Want to volunteer with URI?

The URI is currently accepting applications for its Peer Undergraduate Research Liaison (PURL) volunteer program, for the 2017-2018 academic year.

About the program

Every year, the URI recruits student volunteers (Peer Undergraduate Research Liaisons, or PURLs) to help us promote and support undergraduate research and creative activities across campus. PURLs assist with a variety of activities, including awareness-raising, event planning, program delivery, and advising students about research opportunities.

What’s the commitment?

PURLs are generally expected to commit three hours per week (September to April, excluding final exam periods) to URI duties, which may include:
  • Awareness-raising and promotion of undergraduate research (e.g. class visits, tabling at events, communication through social media)
  • Assisting with URI program delivery (e.g. scheduling speakers and events, preparing handouts and promotional material)
  • Brokering research opportunities for undergraduate students (e.g. assist with the Undergraduate Research Portal, broadcasting opportunities, researching new opportunities, advising undergraduate students about research opportunities)
  • Working shifts at the URI reception desk, responding to inquiries
  • Disseminating and celebrating undergraduate research (e.g. assisting with Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities)
All PURLs must attend a mandatory training session in August, and two staff meetings per semester.

What’s in it for you?

  • An opportunity to have fun, meet new people, and explore the world of research
  • A chance to help contribute to a culture of undergraduate research at the U of A
  • A supportive, friendly environment in which to develop a variety of transferable skills
  • Free access to services offered by the Career Centre (including resume/cover letter critiques, mock interviews, career advising, workshops, and experiential learning programs)
  • A reference for volunteers that satisfactorily complete a full term, and recognition on your co-curricular record.

How to apply

Undergraduate students in any discipline and in any year of study may apply to the PURL program. No previous research experience is required; we seek creative and enthusiastic generalists who aren’t afraid to try new things and meet new people. Currently, we accept approximately 10 students into the program each year – a small but dedicated group, which allows for more individual mentorship and skill development suitable to each student’s goals and interests.

Application Process:

  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview between March 27-April 6th
  • Successful candidates will be notified no later than April 14, 2017.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact uri@ualberta.ca.