USRA | Undergraduate Student Research Awards

NSERC & VPR Awards

The Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) give students hands-on research experience while working on actual  projects. These awards prepare students to pursue graduate studies and encourage interest in research careers. 

The awards are supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and SFU's Vice-President, Research (VPR). More information can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

The application procedures for USRA's hosted in the Department of Mathematics can be found in the links below.

NSERC Awards

VPR Awards


Eligibility Quick Summary

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 the award? YES

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 one supervisor on different research projects, they can submit two applications.

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. Students can only hold one USRA in a competition year.

Working on a USRA project can be counted toward a co-op practicum semester. Consult the SFU Website on Co-operative Education for more details.

Current Research Projects

Below are the available research projects in mathematics from faculty members who are taking on qualified undergraduate students. Unless otherwise specified, each project is available to one student only.

Details about the 2021 Summer USRA competition will be posted shortly. Please continue to check this website for updates.