Prospective Students

Interested in Research?

Are you a current U of A undergraduate student?

If you are currently completing your undergraduate degree at the U of A and would like to give river ice research a try, there are a number of ways to get involved. Two of the most common options are:

Dean's Research Award (DRA)

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The DRA program allows full-time engineering undergraduate students to conduct research concurrently with their course work. The research projects are simple enough in scope so as to require a time commitment of about 4 hours per week for 13 weeks. DRA projects can be completed in a single fall or winter term, or spread out over both terms.

The DRA program is a great way for undergrad students to give research a try! If you are in your second year or later and would like to discuss a DRA project, please get in touch!

More info on the DRA program:
Dean's Research Awards - Faculty of Engineering
List of Prospective DRA Projects - Even if I do not have a project listed here, please get contact me if you are interested in a DRA!

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

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The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) administers the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program. This program allows students to work full-time on a research project for 14 to 16 weeks, typically during the summer months.

The USRA program provides a more immersive research experience than the DRA program and allows students to become deeply involved in a research project. If you are planning to pursue a Master's degree, the USRA program can even be a good way to kick off your research project. If you are in your second year or later and would like to discuss a potential USRA project, please get in touch!

More info on the USRA program:
NSERC USRA's - Faculty of Engineering

Are you interested in pursuing an MSc or PhD in Water Resources Engineering?

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Do you think you might be interested in studying river ice?

Please take a look at my current projects and take a quick skim through my publications. Most of my research work is focussed on river ice and will likely involve spending some time working in and around freezing rivers. But, don't let that scare you off! Frozen rivers are truly beautiful, and working in the river on a cold, clear day is a very unique and rewarding experience. Just take a look at some of the photos scattered throughout this website!

If you aren't interested in river ice research then I encourage you to reach out to a professor who is more closely aligned with your research interests.

Excited by the cold and want to learn more?

If you are currently a student at the U of A or are in the Edmonton area:

Please send me an email expressing your interest. If I am currently recruiting graduate students I will be sure to reply and set up a meeting to discuss potential research opportunities.

If you are not currently in the Edmonton area:

All prospective students who are not available to meet in-person are required to complete this Google Form.

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Are you an undergraduate student from abroad?

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If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at a university outside of Canada and are interested in conducting a research internship at the University of Alberta, there are a number of scholarship programs available. 

These programs include:

More information on each of these programs (including eligibility and value) is available on the University of Alberta website. If you believe you are eligible for one of these programs and are interested in trying out river ice research through a research internship, please get in touch!