an ongoing basis up until February 1st or until the allotted funding has been spent. Notification of awards will be reported promptly. The application is available here (2014-15 – I-CUREUS Application). The Discovery Centre is working to become AODA compliant. Thank you for your interest.

Presenting your research

Some Carleton undergraduate students also apply to participate in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). NCUR began in 1987 as an opportunity for undergraduate scholars from a variety of disciplines to present their research. The conference is held annually and it is an excellent opportunity for meeting presenters from a wide array of institutions for higher learning while also honing the skill of research presentations. Carleton has sent students to NCUR since 2012 and the Discovery Centre has compiled the testimonials of the participants for you to enjoy. For future application questions, contact ashley.fleischer@carleton.ca.