The NSERC USRA program provides support for research work experience in the natural sciences and engineering. Undergraduate students work full-time on a research project for 16 consecutive weeks in an academic term (Fall, Winter or Summer) with a faculty member who holds an active NSERC grant.
The NSERC USRA program is quota based with limited number of awards available. The University distributes the allocated quota to each department based on the number of faculty members who hold active NSERC grants and NSERC scholarship holders in the department. Questions regarding selection of a supervisor should be directed to the departments. For Cumming School of Medicine, direct questions to the Bachelor of Health Sciences Office.
Students apply for a NSERC USRA award by completing Form 202 – USRA or Experience Award in the NSERC online system.
1. The students’ application must indicate that they were registered full-time throughout their program, except for the final session during which they were only required to register part-time in order to complete their degree. The award must be held in the session immediately following the students' final session.
2. Students registered at an eligible university on a full-time basis in a bachelor’s degree program in fields other than the natural sciences or engineering are eligible to apply provided they meet all the other eligibility criteria and that they are engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering during tenure of the award.
Value: $5,625 total:
Duration: 16-weeks (4 months) on a full-time basis
University wide application deadline: January 23, 2017 (competition closed)
The Research Services Office conducts the administrative review of the applications to ensure compliance with NSERC Terms of Reference and guidelines. Departments conduct the internal ranking of applications. Contact the supervisor’s department for details on the internal ranking process. For Departments in Cumming School of Medicine, direct inquiries to the Bachelor of Health Sciences Office.
Questions on application submission and requirements:Denise Ward Research Grants Officer Research Services Office MacKimmie Tower, Room 300 (MT 300) email@example.com 403-220-5925