How does SURE work?

All undergraduate students conducting course-based 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 taking co-op or internship positions are also welcome to join. 

Note: all students at USask conducting research must be supervised, and all research must be pre-approved (if required) by the relevant ethics committee.  Do not start a research project or conduct any research unless you are approved and supported to do so. Scholarly and artistic projects may be completed independently if they meet ethics standards for that discipline.

Students who register in SURE will be eligible to receive co-curricular credit by completing a minimum ten hours of training, webinars, or events supported or delivered through SURE each term (fall, winter, or summer). Students keep their own record of which webinars, training or events they attend. At the end of each term, they submit their hours and, if qualified, SURE is added to their co-curricular record.

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.

Please email undergraduate.research@usask.ca with questions. 


Students in SURE must complete 10 hours of training, from the following categories: 
Communication: 2 hours minimum
Research ethics, safety, management and analysis: 2 hours minimum
Professional Development/Entrepreneurship: 2 hours minimum
The remaining 4 hours can be chosen to respond to the student's experiences, disciplinary needs, and to focus on any areas with need support or improvement. 

Remember: all research conducted at USask must be supported via a supervisor or within a course-based research experience. Scholarly and artistic projects may be completed independently if they meet the ethics criteria of that discipline. 

Webinars, Training and Events

The SURE program pulls from multiple units across campus to offer a wide range of suitable options for your SURE co-curricular credit. Some of these events are organized by the Undergraduate Research Intiative. Others (see below) are offered by USask library, Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (CHASR), USask Safety Services, USask Ethics, Tri-Council Ethics (TCPS Core 2), Research Excellence and Innovation, Career Services, and many more! 

Event Date and Time Speaker Category Registration
So You've Got a Summer Research Job. Now What? Friday April 22nd 1pm Merle Massie Professional Development
SURE Summer 2022 Kickoff

Friday May 6th at NOON 

HYBRID online and in-person THORV125

Merle Massie Information
Comprehensive Searching for your Literature Review Monday May 9th 11am Angie Gerrard - Library Communications
How to Manage your Research Data (RDM summer program Part 1 -- all welcome) Tuesday May 10th 10:30am Kevin Read and Sarah Rutley - Library Research Management

How to Organize and Analyze your Literature Review Monday May 16th 3:30pm Jill McMillan - Library Communications
How to Read a Journal Article 11am Tuesday May 17th Merle Massie Communications
Indigenous Research Workshop: Dimensions of Ethical Principles in Indigenous Research 1pm-2:30pm Tuesday May 17th Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives Professional Development Link to come.
How to Handle Imposter Syndrome 1pm Thursday May 19th Jaclyn McLean - Library Professional Development
How to Create a Research Data Management Plan: workshop for students registered in summer RDM program 1-3pm Wednesday May 25th Kevin Read and Sarah Rutley - Library Research Management Registration is separate -- please contact Merle Massie for details. This program is linked with SURE but requires faculty supervisor permission.
Plain Language for Researchers 1pm Wednesday May 25th Research Profile and Impact and URegina Communication Register
How to Write Your Literature Review 1pm Thursday May 26th Jill McMillan - Library Communications Register
Managing References with Zotero 11am Monday May 30th IN PERSON/HYBRID ONLINE Helen Power - Library Communications - In person THORV125 or online via Zoom Register
So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur? (Business Basics 101)  1pm Tuesday May 31st Jenelyn Santos Ong Research Exellence and Innovation Entrepreneurship series Register
Write/Right from the Start: Research, field and lab notebooks 11am Wednesday June 1st Merle Massie Communications Register
Assessing a Business Idea Using Market Research  11am Monday June 6th Christine Peng, Research Excellence and Innovation Entrepreneurship series Register
How to Practice Open Scholarship: Collaboration, Integrity, Transparency 11am Tuesday June 7th Kevin Read - Library Research Management Register
Entrepreneur Speaker Series: From Student to Entrepreneur Noon Friday June 10th Lunch and Learn Alix Hayden REI and Dawson Norrish (Cub.bi) Entrepreneurship series

