Faculty of Science Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs)

Experience summer research!

Apply for an undergraduate student research 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 participate in 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 applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • NSERC Indigenous applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Supervisors for NSERC awards must be NSERC holders.
  • Students from other universities are only eligible for the NSERC awards.
  • 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 NSERC or a Faculty of Science award, provided they do not hold a higher degree in the natural sciences.
  • Students may undertake their research project through any department in the Faculty of Science.
  • Students may hold a maximum of three (NSERC and/or Faculty of Science) USRA awards throughout their university career.
  • Supervisors for Faculty of Science, H.D. Gesser or Jack Prior, Phil Hultin 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 and NSERC Indigenous

Minimum Value of $8,000. NSERC provides $4,500 and the remainder (at least $3,500*) will be provided by the Faculty of Science Dean’s office, the Department and the supervisor.

$8000.00 ($1500 [FoS] + $1500 [researcher] + $4500 [NSERC] + $500 [department])

Faculty of Science

Minimum Value of $6,750. The Faculty of Science Dean’s office provides $4,500 and the remainder (at least $2,250*) will be provided by the Department and the supervisor.

$6750.00 ($4500 [FoS] + $1750 [researcher] + $500 [department])

The Jack Prior Memorial Undergraduate Summer Research Prize

Minimum value of $6,750. The donor funds $5000.00 and the remainder (at least $1,750*) will be provided by the supervisor.

H.D. Gesser Undergraduate Summer Research Prize in Chemistry

Minimum value of $ $6,750. The donor funds $4,500 and the remainder (at least $ $2,250*) will be provided by the supervisor.

Philip Hultin Award

Minimum value of $6,000. The Faculty of Science Dean’s office provides$4,500 and the remainder (at least $ $2,250*) will be provided by the supervisor.

Researchers can increase their contribution beyond the minimum, especially when supporting senior, experienced trainees.

*The supervisor’s portion can be from an NSERC grant or any of their other research grants.  However the supervisor of a student holding an NSERC award must hold an active NSERC research grant.

Duration of Support

The duration of the NSERC, NSERC Indigenous, Faculty of Science, H.D. Gesser, Jack Prior and Phil Hultin 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. Faculty of Science USRA, H.D. Gesser will be ranked by department. 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. Phil Hultin award is selected by the selection committee.

Note: Award Recipients will be expected to participate in the Faculty of Science lunch hour professional workshops and poster competition

Deadline

Friday, January 17, 2020