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Are you an undergraduate student interested in gaining research experience in an academic setting that compliments your current studies?
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are designed to stimulate interest in research in the areas of natural sciences and engineering in an effort to encourage students to partake in graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields.
These monetary awards are valued at $4,500 from NSERC and an minimum additional 25% from the university for 16 consecutive weeks of full-time employment. A travel allowance may also be granted if you take up the award at another university.
Students do not need to be in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) to work with an ECE professor. ECE students, in turn, may also hold an award in another department or university, if you find a faculty member who is interested in supervising you.
ECE Application Deadline for 2017 : Noon, Monday, February 27, 2017
To be eligible to apply for an award, you must:
*New for 2015: Be registered in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university (full-time or part-time) in at least one of the two terms immediately previous to holding the award. For the purposes of this document, the terms of an academic year are: Summer (May to August), Fall (September to December), Winter (January to April). Registration in either one of the two summer sessions will count as registration in that term.
The USRA research is a full time activity. Students should not receive academic credits for the work done during the term of the USRA. Award holders may take a maximum of one course in addition to their USRA with the agreement of their supervisor. If the course is during normal working hours, special arrangements with the supervisor must be made for the student to make up the time spent on the course. In particular, USRA holders are not permitted to do thesis research during the term of the award. In addition, the USRA program makes no provision for sick leave or other interruptions of awards. Please inform the Liaison Officer immediately should a work term be interrupted or terminated early for any reason.
How do you apply to ECE?
A copy of your Form 202 (Parts I and II) and transcript (include ONE COPY of the LEGEND located on the back side of each transcript - DO NOT scan the legend multiple times) are also required to be submitted to the ECE Student Services in Kaiser 2010 either electronically as a PDF and/or Word document, attached to your ticket, or in hard copy during regular business hours. Signatures are no longer required.
We will use the ticket you submitted to keep you appraised of the status of your application. If you have questions about your application status, please reply to the auto-response.
NSERC will NOT accept hardcopy forms so the official application must be completed and submitted electronically.
Read the program description in the Program Guide for Students and Fellows before you complete the application.