NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) for Summer 2017

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) for Summer 2017

The Departmental Deadline to apply has passed. 

What are these awards for?
Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience, that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university.

Are you eligible for an award?
To be eligible to apply for an award, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • have been registered in a Bachelor’s degree at an eligible university in at least one of the 2 terms immediately previous to the award to be eligible to hold a USRA
  • obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least a B (73 -76%).
    *In the summer of 2016, students awarded NSERC in EngPhys had an average of at least an A- (80% and above).

Award Value and Term

  • NSERC will provide $4,500 and the supervising NSERC researcher will provide the remainder. Students must conduct full-time research for a minimum of 16 weeks in order to receive an award.
  • NSERC will contribute $4,500 to the student’s salary over this 16 week period. The university supervisor will contribute an additional amount :
    • Level I (completed) – $1,125 (minimum required by NSERC)
    • Level II (completed) – $2,800
    • Level III (completed) – $3,600
    • Level IV (completed) – $4,000

Please log on to the NSERC site and complete Form 202- Part I. Print the completed form and send the reference number to the Professor who will be supervising you. The Professor will complete Form 202 – Part II. Submit your completed forms plus your sealed transcript to Nicole Macdonald in the Engineering Physics office, JHE/A315.


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