The Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URA) program provides undergraduate engineering students the opportunity to gain research experience by working with a faculty member to further their knowledge into their field of studies while earning $900 for the term.
To be eligible students for the URA program students must be:
- Currently registered in an Undergraduate Engineering degree program.
- Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 80% in their previous academic term.
- Entering into a 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, or 4B academic term.
- Receive approval by a faculty member to supervise a URA experience.
URA Supervisor List
The up-to-date URA Supervisor List contains information of all the faculty members who are actively looking to supervise Undergraduate Engineering students with their URA experience. It also includes information on various NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) projects that are also currently available to students.
The URA Supervisor List will continually be updated throughout the term as new information is received by the Dean's Office.
URA Application Process
- Contact a faculty member to propose a potential research assistantship with their project(s). Please see the current URA Supervisor List for some faculty contact information.
- Complete a URA Application Form (PDF) . The student is responsible for filling out PART A and the faculty member must fill out PART B.
Applications must be submitted through email to the Dean of Engineering Office at firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:30p.m. on May 26, 2021 in order to be considered for the Spring 2021 term.
Applications must be submitted through email to the Dean of Engineering Office email@example.com by 4:30p.m. on May 26, 2021 in order to be considered for the Spring 2021 term.
- The Dean's Top-up of $250 is only provided to the first 60 qualified applicants who are working with a supervisor in Engineering. After all the spaces have been filled, it is the responsibility of the faculty member, as the student's supervisor, to fund the full $900 remuneration.
President's Research Award Program
- A URA meets the criteria of a remote research experience with on-campus exceptions.
- To review the award program's eligibility criteria and submit an online application, please visit the Faculty of Engineering's President's Research Award page.
- If an applicant is applying to claim this award, please complete and submit both the President's Research Award and Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) applications. The URA application must be submitted to the Dean of Engineering Office at firstname.lastname@example.org by the posted deadline in addition to completing the online President's Research Award application.
- If a student is claiming the President's Research Award, with a value of $1500, they are not eligible to claim any of the $900.00 URA payment.
Questions? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the URA program.