NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award
This page contains information for Summer 2014.
The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) in Universities program is meant to stimulate interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering, and the pursuit of research careers in these fields. Recipients engage in a research and development activity under the supervision of a professor holding an NSERC grant. It is an opportunity to gain research experience in an academic setting, while receiving financial support for summer 2012.
Duration: 16 consecutive weeks on a full-time basis, in Summer 2014
Value: $4,500 from NSERC + minimum of $1,125 from the supervisor.
Travel allowance: may be granted if you take up the award at a university other than the one at which you are currently registered (see the NSERC website and the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) webpage). Note that this program is offered at universities across Canada.
You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. You must be registered at the time you apply in a bachelor's degree program. You may hold a maximum of three USRAs throughout your university career. There are other requirements too: please consult the USRA information on NSERC's website. Individual departments may set higher application cutoffs than NSERC's minimum requirements, and this award application process is competitive.
How to apply; forms; student deadlines
The checklist (required), forms, and instructions are available via the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies webpage for NSERC USRA.
To submit a complete application, you need to identify an eligible professor to serve as your proposed supervisor and to submit a project proposal for you. For Physics projects/professors, see also this page. See also the webpages for Science departments (you can browse each unit's site to find professors' research websites).
Each Faculty of Science unit has a quota of available awards, and has its own selection process and deadlines. Apply through the academic unit where you wish to hold your award (i.e., your proposed supervisor's school or department, not necessarily your own unit). Students from other universities may also apply.
|Department or School||Contact person||Deadline|
|Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences||paula [dot] domingues [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ms. Paula Domingues)||Monday, March 10, 2014|
|Biology||susan [dot] gabe [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ms. Susan Gabe)||Monday, March 3, 2014|
|Chemistry||samuel [dot] sewall [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Samuel Sewall)||Friday, February 21, 2014
(NB: Submit applications to Otto Maass Chemistry Building, Room 322 — not to Dr. Sewall
|Computer Science||ann [dot] jack [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ms. Ann Jack)||Monday, March 10, 2014|
|Earth and Planetary Sciences||brandon [dot] bray [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Mr. Brandon Bray )||Friday, February 28, 2014|
|Geography||undergrad [dot] geog [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ms. June Connolly)||Friday, February 28, 2014|
|Mathematics and Statistics||angela [dot] white [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ms. Angela White)||Friday, February 28, 2014|
|Physics||Prof. Ken Ragan||Friday, February 21, 2014
(Before you apply, please read these application instructions specific to Physics)
|Psychology||julia [dot] marussi [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ms. Julia Marussi)||Thursday, February 20, 2014, at noon|
|Redpath Museum: Apply through Biology||susan [dot] gabe [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ms. Susan Gabe)||Monday, March 3, 2014|
Where you apply depends on your supervisor's department, not your own department.
Deadlines and procedures may vary if you are interested in an NSERC USRA with a supervisor from another faculty, i.e., the Faculties of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts, Dentistry, Education [includes the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education], Engineering, Management, Medicine, Music. You can find their websites via the University-wide NSERC USRA webpage.
- The Departments of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology, Pharmacology, and Physiology are a part of the Faculty of Medicine, not Science.
- The Faculty of Medicine also includes other Departments and Schools; see their webpage "Schools, departments, institutes, centres, units and facilities".
- Please see the Faculty of Medicine's NSERC USRA webpage for deadlines, procedures, and details, if you will be applying with a Faculty of Medicine supervisor.
Science Undergraduate Research Awards are a similar program for McGill science students, without citizenship restrictions and without restrictions on the supervisor's grant source.
The FRSQ/FRQS Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program was for students registered in an undergraduate program offering specialization in health sciences, including social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. It was cancelled in summer 2013 due to lack of funding, and it does not appear to be offered for summer 2014. Check the FRQS website for possible developments. (The McEntyre USRA was a similar program, but is no longer open to bachelor's-level students.)
NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Programs train highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad, to better prepare them for future careers in industry, government or academia. NSERC CREATE Programs consist of a group of accomplished researchers who work collaboratively to offer a defined research training program to a group of trainees. Find out more about the NSERC CREATE program. Many NSERC CREATE Programs support undergraduate students. At McGill, these include NSERC CREATE Training programs in: Astrobiology, Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, Bionanomachines, Integrated Sensor Systems, Medical Image Analysis, Neuroengineering, Medical Physics. NSERC CREATE programs are also offered at other Canadian institutions.
The Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) is a program for groups underrepresented in graduate studies in computer science and engineering, whom they define as "women, Hispanics, African Americans, and American Indians".
The Environment Canada Atmospheric Science and Technology Supplement - for USRA holders.
NSERC Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards: In cooperation with a company, students can apply for an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award to provide salary support to gain industrially relevant experience.
NSERC - CMS Math in Moscow scholarships - Usual deadlines: March 31 for the fall semester, September 30 for the winter semester.
Other opportunities - A listing of other research opportunities, generally outside McGill University.
Office for Undergraduate Research in Science, victor [dot] chisholm [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Victor Chisholm), Undergraduate Research Officer, tel.: 514-398-5964