Register

Pathway to Commercialization 11am Monday June 13th Erin Kulhawy - REI Entrepreneurship series Register
Photography for Research Purposes 11am Tuesday June 14th - HYBRID in person THORV and online via Zoom Christina Weese - professional photographer Research Management Register
Science Writing Made Easy 3:30pm June 15th Jill McMillan - Library Communications Register
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and USask Research 1pm Thursday June 16th Aditi Garg, Gwenna Moss Centre Professional Development Register
Entrepreneur Speaker Series: Building your Team Friday June 17th Lunch and Learn Alix Hayden REI and Stephen Foley (Excir Works) Entrepreneurship Series Register
Picture a Scientist: Documentary Screening

Friday June 17th at 2:30pm

Neatby-Timlin Theatre, Arts Building

Merle Massie 

 

Professional Development

Register
Introduction to Intellectual Property and Licensing 11am Monday June 20th John Mapletoft REI

Entrepreneurship series

Research Management

Register
Entrepreneur Speaker Series: From Researcher to Entrepreneur Noon Lunch and Learn Friday June 24th Alix Hayden REI and Samer BuHamdan (Amb.AI) Entrepreneurship series Register
Introduction to Business Model Canvas (quick business plans 101) 11am Monday July 11th Chris Bowman REI Entrepreneurship series Register
How to Tell a Research Story with Visuals (Charts, graphs, and tables) 11am Wednesday July 13th Michelle Boulton, 3C Publications Communication Register
Open Publishing 1pm Thursday July 14th DeDe Dawson - Library Research management Register
Entrepreneur Speaker Series: The Pivot Friday July 15th Noon Lunch and Learn Alix Hayden REI and Melanie Morrison (BetterCart Analytics) Entrepreneurship series Register
Storytelling Your Brand 11am Monday July 18th Special guests Ben Borne and Melody Lynch of SymmetryPR Entrepreneurship series Register
Publishing with USURJ 11am Tuesday July 19th USURJ editors Kandice Parker and Alina Sami Communications Register
Makeover 101 for your visuals (charts, graphs, and tables) 11am Wednesday July 20th Michelle Boulton, 3C Publications Communications Register
Copyright and Permissions for Research Publications 11am Thursday July 21st Kate Langrell, copyright coordinator USask Research Management Register
How to Create a Research Poster 11am Wednesday July 27th Merle Massie RASI Communications Register
Establishing online identity and tracking scholarly impct 11am Monday August 8th HYBRID Helen Power Library Professional Development Register
Networking and LinkedIn 11am Tuesday August 9th Ali Wehrcamp Career Services Professional Development Register
Writing a Journal Article 11am Wednesday August 10th Liv Marken Library Communications Register
Creating top cover letters and an effecting resume 1pm Thursday August 11th Dawne Warner Career Services Professional Development Register
Powerpoint is Not Your Friend 11am Monday August 15th Rebekah Bennetch Ron and Jane Graham School of Professional Development

Communications/

Professional Development

Register
The Three Minute Pitch (for Symposiums) 11am Tuesday August 16th Merle Massie RASI

Communications

Register
Acing the Interview 1pm Thursday August 18th Ali Wehrcamp Career Services

Professional Development

Register
SURE Summer Symposium August 25th in person and HYBRID ONLINE Convocation Hall and online

Connection

Register

USask Safety Services training is eligible for SURE credit. The most common safety training for students includes: Covid-19 training, Biosafety training, Laboratory Safety, WHMIS 2015, and Safety Orientiation for Employees. All Safety courses qualify for SURE credit under Research Management.

Go to Safety Services training


 

Research Ethics: both human and animal research ethics training is eligible for SURE credit. Students actively working in human or animal research must take training. All ethics training goes under Research Management.

Training

Category

Link

Tri-Agency TCPSCore2 course on research ethics. 

