DEADLINE:  Monday, January 23, 2012

Information Session: January 12, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in SEB 3109 -- learn more about the program


NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) enable undergraduate students to gain research experience under the supervision of a Western Engineering faculty member.  The USRA award is meant to encourage the student to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields.  The award stipend provided by NSERC is $4500 for 16 weeks of work. In addition, students receive a minimum 25% supplement provided by the supervisor.  We encourage students to identify the faculty member they wish to work with and make the necessary arrangements.  The faculty member must be an Engineering Faculty member and hold a NSERC grant.  We will be compiling a list of faculty who are interested in working with a student.  If you can not identify a faculty member please see Diana Lee at least one week before the deadline. 

To be qualified for a USRA, a student must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • be registered (at the time he/she applies) as a full-time student in a bachelor's degree program in the natural sciences or engineering at an eligible university
  • 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 your university. 
  • not have started a program of graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering, or currently be enrolled in a professional program (MD, DDS, etc), or hold a higher degree in natural sciences or engineering.
  • The faculty member must hold a NSERC grant as a Principal or Co-Investigator (discovery, strategic or research partnerships) either at the time of application or when the student holds the award.
  • You may hold only one USRA per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31)
  • You may hold a maximum of three USRAs throughout your university career

Applications are completed online via the NSERC website.

All applicants need to submit a Notice of Intent by January 17, 2012 to:

Diana Lee
Research and Graduate Office
Faculty of Engineering, Room SEB 2079

Note: If you are currently a student at Western, you do not need to request an official copy of your transcript from the Registrar's Office. 

If you have taken courses at institutions other than The University of Western Ontario, please submit official transcripts from those institutions.

If you are a student at an institution other than Western, please submit an official copy of your transcript which includes grades from the Fall 2011 term.

Do not submit any additional materials with your application. Any additional materials will be discarded.

Hand written applications will not be accepted. Applicants must use the On-Line form available on the NSERC website.

Recipients of these awards are expected to be selected by early March.

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Susan Bedford
Research and Graduate Officer
SEB Room 2079
Telephone: 519-661-2111 Ext. 88327
Fax: 519-661-3808