Faculty of Science professors eligible to supervise for the NSERC USRA

This page contains information for Summer 2018.

Questions? Please see the main webpage for NSERC USRA in the Faculty of Science.

Who is eligible to supervise students for an NSERC USRA? What kind of grant must a supervisor hold?

  • In short, faculty members must hold an eligible active NSERC research grant (see list below), either at the time you submit the application or when you hold the award.
    • Faculty members who have received research grant payments after April 1, 2017, will be eligible to supervise a USRA student in the Summer 2018 term.
    • In addition, faculty members who have received an extension to use up funds from a research grant that terminated on March 31, 2017 (i.e. where the extension is active from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018) will be eligible to supervise a USRA student during the fiscal year 2018-2019 (Summer 2018).
    • The supervisor may be the principal investigator or the co-investigator of the grant.
    • Researchers holding only Research Tools and Instruments, and Infrastructure Grants are not eligible.
  • Co-supervision: NSERC allows USRA students to work under the supervision of two NSERC grantees as long as they work on a “genuine” research project allowing them to be exposed to all aspects of the research process. However, students must not move between laboratories on different projects over the 16-week period. One NSERC grantee has to be designated as the student’s official supervisor. Co-supervision by a non-NSERC grantee is not accepted.
  • Note also that proposed supervisors should hold their primary appointment at McGill University. If not, students should apply through the supervisor's primary institution. (Example: your supervisor holds her or his main appointment at Université de Montréal, but has an additional appointment at McGill as an adjunct professor. In this case, apply for an NSERC USRA through the Université de Montréal, not through McGill.)

Professors holding the following types of grants are eligible to supervise NSERC USRA holders for the 2018 competition:

  • NSERC Grants Programs
    • Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR)
    • Discovery Grants (Individual, and Team)
      • Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Program (SAP), (Individual, Team, Project)
      • Discovery Grants—Northern Research Supplements Program
      • Discovery Development Grants (DDG)
      • Discovery Frontiers
      • Discovery Accelerator Supplements Program (DAS)
      • Ship Time Program
    • G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding and Belmont Forum
    • CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program)
    • Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering
    • NSERC John C. Polanyi Award
    • Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering
    • Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE)
  • NSERC Partnerships
    • Automotive Partnership Canada (APC)
    • Chairs in Design Engineering (CDE)
    • Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP)
    • Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants
    • DND/NSERC Research Partnership Grants
    • Engage Grants (EG) and Engage Plus (EPG)
    • Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grants
    • Industrial Research Chairs (IRC)
    • Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)
    • Strategic Network Grants (SNG)
    • Strategic Project Grants (SPG)
  • Canada Research Chairs (CRC)
  • Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)

What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?

Your proposed supervisor might still be eligible. There are several possible reasons he or she might not show up here, which include the following:

  • This list does not include professors from outside the McGill Faculty of Science.
  • Some professors have appointments in multiple departments (or faculties), but are only listed in one department below.
  • Professors who are currently applying for an NSERC grant, but do not currently hold a grant, do not appear here.
  • The list below is preliminary, not final. It represents a slice in time, and may not have the most recent information.

If your proposed supervisor is not on this list, please ask if she/he holds an NSERC research grant, or is currently applying for a grant, and then provide this information to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science to verify the supervisor's eligibility.

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences: eligible supervisors

  1. Ariya, Parisa A
  2. Fabry, Frederic
  3. Gyakum, John Richard
  4. Huang, Yi
  5. Kirshbaum, Daniel Joseph
  6. Merlis, Timothy M.
  7. Preston, Thomas Colin
  8. Straub, David N
  9. Tremblay, Bruno
  10. Yau, Man K
  11. Zuend, Andreas

Note: Prof. Peter Bartello (whose grant is listed under Mathematics & Statistics) is also eligible.

Biology: eligible supervisors

See also the Redpath Museum below. Several researchers are cross-appointed in Biology and the Redpath Museum.

