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USRA Awards

The Summer 2022 USRA competition information is listed below. Please note that, due to COVID-19 and remote working, applications will need to be submitted by email to the Graduate Program Assistant (with any "printed" materials included as pdf attachments).

The Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) programs expose upper-division undergraduates to research, with the goal of encouraging upper-division students to pursue graduate studies leading to research careers. Students must be available to work full-time during the 16-week tenure of the award, from May-August, inclusive. Previous students have been able to link their USRA to a co-op work term; please contact the Science Co-op office for more information on this possibility. If you are assigned to a project and would like to link the USRA to a co-op, please check first with your supervisor. Students requiring further feedback on or assistance with the co-op report or paperwork should consult the co-op office. 

Science students have access to two programs, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) USRA program and the SFU Vice President, Research (VPR) USRA program. NSERC USRAs are restricted to Canadian citizens and permanent residents; VPR USRAs are open to international students. Canadian citizens and permanent residents should apply to the NSERC program only.  For more information, please see the SFU Dean of Graduate Studies USRA website.  

Application Process

Note We thank all applicants for their interest but request that they refrain from contacting prospective supervisors. Supervisors will contact applicants selected for an interview.

NSERC Award:

Canadian citizens and permanent residents should apply for the NSERC USRA only; please do not apply for the VPR USRA. If you are eligible for the NSERC USRA:

  • Go to the NSERC website
  • Please submit the following: the printed NSERC Form 202 (Part I) with your NSERC Online Reference #; an up-to-date, unofficial transcript (not an advising transcript); and, optionally, a short statement (<200 words) about yourself and your interest in the USRA program. These must be submitted electronically to the Graduate Program Assistant stat_grad_sec@sfu.ca in the Department of Statstics & Actuarial Science by January 31, 2022.  
  • Selected students will be notified by the department. These students must verify their applications online by January 31, 2022. Note that this verification includes uploading transcripts.

VPR Award:

If you are eligible only for the VPR USRA:

  • Go to https://www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/awards-funding/ugrad-research-awards/deadlines-application-procedures.html and complete the student portion of the application form.  In the section on Award Information, filling in the proposed supervisor is optional.
  • Once you have completed the student portion, print it and attach an up-to-date, unofficial transcript (not an advising transcript) and, optionally, a short statement (<200 words) about yourself and your interest in the USRA program. These must be submitted electronically to the Graduate Program Assistant stat_grad_sec@sfu.ca in the Department of Statstics & Actuarial Science by January 31, 2022.
  • Selected students will be notified by the project Supervisors.
  • Supervisors will fill out the "Supervisor Information" and "Research Project" sections of the form.

USRA 2022

Summer 2022  (Semester 1224)

Project Title/Description

Supervisor

Student

Semester

Award Type

Other USRA: 1 Charles Allard

Applications of Predictive Analytics in Actuarial Science

 C. Tsai

 

1224

 

 

Develop a Website for Online Statistical Learning

 J. Cao

 

1224

 

 

Tree-Based Methods for the Multinomial Logit Model

 H. Shi

 

1224

 

 

Bayesian Analysis of Stellar Evolution

 D. Stenning

 

1224

 

 

A Simulation-Based Approach to Asset Allocation

 J.F. Bégin

 

1224

 

 

Sequential Monte Carlo Methods for Model Based Reinforcement Learning

 L. Wang

 

1224

 

 

Develop Fun Apps for Statistics Teaching (FAST) with R Shiny

 B. Lin

 

1224

 

 

Exploring the Flipped Classroom in an Introductory Statistics Course

 S. Isberg

 

1224

 

 

Can Data from a Voluntary Based Survey Yield Informative Inference?  J. Hu  

1224

 

 

Past Projects

Find information about past USRA projects here.