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
- 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
The award is valued at $4,500.00 and the term is 16 weeks (May 6 - Aug. 23).
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 $7840.00 .
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
- 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
- Students in their final year of a program are ranked lower on the
grounds that they would have already decided whether to pursue
How to Apply
- Students must fill out Form 202, Part I on the NSERC website.
- Supervisors must fill out Form 202, Part II on the NSERC website.
- BOTH students and supervisors must submit a paper copy of their respective parts to Karen Knight (Goodwin 554, 613-533-6782) before the announced deadline, near the end of February.
- Students must also provide Karen with an OFFICIAL transcript, which can be obtain from the Registrar's office in Gordon Hall.
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.