Research management

Link to Tri-Agency TCPS Core2 Ethics

USask Animal Care and Research Support: Animal User Training

Research management

Link to Animal Care and Research Support - includes links to ethics training

USask library course on academic integrity

Research management

Link to Library course on academic integrity

USask Behavioural Research Ethics webinar

Research management

Link to USask Behavioural Research Ethics webinar

 

Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research- CHASRIf you're conducting social science research, past webinars offered by CHASR may help! Training in mixed methods design, survey design, NVIVO, triangulation, program evaluation, GIS, social network analysis, SPSS, and more. Any of these past recorded webinars can count towards your SURE credit, under Research Management.

CHASR YouTube Site


NOTE: if you are taking training in Python, Matlab, or any kind of coding or analytical program used in your discipline, those training hours can count towards Research Management in the SURE program. Take note of your training hours in these programs and count them towards SURE credit! 


USask Career Services offers many student-focused services, from career assessment (knowing your strengths/personality type to career readiness competencies) to one-on-one career planning (resumes, cover letters, practice interviews), through to professionalism in your online persona (LinkedIn and more) and career fairs, to connect you with potential employers. All USask Career Services events and activities qualify toward your SURE co-curricular credit under Professional Development. Take advantage today!

Go to Career Services website. 


LinkedIn Learning: USask library gives all students, faculty and staff access to LinkedIn Learning, an excellent free resource. There are THOUSANDS of training sessions here which can qualify toward your SURE credit. 

Go to LinkedIn Learning

The SURE program pulls from multiple units across campus to offer a wide range of suitable options for your SURE co-curricular credit. Some of these events are organized by the Undergraduate Research Intiative. Others (see below) are offered by USask library, Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (CHASR), USask Safety Services, USask Ethics, Tri-Council Ethics (TCPS Core 2), Research Excellence and Innovation, Career Services, and many more! 

Event Time Category Registration
SURE Winter 2022 Kickoff Friday January 7th at 1pm Information
How to Write a Scholarship Proposal Wednesday January 12th at 3:30pm Communications
Meet the USSU Executive Thursday Jan 20th at 1pm Professional Development
How to Write a Research Report Tuesday Feb 8th at 3pm Communications
Using Social Media to Fight an Infodemic Recorded by College of Medicine Communication
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Medicine Recorded by College of Medicine Professional Development
Rethinking Medicine Post-Covid Recorded by College of Medicine Professional Development
Business 101: Startup Bioscience Businesses Recorded by AgWestBio Entrepreneurial Development
Powerful Pitches: Helping Non-Experts understand your research Recorded by Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Communication
Social Media for Researchers Recorded by Sask Health Research Foundation Communication
From Talk to Action: Charting Equitable Futures in the Academy Keynote speech from USask EDI conference 2021 Professional Development
Global Sustainability vs. Human Nature Be Well USask podcast with Office of Sustainability Professional Development
Be Well USask series This podcast series can help support your professional development Professional Development Link to Be Well YouTube channel
Imposter 
Syndrome and How to Handle It
Recorded by Science, Research and Society Club Professional Development
Indigneous Science: Askootenow STEM Recorded by the Science, Research and Society Club Professional Development
Creating Space for Meaningful Indigenous Engagement Recorded by the Science, Research and Society Club Professional Development
Avoiding Plagiarism with guest Jill McMillan Friday February 18th at 11am Communication
PowerPoint is Not Your Friend Tuesday March 8th at 3pm Communication
Community-led research (seminar) with guest Rachel Loewen-Walker [Tentative] Thursday March 17th at 3"30pm Research management, ethics and safety
How to Make a Great Poster Friday March 18th at 12 noon Communication
Conducting informational interviews -- with guest Roberta Braid of Career Services Tuesday March 22nd at 3:30pm Professional/Entrepreneurial Development
USSU Symposium March 31st Communication Symposium is HYBRID - in-person on March 31st afternoon in the North Concourse of Place Riel, and online via Canvas
Event: Climate Change and Drought 2021 with Dr. David Sauchyn Friday April 8th Hosted by the Science, Research and Society Club Tickets

So you've got a summer research job. Now what? 

with Merle Massie

April 22nd at 1pm  Research management Register

Upcoming USask Library webinars (SURE-credit approved) Note: SURE students are welcome to register/attend both undergraduate and graduate level workshops at the library. Choose according to your interests, skill level, needs and available time. Writing and research workshops go under Communication. Citation workshops go under Research Management. 

