Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

You may be eligible for the following two programs aimed at supporting undergraduate researchers.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (Research Assistant)

Our undergraduate students can apply for summer jobs working with Engineering Science faculty on real research. These positions are sponsored by NSERC, a Federal Government agency that supports university students in the pursuit of discovery research while fostering innovation.

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are aimed at stimulating your interest in research in engineering and the natural sciences. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with a funded position in SFU Engineering Science. These positions can also give you real advantages for future awards: 70% of past USRA students went on to win NSERC Graduate Awards that paid for their graduate education.

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VPR Undergraduate Student Research Award (Research Assistant)

SFU's Vice-President Research has provided funding for an award program entitled “Vice-President, Research Undergraduate Student Research Awards” (VPR USRA) for students in the Faculties of Science and Applied Sciences. If students do not meet the eligibility criteria for an NSERC USRA, they may be eligible for a VPR USRA. (For example, international students, or students wishing to work with a faculty member whose research support is not from NSERC). All rules for holding the award remain the same and eligibility criteria and application process can be found on the VPR website.

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Further information on applying for awards

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USRA Positions Available

Undergraduate students who wish to participate in the USRA, please check out the positions currently being offered by the participating Engineering Science faculty members below.

Michael Adachi

Faisal Beg

Ivan Bajic

Glenn Chapman

Teresa Cheung

Jie Liang

Pierre Lane

Shahram Payandeh

1) A Survey and Design Study of Robotics for Elderly  
A large percentage of elderly people would like to continue their active and independent life style at their own dwellings. Personalization and easy monitoring in their environment is key in supporting their healthy and independent living life styles. This project focuses on gathering various design ideas and requirements which are proposed in the near past and then help conceptualizing various new robotics ideas in support of elderly independent living. Through this project students will develop: a) skills in research and in defining design requirements, b) scientific reporting skills, c) robotic design skills.

2) Study of Hand Gestures for Elderly-Robot Interface

Complex movements of a mobile robot in the living environment of elderly people can be control by combining a number of basic movements and gestures.  The objective of this research project is to first review the literature in regard to various feasible gestures than an elderly can make . Then using an existing prototype sensor kit, the objective is to develop a simple gesture interface which can be used for movement control of the mobile robot. Through this project students will develop: a) skills in defining design requirements, b) scientific reporting skills, c) skills in understanding and designing human/robot interface system.

3) An investigation and Study of Internet-of-Things (IoT) for smart Elderly living
With the rise of the so-called “Internet of Things,” seniors will have more options from enhancing their safety and enabling easy monitoring their movements and interactions. These devices can act as sensors which can be used for monitoring what is happening in the elderly environment as well as helping to predict their movements and activities. They can also process information and take actions, such as controlling heating and air conditioning, locking doors and windows. Through this project students will develop: a) skills in understanding distributed sensing, b)scientific research and reporting skills, c) skills in understanding and developing sensor-network prototype kit .

Marinko Sarunic

Lesley Shannon