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
|Can the student take courses while holding awards||No||No|
Current Project Details
*2017 USRA Competition CLOSED*
2017 Current NSERC Award Holders
2017 Current VPR Award Holders