NSERC, NSERC Aboriginal and Faculty of Science Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs)

Apply for an undergraduate research student award

Each summer, students have the opportunity to work alongside professors in their research labs. These awards are intended to stimulate the interest of undergraduate students by providing them with a valuable experiential learning opportunity in a scientific research environment. Students holding one of these awards will be exposed to research activities during their work period.

Eligibility

  • Visa students are not eligible for NSERC awards. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada as of the deadline date for NSERC applications at the university.
  • NSERC Award Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Students from other universities are only eligible for the NSERC awards. They are not eligible for Faculty of Science Awards.
    Faculty of Science Award applicants and NSERC Aboriginal Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Students who have been registered as full time students, except in their final term prior to graduation, are eligible to apply for an award.
  • Students may apply to graduate studies but must not have started their graduate program.
  • Co-op or other students who complete their degree requirements in December rather than April are eligible to hold a Faculty of Science award in the summer following their final term.
  • Students already in possession of a Bachelor’s degree who are studying towards a second Bachelor’s degree are eligible to hold this award, provided they do not hold a higher degree in the natural sciences.
  • Students may hold a maximum of three (NSERC and/or Faculty of Science) USRA awards throughout their university career.
  • Supervisors for NSERC awards must be NSERC holders.
  • Supervisors for Faculty of Science, H.D. Gesser or Jack Prior awards must hold an appointment in the Faculty of Science.
  • Students must be enrolled in 24 credit hours for the H.D. Gesser or Jack Prior award.

Value of Awards

NSERC

These awards have a minimum value of $6,000. Of this amount, $4,500 will be provided by NSERC and the remainder (at least $1,500*) will be provided by the supervisor.

NSERC Aboriginal 

These awards have a minimum value of $6,000. Of this amount, $4,500 will be provided by NSERC and the remainder (at least $1,500*) will be provided by the supervisor.

Faculty of Science

These awards have a minimum value of $5,500. Of this amount, $3,750 will be provided by the Office of the Dean of Science and the remainder (at least $1,750*) will be provided by the supervisor.

The Jack Prior Memorial Undergraduate Summer Research Prize

Has a minimum value of $6,500. Of this amount, $5,000 is funded by donor support and the remainder (at least $1,500*) provided by the supervisor.

H.D. Gesser Undergraduate Summer Research Prize in Chemistry

Has a minimum value of $6,000. Of this amount, $4,500 is funded by donor support and the remainder (at least $1,500*) provided by the supervisor.

Duration of Support

The duration of the NSERC, NSERC Aboriginal, Faculty of Science, H.D. Gesser and Jack Prior awards is 16 consecutive weeks. If a supervisor wishes to extend this period, the difference will have to be provided from the supervisor’s grant(s).

Location of Tenure

Students may undertake their research project through any department in the Faculty of Science.

Selection of Students

Ranking will be based on Cumulative GPA for NSERC. The Faculty of Science Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) and the H.D. Gesser Award will be ranked by department. The Jack Prior award is selected by the Prior family based on the student’s community involvement and/or leadership but students must also hold a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Department Deadline

Departmental deadline: January 10, 2019 by 4:30 pm.