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ARCHIVED: Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates - Canada (CREUC)

Gail Murphy
University of British Columbia
CREUC Director


The Canadian Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates program provided undergraduate women in computer science and computer engineering the opportunity to network and present results from a research summer internship. The program provided a $750 travel reimbursement award towards attendance at, and presentation of a poster, at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.  The program also provided an opportunity to engage in peer mentoring with women undertaking computer science and engineering research internships at Canadian institutions through a private on-line system. Successful applicants were required to produce four blog posts during their internships discussing their experience and/or research progress and to submit a research poster at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. Applicants had to be female undergraduate students registered (at the time of application) as a full-time student in a bachelor's degree program in computer science, computer engineering, or a related field (for example, mathematics or electrical engineering) and considering graduate studies in computer science or computer engineering. Students had to have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least a B and completed two years of their bachelor's program by May 2014. The student had to have a position secured to work full-time for at least 16 weeks between May and August 2014 on a research project in computer science or computer engineering at a Canadian University. 


Students were selected based on:

  • The student's potential to gain from the experience (e.g., students at institutions unable to offer research opportunities with professors or student's pursuing research at a different institution than at which they are studying)
  • The potential that the student's participation will advance the goals of the program
  • The student's potential for success in graduate school, as indicated by her record


Mentors were selected based on 

  • The suitability of the professor's research project for undergraduates and the match of skills required for the project with student applicants.
  • The conduciveness of the professor's university environment to the goals of the mentoring project (e.g., an active summer research population that would provide the student with a window on future graduate life).
  • The professor's demonstrated skill in the delicate task of mentoring undergraduates.
  • The potential that the professor's participation will advance the goals of the program.

AWARDS FROM PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE PROGRAM (2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

This program was formerly called the Canadian Distributed Mentorship Program. Here are links to previous award winners.

For more information regarding CREU-C please contact Melissa Borts.