Event Library link
Undergraduate writing workshops UG writing workshops
Undergraduate research workshops UG research workshops
Undergraduate citation workshops UG citation workshops
Graduate writing workshops Grad writing workshops
Graduate research workshops Grad research workshops
Graduate citation workshops Grad citation software workshops

 

USask Safety Services training is eligible for SURE credit. The most common safety training for students includes: Covid-19 training, Biosafety training, Laboratory Safety, WHMIS 2015, and Safety Orientiation for Employees. All Safety courses qualify for SURE credit under Research Management.

Go to Safety Services training


 

Research Ethics: both human and animal research ethics training is eligible for SURE credit. Students actively working in human or animal research must take training. All ethics training goes under Research Management.

Training

Category

Link

Tri-Agency TCPSCore2 course on research ethics. 

Research management

Link to Tri-Agency TCPS Core2 Ethics

USask Animal Care and Research Support: Animal User Training

Research management

Link to Animal Care and Research Support - includes links to ethics training

USask library course on academic integrity

Research management

Link to Library course on academic integrity

USask Behavioural Research Ethics webinar

Research management

Link to USask Behavioural Research Ethics webinar

 

Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research- CHASRIf you're conducting social science research, past webinars offered by CHASR may help! Training in mixed methods design, survey design, NVIVO, triangulation, program evaluation, GIS, social network analysis, SPSS, and more. Any of these past recorded webinars can count towards your SURE credit, under Research Management.

CHASR YouTube Site


NOTE: if you are taking training in Python, Matlab, or any kind of coding or analytical program used in your discipline, those training hours can count towards Research Management in the SURE program. Take note of your training hours in these programs and count them towards SURE credit! 


USask Career Services offers many student-focused services, from career assessment (knowing your strengths/personality type to career readiness competencies) to one-on-one career planning (resumes, cover letters, practice interviews), through to professionalism in your online persona (LinkedIn and more) and career fairs, to connect you with potential employers. All USask Career Services events and activities qualify toward your SURE co-curricular credit under Professional Development. Take advantage today!

Go to Career Services website. 


LinkedIn Learning: USask library gives all students, faculty and staff access to LinkedIn Learning, an excellent free resource. There are THOUSANDS of training sessions here which can qualify toward your SURE credit. 

Go to LinkedIn Learning

The SURE program pulls from multiple units across campus to offer a wide range of suitable options for your SURE co-curricular credit. Some of these events are organized by the Undergraduate Research Intiative. Others (see below) are offered by USask library, Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (CHASR), USask Safety Services, USask Ethics, Tri-Council Ethics (TCPS Core 2), Research Excellence and Innovation, Career Services, and many more! 

These events were from Fall 2021 and can be used toward your SURE credit hours.

Event Time Category Registration
SURE fall 2021 Kickoff event Friday September 17th 3pm Information
How does research work at USask? Thursday September 23rd 3:30pm Professional Development
Landing an undergraduate research job Wednesday September 29th at 3:30pm Professional Development
Science Communication - guest Jay Whetter (an SRS presentation) Friday October 1st at 12:30pm Communication
Roundtable: USask faculty on why they support undergraduate research Thursday October 7th at 3pm Professional development
Roundtable: USask undergraduate student researchers chat about their experiences Thursday October 14th at 3:30pm Professional Development
Faculty-student meetup -- speed 'dating' for undergraduate research connections Wednesday October 20th at 3:30pm Professional Development This event was live and not recorded. Watch for another coming up soon!
Research Skill Development Framework Thursday October 28th at 3:30pm Professional Development
How to Be a Changemaker: EDI in undergraduate research Thursday, November 4th at 3:30 Professional Development/Research Management
SparkPath: Exploring toward your future career Thursday, November 18th at 3pm Professional Development Not recorded. This was a live demonstration of SparkPath as  career exploration tool. 
Mitacs and undergraduate student opportunities Tuesday November 23rd at 1pm Professional Development
Faculty-Student mixer for undergraduate research Wednesday November 24th at 4:30pm N/A Not recorded. These are live events intended to connect students with faculty looking for summer interns.
NSERC USRA seminar: for students, faculty and Indigenous students Thursday November 25th at 3pm N/A
SRS Club presentation: Collaborating with Government Professional Development
SRS Club Presentation: Imposter Syndrome and how to handle it Professional Development
SURE RSAW fall 2021 Symposium November 29th-Dec 7th Communications Visit the Symposium

