Undergraduate student research opportunities

Sam Dusbinsky in front of research posterVolunteer

Undergraduate students who are interested in research in Pharmacy may consider volunteering in one of the research labs of our faculty supervisors.  Interested students should reach out to potential research supervisors directly.     


Undergraduate students (2B and beyond) in non-professional degree programs can participate in research at the School of Pharmacy by applying for an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). These awards enable students to gain research experience by working full time on a research project, under the supervision of an eligible grant holder.  Interested candidates should reach out to potential research supervisors, directly.

Students who wish to be considered for early acceptance (co-op students, in particular) should apply by January 21, 2020.  The final term deadline is April 17, 2020. Priority is given to students with an average of 80% or higher, and to co-op students.   

For additional information about this award, including eligibility criteria, see the NSERC USRA website.

Undergraduate Research Internship

Faculty members can apply for an Undergraduate Research Internship (URI) to hire undergraduate students for full time Research Assistant positions under their supervision.  All full-time University of Waterloo undergraduate students who are in good standing are eligible. Interested students should reach out to potential research supervisors, directly. Information about the URI can be found on the URI website.

Any student who works (volunteer, or for pay) must complete mandatory online training through the Safety Office and the Accessibility Office, and complete other onboarding, as required.

Senior Honours Research Project

Undergraduate students in an honours stream may be eligible to work under the supervision of one of our faculty research supervisors on an honours research project (e.g. BIOL 499, CHEM 494). Interested students should consult with the course coordinator in their home department for more information, and connect with a Pharmacy research supervisor who has a cross-appointment in the student’s home department.         

PHARM 401—Independent study

PharmD students who are interested in research can take PHARM 401, an elective course designed to permit students to pursue areas of personal interest and/or to gain experience in scientific research. PHARM 401 requires students to complete a research-based project, which typically includes conducting a review of pertinent scientific literature and the generation and analysis of new data. Research may be conducted in the School of Pharmacy, in a hospital, community pharmacy, or pharmaceutical company, etc. 

AFPC Student Research Poster Award

Each year, PharmD and graduate students in Pharmacy are encouraged to enter the School of Pharmacy poster competition.  The winner of the internal competition secures the School’s nomination for the AFPC Student Research Poster Award, and will be submitted to the national AFPC competition. The nominee should be willing and available to travel to the annual meeting of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada, should they be selected to present their research at the conference.

Undergraduate Research Highlights

Pharmacy student conducts pharmacy practice research through Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health