Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities
March 14-18, 2016

What is the Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (FURCA)? 

Well, technically speaking - a "furca" is a two-pronged fork. Kinda like a fondue fork. We didn't plan it that way, but as is often the case in research...it just works. Why?  Because FURCA (the celebration) brings together all of our favourite things: undergraduate students and research. Research and creative activities. Teaching and research. You get the idea. FURCA is our annual, campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, showcasing the research and creative achievements of undergraduate students across all disciplines. 

Wait...I thought FURCA was in November? Why is it moving to March? 

This year, we moved FURCA to March. This was due to a variety of factors, but a major reason was the introduction of Fall Reading Week in November 2015. 

Is FURCA the same as the Undergraduate Research Symposium?

In 2011, the Students’ Union, with the support of the Undergraduate Research Initiative, held the U of A’s first Undergraduate Research Symposium, featuring poster presentations from more than 120 undergraduate researchers from a variety of disciplines. The goal of the Symposium was to foster cross-disciplinary awareness of undergraduate research and to promote broader student participation in research and creative activities. The success of the Undergraduate Research Symposium, along with a growing number of other, similar events on campus provided the inspiration for a campus-wide Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (FURCA), which now takes place each March, with the Undergraduate Research Symposium as its marquee event. 

FURCA builds on the original Undergraduate Research Symposium by incorporating more events and presentation types (e.g. oral presentations, performances, exhibits, etc.) under one umbrella, with a common judging and awards process for presenters. 

FURCA 2016 Schedule-at-a-Glance

The full listing of FURCA2016 abstracts is now available here. This version reflects the most accurate information as of March 8, 2016. 

The oral presentation schedule for March 14-17 is now available here

All events are FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP for events at the links below. 

Attending a FURCA event is a terrific way for undergraduate students interested in research to learn from their peers about research opportunities in various disciplines and how to get started. URI staff and volunteers will also be on hand at various FURCA events to provide information to students who are interested in getting involved in research. 

Monday, March 14

  • Oral Presentations (12-1pm, 1-031 CCIS, Free lunch included -- Register here!)
Tuesday, March 15
  • Oral Presentations (12-1pm, 1-031 CCIS, Free lunch included -- Register here!)
  • Performance Night (6-8pm, Dewey’s, Register here!)
Wednesday, March 16
  • Oral Presentations (12-1pm, 1-031 CCIS, Free lunch included -- Register here!)
Thursday, March 17
  • Oral Presentations (12-1pm, 1-031 CCIS, Free lunch included -- Register here!)
Friday, March 18
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Posters, demonstrations, exhibits (10am-4pm, main floor CCIS)
  • Keynote Presentation & Awards Reception (5-7pm, 1-430 CCIS, Refreshments provided, please register here)

Our Keynote Presenter
Alan Nursall, President & CEO, Telus World of Science


A skilled presenter, Alan Nursall is known for his engaging live presentations along with his weekly Discovery Canada segment, The Alan Nursall Experience, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes to reveal science in unusual locations. Nursall has over 30 years of experience in the science center and museum community, where he has developed world-class exhibits, programs, education, theatres, and operations, and he has led projects involving the Smithsonian Institution and the Canadian Space Agency. Originally from Edmonton, Nursall earned an MSc from the University of Alberta, and is a passionate advocate for science and learning.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Please RSVP using the appropriate form below:


Information for FURCA presenters

If you are a FURCA presenter, please see our presenter information page for details about various presentation types, judging, and awards.

Thanks to our sponsors:

The Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities is made possible through the generous support of: