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 $800 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 (currently under revision and will be available last week of April 2019). The student is responsible for filling out PART A and the faculty member must fill out PART B.
- Fill-out and complete the personal information form for direct deposit.
- Please submit the completed URA Application form with the personal information form, in hard copy, to the URA Program Administrator in the Dean of Engineering Office, E7 7302, no later than the posted deadline for the term you are applying for.
Applications must be submitted to the Dean of Engineering Office in E7 7302 by 4:30p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019 in order to be considered for the Winter 2019 term.
- The Dean's Top-up of $200 is only provided to the first 60 qualified applicants. After all the spaces have been filled, it is the responsibility of the faculty member, as the student's supervisor, to fund the full $800 remuneration.
President's Research Award Program
- A URA meets the criteria of an on-campus research experience.
- To review the award program's eligibility criteria and to obtain a copy of the 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 together, in hard copies, to the Dean's Office by the posted deadline.
- If a student is claiming the President's Research Award, with a value of $1500, they are not eligible to claim any of the $800.00 URA payment.
Questions? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the URA program.
For more information, please contact Wei-Chau Xie, URA Coordinating Professor at ext. 33988, or the URA Program Administrator at ext. 44885, or visit the Dean of Engineering Office in E7 7302.