Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Summer 2019 research awards are now available. Questions can be sent to Sara Murphy, sara.murphy@dal.ca

PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 15th.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

Summer 2019

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) sponsors a program of Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) for outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in research. USRAs are meant to nurture and encourage undergraduate students towards graduate studies and a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. These awards provide financial support through your host university, and allow you to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply for this award.

USRAs supplement the salary of a summer student working on an individual research project, designed with a faculty member who holds an NSERC Research Grant. Faculty of Agriculture USRAs will be held for 16 weeks in the summer of 2019.

Verify with your proposed supervisor that they are eligible. Supervisors must be NSERC grant holders during the period of supervision.

Completed applications, including transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this stage), are to be submitted to Sara Murphy, Research Office, Suite 215, Cumming Hall, by March 15th, 2019.

Number of Awards: Three

Value of USRA:

$4,500 for 16-weeks. Professors are required to supplement the amount of the award by at least 25% of its value.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Registered in a bachelor’s degree program (at the time of application) in the natural sciences or engineering.
  • 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.  Students graduating in May are eligible to hold an award.
  • 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.
You may hold a maximum of three university USRAs throughout your undergraduate university career.

Awards approved for Dalhousie may not be transferred to another institution.

2019 USRA application instructions [PDF - 17KB]

2019 USRA research questionairre [PDF - 10KB]

Applicants can contact Sara.Murphy@dal.ca to get a research submission form.

Sobey Agricultural Undergraduate Research Award

Summer 2019

The Faculty of Agriculture will award Sobey Agricultural Undergraduate Research Awards (SAURA) for the summer of 2019. SAURAs support outstanding students who are in the Honours stream of an undergraduate degree program in the Faculty of Agriculture. These awards provide financial support for undergraduate honours students to gain research work experience that complements their program. We encourage qualified Aboriginal students to apply for this award.

SAURAs will be held for 16 weeks in the summer of 2019.

Complete applications, including official transcripts, are to be submitted to Sara Murphy, Suite 215, Cumming Hall, by March 15th, 2019.

Number of Awards: Two (2)
Value of SAURA $4,500 for a 16-week period during summer 2019
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Enrolled in the Honours stream of an undergraduate degree program in the Faculty of Agriculture.
  • Completed at least 30 credit hours of course work with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • The student must have an identified supervisor for the summer research project.
The supervisor will provide additional funding to bring the student salary to the recommended pay rate for students employed in the Faculty of Agriculture.

Students interested in applying should:

  • Consult with an eligible supervisor.
  • Ensure that official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended are sent directly to Sara Murphy, Research Office, Suite 215, Cumming Hall.
  • Complete an application. This application must include:
    • a short cover letter
    • a completed research questionnaire form
    • a resume. Include information on your research experience and extra-curricular activities that demonstrate communication and leadership skills
    • unofficial transcripts if the official copy cannot be received by the deadline.

Complete applications must be submitted to Sara Murphy, Research Office, Suite 215, Cumming Hall by 4:00 p.m. on or before 8 March 2019.

If you have questions regarding the Faculty of Agriculture USRA awards, please contact Dr. Chris Cutler, Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies, at chris.cutler@dal.ca, or Ms. Sara Murphy at sara.murphy@dal.ca.

2019 Sobey research questionairre [PDF - 10KB]