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2020 Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) and Showcase

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URO Program

Ryerson University’s Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) is funding the Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) program in Summer 2020. The URO program offers students a meaningful opportunity to participate in scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activities and to benefit from working directly with a faculty mentor.

  • Participants must be current, full-time undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA greater than 3.0.
  • The award cannot be held concurrently with another student position on campus.
  • The program supports student employment for 14 weeks from May to August 2020.

For complete details and deadlines for the URO program, please email your faculty contact (see below for email) and include ‘URO Program’ in the subject line.

Virtual URO Workshop

Ryerson is operating under an essential services model to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All in-person events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. We will therefore be hosting the 2020 URO Workshop virtually on Zoom.

URO Workshop schedule

Three identical workshop sessions have been scheduled.

Each session will offer the same content.

Registered participants will receive an invitation for the workshop via email.

Registration for the following Workshops has now closed.

  • URO Workshop Session 1 (FCS, FCAD, Arts): Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 1 pm - 3 pm ET
  • URO Workshop Session 2 (FoS, TRSM): Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 1pm - 3 pm ET
  • URO Workshop Session 3 (FEAS): Thursday, June 18, 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET

URO Showcase

The URO Showcase is hosted by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation in collaboration with Ryerson University Library to help promote undergraduate research at Ryerson. The Showcase is a valuable opportunity for students to learn important research-related skills and to prepare for academic and career development.  

Students from across all faculties in the URO program at Ryerson present their research at the URO Showcase to an audience that includes faculty supervisors and staff.

Participation in the URO Showcase is a required element of the URO program (as per the URO Guidelines, 2020 Competition).

The 2020 URO Showcase will be virtual

This year’s URO Showcase will be held in September 2020 as a virtual event.

This change in format is due to Ryerson operating under an essential services model to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The virtual 2020 URO Showcase will take place on Zoom.

There will be multiple URO Showcase sessions with a limited number of presentations per session. Students will have the option to choose from a selection of dates designated for their faculties.

Register for the URO Showcase

Students will need to register to secure their place in the session of their choice.

The session dates will be circulated to all participants at the same time.

More information, including the presentation dates for the URO Showcase and registration details, will be shared in July 2020.

URO Showcase presentation overview

  • Students will have 3 minutes to present their research project, followed by 2 minutes of questions from faculty and staff.
  • Students should be prepared to share/talk about their work in language geared to a general audience unfamiliar with the student’s field of research.
  • Students are expected to present a visual component which can be either of the following:
    • PowerPoint/Google slides
    • Other media (e.g., a 3-minute video, animation, etc.)


Students will present their research to a wide audience, including faculty, supervisors and staff. Other students presenting during the session will also be part of the audience.

Students will be permitted to use the “Share Screen” feature during the Zoom event to present their research project.

Students will be presenting their projects in live, 3-minute presentations.

The URO Showcase will be recorded. If you have questions about recording, please contact

Students can access the Ryerson University Library Digital Repository to view projects from the 2019 URO cohort.

URO students can opt to add their poster/presentation as a PDF version to the Ryerson University Library Digital Repository.

Citation style varies across disciplines. Check with your faculty supervisor to determine what citation style you should use.

Visit the Ryerson Digital Media Projects website for more information about Zoom or contact for technical support.