University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

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 sciences. 

Q. Who is eligible to apply for an award?

Q. Who is eligible to hold an 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.


Evan Crawford, veterinary student, Class of 2011