 

SURE previously recorded webinars are all available for viewing. Viewing past webinars can count equally 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. Note: all summer and fall 2021 past webinars have direct links, above.

Student Connection

The SURE program sponsors the Science, Research & Society Club.

Open to SURE participants and the wider campus community, this club aims to engage students in STEM and research across campus in two ways:

  • to create a safe space for students to discuss, analyze and question research articles, science concepts and ideas;
  • 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).

SRS will restart January 2022.

All registered SURE students will recieve updates, and events will be posted on PAWS. 

SURE supports a number of student social events throughout the year, including movie screenings, lab crawls, journal clubs, supervisor-student social events, SecretUSask and a student-led Discord channel amongst other ideas. Access to these spaces is via registration with SURE (see above). If you have missed the deadline for registration, send an email to undergraduate.research@usask.ca and ask to be added to that term's email list!

SURE RSAW Fall Symposium

SURE Research, Scholarly and Artistic Works Fall 2021 Symposium

Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives is pleased to announce our new SURE (Student Undergraduate Research Experience) RSAW (Research Scholarly and Artistic Works) Fall 2021 Symposium. This fall Symposium complements the SURE summer Symposium and the USSU Spring Symposium as an additional campus-wide symposium open to all undergraduate students in all disciplines.

Details: The Symposium was held online via Canvas between November 30th and December 7th. 

Symposium Winners: 

Honourable Mentions:

Katie Sofko: Changes in Tibial Articular Cartilage T2 Relaxation Time with Load – An in vivo Repeatability Study (authors Sofko KG, Elebute I, Cui L, Bzowey N, McWalter EJ) Engineering

Kayley Lawrenz: The Experience of COVID-19 in Rural Saskatchewan Long-term Care Homes (with Ivy Myge, B.A., Rebeca S. Pereira, BA., & Paulette V. Hunter, Ph.D.) Health Sciences

Yash Tendulkar: Experiences Supporting Videoconference Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Saskatchewan Long-term Care Homes (Supervisor Dr. Paulette Hunter) Health Sciences

 

Award winners: Second Place (three way tie)

Alina Sami: The Role of APOBEC3C Deoxycytidine Deaminases in Somatic Mutagenesis (supervisor Dr. Linda ChelicoHealth Sciences

Cindy Li: Design and synthesis of inhibitors for Glucocerebrosidase, a top biomarker and therapeutic target for Parkinson’s Disease (with Dr. Chris Phenix  Morshed Chowdhury) Physical and Life Sciences

Norah Ridley: An exploration of documents' privacy leaks (with Enrico Branca and Natalia StakhanovaComputer Science and Math

 

Top Award: First Place

Leah Houseman: "It’s a Violation of My Freedom”: Getting Informed, Social Media, and Face Mask Use in Canada (Supervisor Dr. Scott Thompson) Social Sciences and Business

SURE Summer Symposium

SURE Symposium 2022 August 25th HYBRID

In Person: Convocation Hall

Online via Canvas

 

 

All undergraduate students in any discipline are welcome to register and present at the SURE Symposium

Registration for summer 2022 SURE Symposium

Registration deadline: July 25th 2022