The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has created the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain experience in research by working full time for a term with a faculty member in their area of interest. This award would be of particular interest to students who are considering a career in research and who may wish to continue their studies at the graduate level. Please see the Department of Chemistry website to research faculty members to contact as potential supervisors.
The deadline for the Spring 2019 term is January 31, 2019. Students and their supervisors must submit the Form 202 on the NSERC website by this date. Students will be required to submit an unofficial transcript from Quest for part 1 of the application, and will provide the reference number issued by NSERC to their supervisor who will complete part 2 of the application. In addition, students must provide a resume and a letter to describe their research interests, career goals, why they want to work with the particular supervisor and their research experience by the deadline date. Please submit the letter and resume to Julie Shikaze in the Chemistry Office, C2 280.
USRA award availability for the Fall and Winter terms is dependent on whether additional awards are made available by NSERC. Students who apply and are nominated for the USRA in the Fall and Winter terms may not receive notification whether they will receive the award until close to the start of the term. If your supervisor cannot guarantee your position without the USRA, you may wish to continue to seek alternate options.
Students must be registered in a full-time undergraduate degree program at the time of application and must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. The minimum average required for consideration for the award is 72 percent, but please note that there are a limited number of awards available each term and students are ranked for the award based on merit. Additional details regarding the USRA and eligibility requirements can be found on the NSERC website.
Please contact Julie Shikaze if you have any questions about the NSERC USRA.
Co-op Students: Please note that it is your responsibility to inform Co-operative Education by the required deadline about your intention to hold a USRA rather than seeking employment through Co-op.