Research and Conferences

There are many opportunities for undergraduate students in our Honours and Majors programs to engage in research activities throughout the department. Undergrads can attend reading groups offered by various departmental labs, take directed studies courses, and by attend our Distinguished Lecture Series, faculty talks, and honours seminars.

Students who are considering applying to graduate school are strongly encouraged to participate.

There are many ways to can get exposure to research as an undergraduate student. They range from small targeted events such as attending a lecture in the Distinguished Lecture Series, to doing a research project with a faculty member for course credit, to spending 16 weeks working full-time over the summer with a faculty member on a project under the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) program.

You can also become a mentee with Uudergraduate Research Opportunity (URO). URO runs the Research Experience Program (REX) during the school year from September until March, with the aim of encouraging and facilitating undergraduate students into research.

If you are interested in working on research projects with a faculty member, there are a variety of student-oriented or particularly student-friendly CS research venues to publish your research work.  Here are some examples:

You could explore the above venues and other discipline specific conferences with your research mentor.

Invited Speakers and Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) Talks

A variety of cutting edge computer science research topics are covered every year through talks given by top-notch invited international researchers. The talks are typically on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00, but not every week, and offer an easy way to get research exposure.  Undergrads are encouraged to attend. Keep an eye out for posters around the Department. Links for the CPSC DLS talks, the ICICS DLS talks, and all special Department events/talks are found at:

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