Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

Spring 2020- Winter 2021

Spring 2020

April 17, 2020

(or January 21, 2020 for co-op applicants who wish to be taken off WaterlooWorks right from the start and directly use the USRA as their co-op term.)

Fall 2020

TBD

(or xxx xx, 2020 for co-op applicants who wish to be taken off WaterlooWorks right from the start and directly use the USRA as their co-op term.)

Winter 2021

TBD

(or xxx xx, 2020 for co-op applicants who wish to be taken off WaterlooWorks right from the start and directly use the USRA as their co-op term.)

The Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.  The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science has 6 awards available for Spring 2020 term.

This award allows you to conduct research in a university environment full time for a term. The goal is to stimulate your interest in research and to encourage students to enroll in graduate studies in Statistics and Actuarial Sciences.  If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, this award provides you with financial support.

Eligibility criteria

  • Registered undergraduate student at a Canadian university and completed at least two academic terms
  • Cumulative average of 72% or above
  • Canadian or Permanent Resident 

See the NSERC USRA website for more details.

Find a Supervisor

You will work with a faculty supervisor while conducting a research project. Finding a faculty member to work with is part of the USRA application process. You may contact a faculty member directly and make your own arrangements to discuss his or her project. Or you can send your current CV, unofficial transcript and your research interests to Carla Daniels.

Note: the faculty member must hold an active NSERC research grant (e.g. Discovery, CREATE, Strategic, Research Partnerships).

Application forms & deadline

Students are advised to contact potential supervisors and departmental staff as soon as possible to ensure awards are still available for this year. Applications must be approved and completed by April 17, 2020 for Spring 2020 term.

  • Part I of Form 202: Completed by the student
  • Part II of Form 202: Completed by the supervisor

To create or access an application, select On-line System Login on the NSERC website. To view forms and instructions, select PDF Forms and Instructions on the NSERC website.  See the NSERC USRA website


Past Deadlines:

Spring 2019- Winter 2020

S19: April 19, 2019

F19: August 9, 2019

W20: October 25, 2019