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Undergraduate research opportunities

Each spring term (May-August) the Department of Applied Mathematics organizes a very active undergraduate research program involving about twelve students, supported by NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Undergraduate Research Awards. Participants work on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member, and have the opportunity to interact with other participants and with graduate students. At the end of the summer we organize a mini-conference at which time all participants give a short talk on their research project.

NSERC Undergraduate Research Awards

  • The awards are intended to give undergraduates an opportunity to gain experience in doing research, with a view to subsequent enrolment in a graduate program.
  • The value of an award, including the University supplement, is $2,250.00 per month, for a maximum of four months.
  • Only a limited number of awards are available. Students should have an average of at least 80% in order to apply.
  • The research topics depend on the availability of supervisors, and typically involve differential equations and dynamical systems, computational math, control theory, fluid dynamics, cosmology and quantum mechanics. For most research areas it is necessary that students have completed at least their 3A term.
  • Students with an interest in Physics may pursue the possibility of working with members of the department who are affiliated with the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Perimeter Institute.
  • Co-op students may apply for an award to be held during a work term. Regular students may apply for an award to be held during the spring term. Most awards are held during the spring term (May-August).
  • Students from other universities are encouraged to apply and to take part in our Undergraduate research opportunities.

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How to apply:

Applications for the spring term are made in the preceding December.

Application procedure