NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards 2016

Updated Jan. 29, 2016

Here you will find information on the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) program in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University for the Summer Session of 2016.

About the NSERC USRA Program

The NSERC USRA program provides funding for students having strong academic standing to conduct research in a university laboratory or Canadian-based research facility of any Canadian private-sector organization. The awards are considered to be very prestigious and carry a total value of at least $5625 ($4500 from NSERC and at least $1125 from the university). From NSERC’s description of the USRA program:

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply to this program.

Most undergraduate students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants having a cumulative GPA of B or better are eligible to apply. At York University, the award must be held for 16 weeks during the Summer Session of 2016. Please see NSERC’s program description for full details.

Students interested in applying to the USRA program should look at this Projects page for descriptions of the available research projects.

How to Apply

Please read first this document that will assist you in putting together your 2016 application: NSERC USRA 2016 INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS.

The deadline to submit all forms (online and paper copies) is Friday, February 19, 2016.

A summary of the items that must be submitted for your application are shown in the two numbered lists below; specific instructions for each item are shown in the section following the lists.

Process: Please find a supervisor (the Undergraduate Director will help you if needed), then you and your supervisor must submit the following items:

  1. Part 1 of Form 202 [online and paper copy; student only].
  2. Part 2 of Form 202 [online only, supervisor only]. Please make sure that your supervisor follows these guidelines.

Additional Lassonde Requirements for SU 2016 USRA:

  1. CV (2 page maximum)
  2. Statement of research interest (one page maximum)

Submit your completed (paper copy) application to the EECS Main Office (LAS 1012M) addressed to the NSERC USRA Selection Committee.

Part 1 of Form 202

Use NSERC on-line services to register and create an account. After the registration, use your user ID and password to log in and create and complete Form 202 on-line. The system will then create Part 1 of Form 202 in PDF format. Print the PDF file to submit.

If you already have an NSERC account then use your user ID and password to log in and fill out the form on-line as described above.

Read the application instructions carefully before filling out the form.


From the USRA 2016 Instructions:

At this stage, York applicants applying to work under the supervision of a York University supervisor do NOT need to upload their transcript(s) to their Form 202. If your application is successful, you will receive details at a later time regarding how to attach your transcript(s).