USRA | NSERC & VPR

USRA - Undergraduate Student Research Awards

The objectives of the Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) programs are to encourage students to pursue graduate studies and then a research career in these fields.

Please note that working on one of these projects can be counted toward a Co-op Practicum Semester - please consult the SFU Web site on Co-operative Education for further details.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will provide SFU with 74 USRAs in 2016. In addition, SFU's Vice-President, Research (VPR), will be supporting an approximately 58 additional undergraduate students who are working with faculty members who hold research grants (independent of source) through the VPR USRA program.

More information can be found on the Dean Of Grad Studies Website

Interdisciplinary Students -  (i.e., students who have not yet declared their major or who are applying to a department that is not the department of their major) are permitted to apply. If a student is considering working with more than 1 supervisor on different research projects they are permitted to submit two applications. Furthermore, students with a supervisor who holds a joint faculty appointment can apply to both of the departments in which the faculty member holds the joint appointment. Ultimately, the student can only hold 1 USRA in a competition year.

 

Eligibility – Quick Summary

  NSERC USRA VPR USRA
Can International Students Apply No Yes
Can Non-SFU Students Apply Yes No
Does funding held by the Supervisor have to be an NSERC Grant Yes
No
Can the student take courses while holding awards No No

Summer 2017 USRA Projects

Current Project Details

*2017 USRA Competition CLOSED*

NSERC USRA

Application Details

VPR USRA

Application Details

Past Award Holders

NSERC/VPR USRA

2017 Current NSERC Award Holders

NAME
SUPERVISOR
PROJECTS
FILATOV, Eugene Dr Marni Mishna
Random Generation of Maps
FORTEZA, Mark Dr Cedric Chauve Graph-theoretic Methods for Improving Clustering Genes in Families
HENDERSON, Gabriel           Dr Michael Monagan     
Sparse Polynomial Interpolation
LYNN, Matthew Dr Paul Tupper
Tight Spans for Metric Structures
KING-ROSKAMP, Matthew
Drs Adcock & Brugiapaglia Optimal Sampling Strategies for Compressive Imaging
NEYRA-NESTERENKO, Maksym Dr Paul Tupper
Tight Spans for Metric Structures
     

 

2017 Current KEY Big Data Award Holders

NAME SUPERVISOR PROJECTS
ZHU, Zhenqi              Dr Ben Adcock          Numerical Methods for Parameter Assessment form Time-Dependent Magnetic Resonance Signals
     

2017 Current VPR Award Holders

NAME SUPERVISOR PROJECTS
AOKI, Yusuke Dr Paul Tupper
Gronov-Hausdorff Distances for Diversities
FEIJOO, Claudio                         
Dr David Muraki                                                                              Computation of Fluid Models for Atmospheric Science
MONKMAN, Megan
Dr Marni Mishna Random Generation of Maps
SUTTON, Hannah
Dr Nilima Nigam
Optimizing the Lowest "Sloshing" Eigenvalues
     

2017 Current Departmental Award Holders

NAME SUPERVISOR PROJECTS
ZHANG, Beril                      
Drs Fetecau & Sun                           
Long Time Behaviour of Aggregation Equations                
IATCENKO, Anton
Dr Ralf Wittenberg
Dynamics and Statistics of Spatiotemporally Chaotic PDE's
MILLER, Maxwell
Dr Ralf Wittenberg Dynamics and Statistics of Spatiotemporally Chaotic PDE's