Who can join?
Undergraduate students conducting research
All undergraduate students conducting course-based, independent, or faculty-led research projects at the University of Saskatchewan (or interested in doing research now or in the future) are welcome to take part in SURE: Student Undergraduate Research Experience.
Students who register in SURE will be eligible to receive co-curricular credit by completing a minimum ten hours of research training, webinars, or events supported or delivered through SURE each term (fall, winter, or summer). SURE also partners with the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for the annual Summer Symposium, and with the USSU to support the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Webinars, Training and Events
SURE and University of Saskatchewan partner departments (such as USask library, Student Employment and Career Centre, Campus Safety Services, Canadian Hub for Social Science Research and others) offer live and recorded webinar/seminars as training events or learning opportunities on a variety of topics of interest to student researchers. Check back often as this list changes. You may attend live, or watch a recorded event after - both are acceptable for SURE CCR credit.
|EVENT||DESCRIPTION||DATE and TIME||REGISTER|
|Welcome to SURE||Join Merle Massie to learn about the summer SURE program and how it can support your summer research!||May 4th at 11am||Register|
|Comprehensive Searching for your Literature Review||Join USask librarian Susan Murphy for excellent tips on getting the most out of your library search.||May 6th 11am||Register|
|FUSION information session||Join FUSION lead Brock Egeto to learn about a second USask opportunity for undergraduate student researchers||May 10th at 11am||Register|
|Developing Good Habits||Join USask skills genius Gina Koehn to learn some good habits to get you through your summer research.||May 11th at 11am||Register|
|FUSION information session||Join FUSION lead Brock Egeto to learn about a second USask opportunity for undergraduate student researchers||May 12th at 11am||Register|
|How to organize and analyze your literature review||Join USask graduate writing lead Jill McMillan to learn about effective ways to organize and analyze a literature review.||May 13th at 11am||Register|
|How to Read a Journal Article||Merle Massie will host a workshop on how to read a journal article quickly and efficiently||May 18th at 11am||Register|
|How to Write a Literature Review||Join USask graduate writing lead Jill McMillan for good practices in writing your literature review||May 20th at 11am||Register|
|Managing your References with Zotero||You have read a lot of articles; now learn how to manage all of those references efficiently, with science librarian Helen Power.||May 25th at 11am||Register|
|Research Data Management||Possibly the most important webinar you can take: best practices for managing your research data. Bring your supervisor -- everyone learns on this one!||May 27th at 11am||Register|
|Open Publishing||Join librarian DeDe Dawson to understand how and where you can publish your research so that more people can find and read it!||June 1st at 11am||Register|
|Open Science||Join open science specialist Kevin Read to understand how, where and why you and your team can share not just your finished findings, but your raw data.||June 3rd at 11am||Register|
|Picture a Scientist Documentary||The ROCO documentary about gender bias in science, STEM disciplines and the academy. Invite your colleagues and supervisor -- everyone should watch this.||June 8th 11am (97 minute film -- open discussion to follow)||Register|
|EDI: Equity Diversity and Inclusion in Research||Join College of Medicine EDI specialist Erin Prosser-Loose to discuss issues of EDI in research.||June 15th at 11am||Register|
|UN Sustainable Development Goals and Research: A Road Map||Join Senior UN SDG specialist Yasmine Wafa to learn about the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and to talk about how you and your research fit into the larger picture||June 17th at 11am||Register|
|Establishing online identity and tracking scholarly impact||Join USask library lead Candice Dahl to look at how scholars develop their online identity and impact.||June 22nd at 11am||Register|
|Networking and LinkedIn||Join USask SECC lead Brock Egeto to understand how you can put the power of networking to your advantage, as well as tips to shine your LinkedIn profile.||June 24th at 11am||Register|
|Writing a Scholarship Proposal||Join graduate library writing specialist Jill McMillan to work on crafting an excellent scholarship proposal.||June 29th at 11am||Register|
|Writing a Journal Article||Join USask writing centre and USURJ coordinator Liv Marken to learn about good pratices in writing a journal article.||July 13th at 11am||Register|
|Publishing with USURJ||Join USask writing centre and USURJ coordinator Liv Marken and USURJ editors to learn the ins and outs of publishing with the USask Undergraduate Research Journal||July 20th at 11am||Register|
SURE previously recorded webinars are all available for viewing. Each viewing can count toward your SURE 10 hours for co-curricular credit. Follow these links to SURE playlists on YouTube, where you can also subscribe and be notified when we add new videos.
- Best Practices for Literature Reviews
- Research Analysis Tools -- CHASR
- How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research
- Research Data Management
- Career Planning
- Creating a Research Poster
- Publishing Research
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research
- Developing Good Habits
- Jeff Perera Gender of Success and Failure
- SURE program full playlist
The SURE program is sponsoring the Science, Research & Society Club.
A noon lunch and learn session open to SURE participants and the wider campus community, this club aims to engage students in STEM and research across campus. It aims to support students in two ways: to create a safe space for students to discuss, analyze and question research articles, science concepts and ideas; and to explore the human aspects of science by having conversations about topics like imposter syndrome, representation in STEM and research and EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion).
The University of Saskatchewan Safety Services portal has a number of online training courses, several of which can count toward your SURE Co-Curricular Credit. Note: all links take you to the Safety Services training portal and registration is through Safety Services for these courses.
|Covid-19 Health and Safety||Safety Resources||safetyresources.usask.ca|
|Safety Orientation for Employees||Safety Resources||safetyresources.usask.ca|
|Office Ergonomics||Safety Resources||safetyresources.usask.ca|
|Laboratory Safety||Safety Resources||safetyresources.usask.ca|
|UACC ethics courses||Safety Resources||Safetyresources.usask.ca|
Many students, staff and faculty are required or encouraged to complete the online TCPS 2: CORE ethics training offered by the Panel on Research Ethics. It contains 8 modules on research ethics that are applicable to all research, regardless of discipline or methodology, and can usually be finished in about 3-4 hours. (Please note: you may only count TCPS 2: CORE towards your SURE CCR credit once).
Find it here: tcps2core.ca
The University of Saskatchewan Library has developed a self-guided online tutorial on Academic Integrity. It's well-worth your time.
Find it here: Academic Integrity Tutorial
The Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (formerly SSRL Social Sciences Research Laboratory) has a number of webinars archived and available via their YouTube channel. If you are unable to attend one of our live training sessions and you need something that SURE did not cover, check these out.
SURE Summer Symposium
SURE Symposium 2021 will be held August 25th-27th online
Watch this page, social media, PAWS and your emails for further information
The SURE Symposium 2020 was held August 24th through 26th, online via the new USask LMS, Canvas.
Students, judges, supervisors and the entire USask community were all welcome to attend.
SURE Symposium winners:
Jessica McLeod-Mitchell (3rd place, Geology)
Spencer Krips (2nd place, Education)
Timothy Onofrychuk (1st place, Medicine)
We also had six honourable mentions: Alana Krug-McLeod, Jared Espenant, Jessica DeBruyne, Katrina Phippard, Monisha Chakder, and Shawn McAdam.
Our thanks to the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for their support and awards for the event!
Remote Research Support
The University of Saskatchewan has compiled an excellent site called Researching Remotely.
The University Library has laid out their remote library online instructions.
The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning has developed some guides -- particularly useful if you're giving presentations online, or teaching. Find it at Remote Teaching.
The University of Saskatchewan Library has numerous resources for students conducting research. These include workshops and webinars, writing help, math and stats help, copyright issues, citation guides, research guides and more. Find all this and more under 'Get Help.'