Undergraduate Summer Research Awards (USRA) - NSERC
Summer 2017 Undergraduate NSERC Awards
Objective: To stimulate student’s interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering, and to encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields.
Value and Duration: The award is $4500.00 plus a minimum supervisor top up of $1800.00 plus required fringe benefits (vacation pay is included). USRA award recipients are expected to work full time (35 hours per week) for 16 consecutive weeks - $11.40 per hour x 35 hours x 16 weeks, for a total of $6,384.00).
• Students must work 16 consecutive weeks (35 hours per week)
• Student are not permitted to do thesis research while holding an award;
• Students are not permitted to take courses during working hours throughout the term of their award.
Process: Complete the Department of Biology Internal Application Form. Departmental Guidelines for nominations can be found here. You are welcome to discuss possible opportunities for supervision of summer research projects with Biology faculty members ahead of time and you should be aware that faculty members are under no obligation to make any promises to students until students have been nominated (nominations will be sent out on or about Feb 13th). Do not fill out the official NSERC application form until you are asked to complete it (you will only be asked if your application is successful - nominations will be made on or about Feb. 13th). You will find a listing of biology faculty and their research interests at https://biology.queensu.ca/people/department/professors/
Deadline: Completed internal application forms (Part I) must be returned to Julie French, Rm. 3109D, Undergraduate Office, Biosciences Complex, no later than 3:00 p.m. Feb. 3rd , 2017 (no exceptions). Students who are nominated for an award will be notified by e-mail on or about Feb 12th. At this time successful candidates will then secure a supervisor and complete Part II of the internal application form (which will be sent out with nomination letters) and the official NSERC application form.
Supervisor Eligibility: The holder of a USRA must normally be supervised by a biology faculty member who holds an NSERC grant, either at the time of application or when the student holds the award.
Eligibility for Applications:
• Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
• Must be registered in a honours degree program in BIOL at the time of application and must be in at least year 2 of study;
• Must have obtained at least a “B” (or B-) (65-79%) average in their previous years of study.
• If you are registered in health sciences (M.D., D.D.S., and B.Sc.N.) or have a higher degree in the natural sciences or engineering you are NOT eligible. Graduating BIOL students are eligible providing they have not started a program of graduate studies.
To Hold an Award:
• you must have been registered full-time/part-time in the term immediately before holding the award (Queen's and NSERC expects that most awards will be held by full-time students);
• you must have not started a program of graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering;
• be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering during the tenure of the award;
• holders of USRA’s are not permitted to take courses during working hours throughout the term of their award;
• are expected to work 16 consecutive weeks – on a full time basis;
• holders are not permitted to do thesis research during the term of the award.
Note: If you have been registered as a full-time student throughout your program but are now only registered as part-time in order to finish off the requirements of the degree you are still eligible to apply. The award will be held immediately after your final session/year. Students may hold one USRA per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31). Students may hold a maximum of three USRAs throughout their university career.
Industrial USRA: Students applying to industry should do so directly rather than through the Biology Undergraduate Office. These application forms can be accessed through the NSERC web site (http://www.nserc.ca/programs/complei_e.htm ).