  1. Abouheif, Ehab
  2. Bell, Graham
  3. Brouhard, Gary
  4. Bureau, Thomas
  5. Chapman, Lauren
  6. Cristescu, Melania
  7. Dent, Joseph
  8. Fussmann, Gregor
  9. Gonzalez, Andrew
  10. Gregory-Eaves, Irene
  11. Guichard, Frederic
  12. Harrison, Paul
  13. Hendricks, Michael
  14. Lasko, Paul
  15. Lefebvre, Louis
  16. Leung, Brian
  17. Moon, Nam Sung
  18. Nilson, Laura
  19. Oyama, Tomoko
  20. Potvin, Catherine
  21. Price, Neil
  22. Reader, Simon
  23. Reyes Lamothe, Rodrigo
  24. Roy, Richard
  25. Sakata, Jon
  26. Schöck, Frieder
  27. Schoen, Daniel J
  28. Vogel, Jacalyn
  29. Watt, Alanna
  30. Weber, Stephanie
  31. Western, Tamara
  32. Zheng, Huanquan

Chemistry: eligible supervisors

  1. Andrews, Mark P
  2. Arndtsen, Bruce A
  3. Auclair, Karine
  4. Barrett, Christopher John
  5. Blum, Amy Szuchmacher
  6. Bohle, David Scott
  7. Cosa, Gonzalo
  8. Damha, Masad J
  9. Eisenberg, Adi
  10. Friscic, Tomislav
  11. Gleason, James L
  12. Kakkar, Ashok K
  13. Kambhampati, Patanjali
  14. Khaliullin, Rustam
  15. Lennox, R Bruce
  16. Li, Chaojun
  17. Lumb, Jean-Philip
  18. Mauzeroll, Janine
  19. Mittermaier, Anthony Karl
  20. Moitessier, Nicolas
  21. Moores-François, Audrey
  22. Perepichka, Dmytro
  23. Reven, Linda G
  24. Sleiman, Hanadi
  25. Thibodeaux, Christopher
  26. Tsantrizos, Youla S
  27. Van de Ven, Theodorus G
  28. Wiseman, Paul William

Computer Science: eligible supervisors

  1. Blanchette, Mathieu
  2. Cai, Yang
  3. Chang, Xiao-Wen
  4. Cheung, Jackie
  5. Crepeau, Claude
  6. Devroye, Luc P
  7. Dudek, Gregory L
  8. Hatami, Hamed
  9. Hendren, Laurie
  10. Kemme, Bettina
  11. Kienzle, Jorg
  12. Kry, Paul
  13. Langer, Michael
  14. Liu, Xue
  15. Maheswaran, Muthucumaru
  16. Meger, David
  17. Panangaden, Prakash
  18. Pientka, Brigitte
  19. Pineau, Joelle
  20. Precup, Doina
  21. Reed, Bruce Alan
  22. Robillard, Martin
  23. Ruths, Derek
  24. Siddiqi, Kaleem
  25. Verbrugge, Clark
  26. Waldispuhl, Jérôme

Earth and Planetary Sciences: eligible supervisors

  1. Baker, Don
  2. Berlo, Kim
  3. Douglas, Peter
  4. Gomez, Natalya
  5. Halverson, Galen Pippa
  6. Kirkpatrick, James David
  7. Liu, Yajing
  8. McKenzie, Jeffrey
  9. Mucci, Alfonso
  10. Rowe, Christie
  11. Stix, John
  12. van Hinsberg, Vincent
  13. Williams-Jones, Anthony E

Note: Prof. Nicolas Cowan (whose grant is listed under Physics) is also eligible.

