Undergraduate Student Research
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Program
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of
Canada (NSERC) offers a national program that provides summer research experiences
to undergraduate students who are enrolled in science programs other than the
health sciences (medicine, dentistry, nursing and veterinary medicine).
NSERC's Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)
allow undergraduate students to gain hands-on experience in a research setting — valuable exposure that can help students determine whether they would
like to undertake graduate studies or pursue a research career in the natural
Q. Who is eligible to apply for an award?
- You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of
- At the time of application, you must be registered in a
bachelor's degree program at an eligible university.
- Over the previous years of study, you must have a cumulative
average of at least second class ( a grade of "B" or "B-," if applicable) as
defined by your university.
- If you already hold a bachelor's degree and are studying
toward a second bachelor's degree, you may still apply to this program. You may
hold only one USRA per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31), and you may hold a
maximum of three USRAs throughout your university career.
Q. Who is eligible to hold an award?
- You must have completed all of the course
requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms)
of your bachelor's degree.
- Immediately before holding the award, you must
have been registered for the term in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible
university. You must not have started a program of graduate studies in
the natural sciences or engineering.
- You must be engaged on a full-time basis in
research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering
during the tenure of the award.
Q. Who is eligible to be a supervisor?
WCVM faculty who hold NSERC grants are eligible to
supervise students whose research experience is supported through this program.
Undergraduate students can also choose to work with eligible faculty members at
universities other than their own.
View a list of the WCVM
faculty members who are eligible to supervise students under the NSERC
Undergraduate Research Students Award program.
Q. How much is the award worth?
The current stipend for NSERC's Undergraduate Research
Student Award is $4,500 for a 16-week program. Each student's supervisor is
required to add at least 25 per cent of the stipend (at least $1,125) to
increase the total to $5,625 for the 16-week program.
Q. What is the deadline for applying to the program?
Each university sets its own deadline for applications.
Please contact the WCVM Research Office for more information.
For more information about the NSERC
Undergraduate Research Student Award program and the application process,
please visit the NSERC web site.