Are you looking to gain research experience, while bulding your CV? Thinking about applying to graduate school, or even medical school? An NSERC USRA may be for you.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) offers Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) 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. The department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology is allocated several awards each year. These awards allow students the opportunity to participate in research with a faculty member for 16 weeks during the summer. The award value is ~$6000.

General eligibility requirements include the following:
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • You must have a cumulative average of at least B-.
  • You must have completed a minimum of two academic sessions.
The deadline for completed NSERC applications will be announced here. Applications are typically due mid- to late-February. Please check this webpage in January for detailed information about Summer 2018 NSERC USRAs. You can also visit the NSERC USRA page for more details.

Note: If you are applying for an NSERC, you will also be automatically considered for the UTEA and KSR Awards.