Undergraduate Summer Research Awards

Second year software engineering student Catriona Chan presenting her research to Kamran Siddiqui, Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Undergraduate summer research provide opportunities for undergraduate student to obtain research experience during the summer months (May-August), and stimulates research interests in the natural sciences and engineering fields. They also motivate and encourage students to pursue graduate studies in these fields.

These summer research awards provide financial support for students to gain research experience by conducting research work at the university under the supervision of a faculty member.

Western and the Faculty of Engineering are committed to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization. As part of this commitment, we will consider diversity of the awardees to provide opportunities for Black, Indigenous, students of colour, students that identify as LGTBQ2S+, women, visible minorities, and students with disabilities.

Award Duration: 16 consecutive weeks (May-August) on a full-time basis.

Award Value: $7,500 minimum

Application Deadline:  January 27, 2023
Recipients of these awards are expected to be selected and notified by early March, 2023.

Western Engineering offers different types of undergraduate summer research awards (see below for details). The awards will be administered through a SINGLE APPLICATION for students to be considered for all summer award competitions. 

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Undergraduate Student Research Awards

NSERC USRA

To be eligible to apply for an award, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada as of the deadline date for applications at the institution;
  • be registered, as of the deadline date for applications at the institution, in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible institution;
  • have obtained, over the current and previous year of study, a cumulative average of a B+ (78%).

In addition:

  • If you already hold a bachelor's degree and are studying toward a second bachelor's degree, you may still apply for this award.
  • You may hold only one USRA per fiscal year.
  • You may hold a maximum of three USRAs throughout your undergraduate university career.

To hold an award, you must:

  • have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms) of your bachelor's degree;
  • have been registered in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible institution;
  • not have started a program of graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering at any time;
  • be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering during the tenure of the award;
  • NSERC will no longer require professors to hold an active grant when applying to
    supervise a USRA student. NSERC considers anyone who is authorized by their
    university to independently supervise students to be an eligible supervisor.

Value: The minimum value of the award is $8,400 (NSERC Award $6,000 + Supervisor's contribution (min. $2,400). Students often receive more than the minimum award. 

Part-time hours and vacation leave will not be approved.

Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internship

Description:  

  • A student award provided by Western Research
  • Same value as NSERC USRA
  • Program is similar to NSERC USRA, enhanced by additional professional development opportunities hosted by Student Experience and Western Libraries

Eligibility: 

  • Canadian Citizens/ Permanent Residents, and International students are considered
  • Registered full-time student in the term immediately before the award
  • Do not hold higher degrees in natural science or engineering
  • Have obtained, over the current and previous year of study, a cumulative average of a B- (70%).
  • Have not begun a graduate program prior to tenure of award
  • Not enrolled in an undergrad professional degree (M.D., D.D.S., B.Sc.N.

For more information on USRI programming, please visit: USRI - Research Western - Western University (uwo.ca)

Dean's Award

Same requirements and value as NSERC USRA, but

  • Open to both Domestic and International Students
  • Have obtained, over the current and previous year of study, a cumulative average of a B- (70%).

Value: The minimum value of the award is $7,500 (Faculty Award $3,650 + Supervisor's contribution (min. $3,650). Students often receive more than the minimum award.

Student Research Awards (SRA)

Same requirements and value as NSERC USRA, but

Value: The minimum value of the award is $7,500, which is contributed by the supervisor. Students often receive more than the minimum award.

Bill & Barbara Etherington Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Awarded to the top 4 undergraduate summer research applicants in ECE with a minimum average of 80% in their last academic year.

Value: $10,000

Northern Tornadoes Project 2021 Summer Research Internships

Description: This year, the focus will be on post-event tornado damage surveys and real-time hailstone collection and analysis. There may also be associated coding-focused projects. The hailstone collection work will be based out of Calgary and travel stipends will be provided. For those interested in the collection work, storm chasing experience and a good driving record will be considered assets.

Eligibility: 

  • Canadian citizen, or landed immigrant
  • Registered in any undergraduate university program at a Canadian university (senior high school students maybe considered)
  • Be available from May 2 - August 26, 2023

For more information, visit the NTP website www.uwo.ca/ntp

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Notes:

  • An external applicant (from another University) can apply for an USRA at Western University. The applicant applies through Western, needs to meet the USRA criteria, as well as any Engineering specific criteria. The applicant must upload an official transcript and university legend with their application. Please note that NSERC has discontinued any travel allowances they used to provide.

Below you will find a listing of available projects for Undergraduate Summer Research in 2023. This page is updated regularly as project information is received by the Graduate Office. This is not a comprehensive list of all opportunities, so please feel free to reach out to other faculty members on your own to explore your options! 

CBE

CEE 

ECE

 

MME