Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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Undergraduate students in social sciences have the unique opportunity to participate in more than one research program. Make your start as a researcher beginning in fourth year, indeed, even in second year! With their unique format and learning objectives, these programs allow you to develop complementary skills and will enrich your academic experience.

See if this makes you interested in graduate studies, and develop skills prized by employers! Participate in one or many undergraduate research programs!

FSS 4150 Directed Research

The Directed Research in Social Sciences FSS 4150 is a three credit elective course. This course is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to participate, individually or in a small group, in the activities of an ongoing research under the supervision of a professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Directed Research opportunities are offered every semester. The course offer for the chosen semester is posted at the beginning of the previous semester.

Directed Research course: Fall 2021 (deadline to apply is September 6, 2021) - Winter term Research Projects will be posted online in November

Professor Research project Academic Unit of the Professor
Regina Bateson Human Rights, Crime, and Punishment (515 KB) Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Éric Champagne Production of short educational video clips on contemporary issues of public governance (531 KB) School of Political Studies
Christina Clark-Kazak Canada's response to refugees and forced migration (537 KB) Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Marie-Eve Desrosiers Humanitarian-Peace Development Nexus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (544 KB) Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Christine Gibb Everyday Experiences & Mobilities of Children, Teens and Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic. (554 KB) School of International Development and Global Studies
André Laliberté Program Evaluation of the Undergraduate Program in International Studies and Modern Languages (EIL) (528 KB) School of Political Studies
Anne Mévellec Élections municipales au Québec: enjeux et candidatures partisanes (533 KB) School of Political Studies
Alvaro Pires L'énigme de l'échelle des peines: droits de la personne et les «peines radicales » (CRSH) (559 KB) Department of Criminology
Emily Regan Wills Community Mobilization in Crisis (546 KB) School of Political Studies
Emily Regan Wills Alternative Approaches to Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning in Transformative Grant-making (557 KB) School of Political Studies
Willow Scobie Création d'outils pédagogiques sur les méthodes de recherche autochtones (681 KB) School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies
Scott Simon The Student Experience in Anthropology at uO (412 KB) School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies
Daniel Stockemer Youth Without Representation: The Presence of Young Politicians in Parliaments in the Canadian Parliament (555 KB) School of Political Studies
Luc Turgeon Multiculturalism, Integration Policy and Policy Outcomes: A Review of the Evidence (538 KB) School of Political Studies
Luc Turgeon L'évolution des rapports intercommunautaires au Québec depuis 1960 (545 Ko) School of Political Studies
Jennifer Wallner Program Evaluation of the Undergraduate Program in Public Administration (PAP) (529 KB) School of Political Studies
Benjamin Zyla Better Understanding Local Peacebuilding: Best Practices (669 KB) School of International Development and Global Studies
Benjamin Zyla Canada and UN Peacekeeping (664 KB) School of International Development and Global Studies
Benjamin Zyla Afghanistan- Lessons Learned (555 KB) School of International Development and Global Studies


FSS 4150 Course objectives

The research activities aim to:

  • enrich the university experience and increase engagement in learning;
  • enjoy direct supervision with a faculty member;
  • clarify career goals and gain practical experience in the field of study;
  • enhance the interests and autonomy for higher education;
  • increase knowledge of research methodologies and processes;
  • become aware of the knowledge limitations inherent in any social sciences research;
  • learn about scientific communication.

Eligibility and evaluation criteria

Information3rd year students with 51 credits and a GPA of 9.0 will be able to apply for the course FSS 4150.

Only students enrolled in their 4th year of a specialized program of study at the Faculty of Social Sciences and meeting the following eligibility criteria are eligible. Please note that the selection process takes place in two parts: the first selection round is made by the Faculty according to the basic eligibility criteria, and the final selection is completed by the professor responsible for the chosen directed research.

Basic eligibility criteria

  • Have completed at least 81 credits.
  • Have a grade point average (CGPA) of at least 8.0.
  • FSS4150 may be repeated if theme is different.

Additional evaluation criteria

  • Description of the research project and its relevance for your program of study and your career objectives;
  • Letter of motivation: language quality, clarity and coherence;

Only applications accepted by the Faculty and the professor will receive by e-mail an official confirmation of acceptance. We strongly encourage you to register to another course pending on your official notification. You will be able to modify your registration within the applicable deadlines.

Application process

To submit an application for a directed research, you need to complete the following steps:

  • Fill out the application form (pdf), clearly mentioning the chosen directed research.
  • Write (on the form) a 200-word essay that shows how your participation in this research would enhance your student experience, support your professional development and fit into your career plan.
  • Send the form to fssvdoyenvdean1@uOttawa.ca the deadline applicable to the chosen semester.
  • Wait for the official confirmation of acceptance by the Faculty. Number of places available in the directed research courses is limited, and your academic progress will be reviewed.

IMPORTANT: Sending the application form does not mean that you will be accepted. If your application is approved by the Faculty (according to the basic eligibility criteria), it will be sent to the professor responsible for the chosen course. He/she will do the final selection. If you are selected, you will need to do the following:

  • Change your course registration by using the modification of registration form, which you will need to submit to fssvdoyenvdean1@uOttawa.ca.
  • Communicate as soon as possible with your professor to arrange your research activities and work schedule.
  • Notify us at fssvdoyenvdean1@uOttawa.ca, within the given deadlines, if you decide to withdraw from this course.

Note that you will not receive a schedule for this course, and it will not appear on Brightspace. Your schedule of research activities will be decided in collaboration with your professor.

Evaluation methods

According to the university regulations, this course requires a minimum of two evaluations in line with professor's guidelines and course outline. Work schedule as well as research activities shall be confirmed with the professor for a minimum of 120 to 150 hours.

All regulations and deadlines governing progress at the University apply in this case.

For each final grade, an amount of $250 will be provided to the research fund of the professor.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program offers a unique opportunity to undergraduate students of the Faculty, in their second and third year, to gain a first research experience. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students who complete 50 hours of research under the supervision of a professor of the Faculty. You will attend workshops, an orientation session, participate in a symposium, and write a research abstract. You will have the opportunity to develop useful skills if you decide to pursue and do the Faculty directed research course (FSS4150) in your fourth year.

For more information, please go to UROP's website.

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