Queen's School of Computing

Summer NSERC: University Summer Research Awards (USRA)

The object of this program, which is sponsored by NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council), is to stimulate students' interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering, and to encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields.

To be eligible you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be registered (at the time you apply) as a full-time student in a bachelor's degree program in the natural sciences or engineering at an eligible university;
  • have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of "B" or "B-", if applicable) as defined by your university.

The award is valued at $4,500.00 and the term is 16 weeks (May 1 - Aug. 31). Before you complete your application you must find a faculty member in the School to work with. Your supervisor is expected to top up the grant to $6000.

The following procedure is used to rank applications in the School of Computing. The ranking committee is to consist of the Undergraduate Chair and up to two other faculty persons who are not supervisors of USRA applicants.

The first step will be to remove applications from students whose academic record or research aptitude are deemed inadequate. The remaining applications are then ranked taking into account the following:

Ranking Criteria:

  • Students' academic record and research aptitude.
  • Supervisors are to submit statements of support, and preferences if more than one student has applied to do research with them.
  • Students who have previously received an USRA are considered to have had their interest in research adequately stimulated and, other factors being equal, would be ranked lower than students who have not yet received an USRA.
  • Students in first and second year are ranked lower than students in third year, on the grounds that it is the latter who are most likely to be considering graduate work and are most likely to be useful to researchers.
  • Students in their final year of a program are ranked lower on the grounds that they would have already decided whether to pursue graduate studies.

Applications are to be completed on-line. Paper copies must be submitted to Irene LaFleche (Goodwin 534, 613-533-6782) before the announced deadline, near the end of February.

Do not submit more than one application; you should choose which project you want to be involved with before submitting your application.

For application information please visit the NSERC site.