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URSCA 2021

Undergraduate Research in Science Conference of Alberta

Celebrating Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today.

Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) is proud to be hosting the Undergraduate Research in Science Conference of Alberta (URSCA) in from May 3-4, 2021.

URSCA brings together students, faculty, and members of the academic community from across the province who are actively engaged in research activities and committed to advancing scientific innovation at the undergraduate level. Now it its seventh year, URSCA has become Alberta’s premier venue for sharing and discussing the research being done by students who are taking steps to lead successful careers across scientific fields.

For 100 years, CUE has been a gathering place for students from around the world who are committed to making a difference and being leaders in the community. We are a place where anything is possible, where growth is guaranteed, and where everyone—regardless of who you are or where you’re from—is welcome, appreciated, and supported.  We are proud to be hosting URSCA 2021 and look forward to welcoming all participants to be part of our centennial celebrations.

Undergraduate Research Under Extraordinary Circumstances

URSCA 2021 will be held virtually and will celebrate the remarkable research done by undergraduate students over the past year. While research activities have been interrupted and negatively impacted by COVID-19, students from across Alberta have shown tremendous resiliency, perseverance, and dedication to scientific exploration.

As we continue to navigate the complexity of COVID-19, the role and importance of science cannot be overlooked or overstated. Tools developed through scientific research are giving governments, industry, and communities the ability and license to control, pivot, and rebuild from the pandemic.


Date: May 3-4, 2021
Location: Presented virtually via Zoom by CUE

Registration: To register for the event, please visit Eventbrite.

  • If you intend to submit an abstract, please register as a presenter.
  • If you are not submitting an abstract, please register as an attendee.

Event Agenda

May 3, 2021
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening Remarks
Keynote Speaker: Alejandro Adem
Poster Session
May 4, 2021
8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Oral Presentations
Student Entrepreneur Presentation
Oral Presentations
Awards Ceremony

Submission of Abstracts

If you intend to submit an abstract, please ensure you are registering for URSCA 2021 as a presenter. Once you have registered, you will receive a link to the abstract submission form in the confirmation email.

Abstracts will be received until March 26, 2021 at 11:00 pm and the length is limited to 2000 characters. Abstracts will not be received via email and should be text only (no images, Greek or unusual characters, or formulas). Submissions will be reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee and abstract acceptance confirmations will be released in early April 2021.


Poster Presentations: NEW  Poster presenters will no longer need to submit their posters to the URSCA 2021 committee ahead of the meeting. Posters should preferably be designed to be 90 cm high and 120 cm wide, and in landscape format. Presenters will have 10 minutes to introduce the poster in their assigned Zoom room, followed by 5 minutes for questions from the judges. We recommend the use of Prezi, but the platform choice is up to the presenter.

Oral Presentations: Presentations are limited to ten minutes followed by five minutes for questions. NEW  Students that have been selected for oral presentations no longer need to submit their presentations, but must prepare them using the software of their choice, and present them directly in the Zoom room during their allocated time of the assigned session.


For questions and more information, please contact ursca2021@concordia.ab.ca.