Geography: eligible supervisors

  1. Chmura, Gail L
  2. Kalacska, Margaret
  3. Lehner, Bernhard
  4. MacDonald, Graham
  5. Moore, Timothy R
  6. Pollard, Wayne H
  7. Roulet, Nigel

Mathematics and Statistics: eligible supervisors

  1. Addario-Berry, Louigi
  2. Asgharian-Dastenaei, Masoud
  3. Bartello, Peter
  4. Chen, Linan
  5. Choksi, Rustum
  6. Darmon, Henri
  7. Genest, Christian
  8. Goren, Eyal Z
  9. Guan, Pengfei
  10. Harrison, Sarah
  11. Hoheisel, Tim
  12. Humphries, Tony
  13. Hurtubise, Jacques
  14. Jakobson, Dmitry
  15. Jaksic, Vojkan
  16. Kamran, Niky
  17. Khalili, Abbas
  18. Nave, Jean-Christophe
  19. Neslehova, Johanna
  20. Norin, Sergey
  21. Oberman, Adam M.
  22. Pichot, Mikael
  23. Przytycki, Piotr
  24. Radziwill, Maksym
  25. Sabok, Marcin
  26. Steele, Russell
  27. Stephens, David
  28. Toth, John A
  29. Tsogtgerel, Gantumur
  30. Vétois, Jérôme
  31. Vetta, Adrian
  32. Wise, Daniel T.
  33. Yang, Yi

The following supervisors' NSERC grant applications are currently in the review stage. You can apply for a USRA with them now, while their grant applications are pending, but to receive and hold an award in their labs, their grant applications must be successful. You may wish to angela.white [at] mcgill.ca (contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics) for special conditions that may apply.

  • Lessard, Jean-Philippe
  • Lin, Jessica

Physics: eligible supervisors

  1. Brandenberger, Robert
  2. Brunner, Thomas
  3. Caron-Huot, Simon
  4. Childress, Jack
  5. Childress, Lilian
  6. Cline, James M
  7. Coish, William
  8. Cooke, David
  9. Corriveau, Francois
  10. Cowan, Nicolas
  11. Cumming, Andrew
  12. Dasgupta, Keshav
  13. Dobbs, Matthew
  14. François, Paul
  15. Gale, Charles
  16. Gervais, Guillaume
  17. Grant, Martin
  18. Grutter, Peter H
  19. Guo, Hong
  20. Haggard, Daryl
  21. Hanna, David
  22. Hilke, Michael
  23. Jeon, Sang Yong
  24. Kaspi, Victoria
  25. Leslie, Sabrina
  26. Lovejoy, Shaun
  27. Maloney, Alexander
  28. Pereg-Barnea, Tamar
  29. Provatas, Nikolas
  30. Ragan, Kenneth J
  31. Reisner, Walter
  32. Robertson, Steven
  33. Rutledge, Robert
  34. Ryan, Dominic
  35. Siwick, Bradley
  36. Sutton, Mark
  37. Vachon, Brigitte
  38. Warburton, Andreas
  39. Webb, Tracy

Psychology: eligible supervisors

  1. Bagot, Rosemary
  2. Bartz, Jennifer
  3. Britt, Jonathan
  4. Hwang, Heungsun
  5. Mogil, Jeffrey
  6. Nader, Karim
  7. Onishi, Kristine
  8. Ostry, David J
  9. Otto, A. Ross
  10. Palmer, Caroline
  11. Ristic, Jelena
  12. Roy, Mathieu
  13. Sheldon, Signy
  14. Shultz, Thomas R
  15. Titone, Debra
  16. Weinberg, Anna
  17. White, Norman

Redpath Museum: eligible supervisors

See also the Department of Biology above. Several researchers are cross-appointed in Biology and the Redpath Museum.

  1. Barrett, Rowan
  2. Green, David M
  3. Hendry, Andrew
  4. Larsson, Hans
  5. Millien, Virginie
  6. Ricciardi, Anthony

Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Physiology

These departments are part of the Faculty of Medicine. Please refer to the Faculty of Medicine's webpage for NSERC USRA.