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Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program

The Spring Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) Program is intended to provide valuable, educational research experience for undergraduate students during the term.

Online applications are now closed for the Spring 2020 URA Program. 

The program provides: 

  • 16-paid weeks of applied and theoretical mathematics-related research in a broad range of research areas
  • Recognition of the accomplishment of each URA student's work through the weekly seminars at the close of the program. 
  • Career development and research guidance
  • An opportunity to become a part of a research community and meet other students and faculty members. 
  • The prospect of receiving an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

Alternatively, opportunities to work with faculty on an individual basis in the Fall and Winter terms are posted to the URA Job Board.

There are numerous benefits for students who become involved in research during their undergraduate career. The experience allows undergraduate students to develop a better understanding of academic publishing, learn how to balance both collaborative and individual work, establish an area of interest and to start their careers as researchers.

While participating in the URA program, many students discover their passion for research. Many decide to pursue this passion through graduate studies and/or finding employment in the public sector related to their research skills.

URA Experiences

Alex Remorov Picture Elyot Grant Sabin Cautis  

Alex Remorov

Elyot Grant

Sabin Cautis

To learn more about past URA research publications.


During the 16-week assistantship, a faculty member from the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization will mentor a student. The placement of a student with a specific faculty member is aligned with their research interests, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Department Chair. To recognize the accomplishment of each student of the URA cohort, students will present their work at a seminar at the close of the program.


Qualified URA applications must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada or International students on study permits.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Be a student enrolled in either a full-time regular or co-op Bachelor of Mathematics program at a University or College. 
  • Eligible to work in Canada. 
  • Completed at least a 2B academic term. 
  • Be in good academic standing. 

Student Stipend

As part of the URA program, research assistants will receive:

  • $10,000 stipend for program participation. 
  • Potential for travel to and from academic conferences. 

How to Apply

This program requires a formal on-line application. Non-UW students are encouraged to apply. 

Applications should include:

  • One collated .PDF file including: a cover letter detailing specific aims/objectives and a CV/resume with two references (including contact info). 
  • A copy of an unofficial transcript
  • Deadline to apply is in early December.

Applications will be reviewed based on the merit of the qualifications of the applicant.


Have questions about the application process for the program?

View our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.

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