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.

Please note that applications are no longer being accepted for the 2013-2014 I-CUREUS program. Thank you for your interest. New funds will be available beginning in August 2014.

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              Contact us

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.


When can I begin I-CUREUS?

Students find a faculty supervisor who is willing to directly oversee their research in the fall or winter semester.

How do I get funded?

The award is worth a total of up to $2250 for the student. Up to $1125 is provided by the faculty supervisor. The amount is matched by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

Do I need to be from a certain Faculty/Department to do I-CUREUS?

No, the internship program allocates approximately five internships to each faculty (Engineering and Design, Arts and Social Sciences, Public Affairs, Science and The Sprott School of Business) which are distributed among qualified applications.

Can I get a credit if I complete the I-CUREUS program?

You are not able to get an academic credit through the I-CUREUS program. This internship is designed to give students valuable research experience while working part time, not to fulfill your program I-CUREUSrequirements.

Am I eligible to apply to the I-CUREUS program?

If you are a full-time or part-time Carleton student with good academic standing and you will be enrolled in an undergraduate program in an academic unit of the university during the start of the internship, then yes, you are eligible! See the application for further criteria.

How do I know which faculty member is supervising an I-CUREUS project in my Department?

If you are interested in participating in the I-CUREUS program, you are encouraged to speak with your professors to discuss your interest and options, or see your Department’s Chair or Dean for further information.

What is the Consent to Publish Form and why do I have to sign it?

We would like to share your experiences with other students through the Discovery Centre website and social media to encourage them to apply. The form is a formal agreement where you agree to release information such as your name, biography, photos, award details, and course program; this information will be used to promote the I-CUREUS program and Carleton.

Can I include the I-CUREUS research experience in my Co-Curricular Record?

Yes, you can! You are encouraged tolog in on your Carleton Central and add I-CUREUS as an extracurricular activity. The Discovery Centre will approve your I-CUREUS enrollment.


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 2013 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- (2013-14 – I-CUREUS Application). The Discovery Centre is working to become AODA compliant.

Please note that applications are no longer being accepted for the 2013-2014 I-CUREUS program. Thank you for your interest. New funds will be available beginning in August 2014.


Please submit your I-CUREUS application form to Ashley Fleischer, the Discovery Centre Administrator by phone at 613-520-2600 ext. 1503 or through email at ashley.fleischer@carleton.ca.

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.

To learn about the experience of former NCUR participants, read their blog posts. Campbell Hennessy blogged about his research and presenting his work in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2013.  Visit his blog here: http://carleton.ca/discoverycentre/2013/the-national-conference-on-undergraduate-research-ncur-the-student-perspective/

Heather McAlister blogged about her research in South Africa and presenting this work with her research partner in Ogden, Utah in 2012. Visit her blog here: http://carleton.ca/discoverycentre/2013/students-blog-on-presenting-research-on-the-media-and-hivaids/

NCUR 2014 has closed its application process. For future application questions, contact ashley.fleischer@carleton.ca.