Undergraduate Student Research Awards
Summer 2020 research awards are now available. Questions can be sent to Sara Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)
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 2020.
NEW FOR 2020: NSERC will no longer require professors to hold an active grant when applying to supervise a USRA student. NSERC considers anyone who is authorized by their university to independently supervise students to be an eligible supervisor. The suitability of the supervision will be evaluated by the university as part of their award selection process.
Completed applications, including transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this stage), are to be submitted to Sara Murphy, Research Office, Suite 215, Cumming Hall, by 14 February 2020.
|Number of Awards:||Number of awards available will be updated in January 2020.|
|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.|
§ 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.
Additional details on USRA eligibility are on the NSERC website
Awards approved for Dalhousie may not be transferred to another institution.
Applicants can contact Sara.Murphy@dal.ca to get a research submission form.
Sobey Agricultural Undergraduate Research Award
The Faculty of Agriculture will award Sobey Agricultural Undergraduate Research Awards (SAURA) for the summer of 2020. 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 2020.
Complete applications, including official transcripts, are to be submitted to Sara Murphy, Suite 215, Cumming Hall, by 14 February 2020.
|Number of Awards:||Two (2)|
|Value of SAURA||$4,500 for a 16-week period during summer 2020|
§ 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:
1. Consult with an eligible supervisor.
2. Ensure that official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended are sent directly to Sara Murphy, Research Office, Suite 215, Cumming Hall.
3. 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 14 February 2020.
If you have questions regarding the Faculty of Agriculture USRA awards, please contact Dr. Chris Cutler, Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies, at email@example.com, or Ms. Sara Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.