These NSERC awards are valued at $4,500 for a minimum of sixteen weeks. The University will supplement this amount from other sources making salaries of at least $6,356 total. These awards are provided to encourage undergraduate student interest in research and in graduate studies.

  • The SFU USRA quota for 2018 is (TBA) total with (x) allocated to the Math Dept.

For a complete list of our 2018 Summer Research Projects, please click HERE

Who Should Apply

To hold an award, you must have completed all course requirements of at least the first year of your bachelor's degree program, and must not have started a program of graduate studies. Also, you should be a full-time student at the time of application. Female students or students of aboriginal descent are particularly encouraged to apply.


  • Full award information can be found on the Dean of Graduate Studies website:  NSERC USRA & VPR Sciences.  
  • Student eligibility criteria and application instructions are outlined on the NSERC USRA Webpage
  • In the event of discrepancy in information between the Math Website and the Dean of Graduate Studies, DGS will be deemed to be correct. 

NB: If you are not found eligible for a USRA award, your application will automatically be submitted for a VPR award

Eligibility – Quick Summary




Can International students apply?



Can non SFU students apply?



Does funding held by the Supervisor have to be an NSERC grant?



Can the student take courses while holding award?



How To Apply

Please be sure to review full eligibility criteria; guidelines and application forms are on the DGS NSERC website.

 To do prior to January 25, 2018 (Date is subject to change)

  • Interested eligible students should contact the supervisor with regards to the project they would like to work on.
  • Students must create an NSERC Online Account and complete the application for an Undergraduate Student Research Award Form 202 (Part I) & upload scanned copies of their official or unofficial transcripts. NB: Advising transcripts are not acceptable.
  • Students must submit to the department, the following: Cover letter with list of project(s) being applied for, printed Form 202 (Part I), photocopies of transcripts, their NSERC Online Reference #, and 2 reference letters.  (Reference letters can be emailed to JoAnne Hennessey at mcs@sfu.ca)

***If you are chosen, you will be notified within 1 business week.***

To do prior to end of day 03 February, 2018 (Date is subject to change)

  • Once chosen, the  student must email the selected supervisor and have them complete Form 202 - Part II; the supervisor will need to know the applicant’s reference number to do so.
  • The proposed supervisor must complete Form 202 Part II online, print a hard copy to submit to JoAnne Hennessey, and advise the applicant.
  • The applicant "verifies" their application online and advises their supervisor.  APPLICANT DOES NOT "SUBMIT".
  • The supervisor "submits" the application online. This completes the NSERC admin process.
  • Reference letters must arrive at the Math Department prior to 25 January, 2018.  Please have reference letters addressed to:
    Dr. Mary Catherine Kropinski
    Department of Mathematics
    8888 University Drive
    Simon Fraser University
    Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6

If you have questions, please contact

JoAnne Hennessey
Secretary to the Chair
Department of Mathematics 
SCK 10503  
Tel: 778.782-4238
Email: mcs@sfu.ca

**Note: while we do our best to match students up with their preferred projects / supervisors, we cannot guarantee a preferred match due to the competitive nature of the awards.

Once again, for a complete list of our 2018 Summer Research Projects, please click HERE