USRA Awards

The Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) programs expose undergraduate students to research, with the goal of encouraging students to pursue graduate studies leading to research careers. 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 work term, please check first with your supervisor.  USRA research assistants are expected to satisfy the co-op requirements independently, without imposing additional work on the supervisors.  

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.  

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is hoping to appoint students during the Summer of 2019. Please check back Spring 2019 (January) for list of projects.

If you are interested in applying, please follow the procedure below:

Note We thank all applicants for their interest but request that they refrain from contacting prospective supervisors during the selection process. 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 online at the NSERC site: www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/UG-PC/USRA- BRPC_eng.asp
  • 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 programme. These must be submitted to the Grad Secretary in the Department of Statstics & Actuarial Science Room SC K10547 by January 21, 2019.  
  • Selected students will be notified by the department. These students must verify applications online by January 31, 2019. Note that this includes uploading transcripts and having a supervisor start Form 202 Part II.

VPR Award:

If you are only eligible for the VPR USRA:

  • Go to www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/awards/undergraduate-awards/sciences-awards.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 programme. These must be submitted to the Grad Secretary in the Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science Room SC K10547 by January 21, 2019 
  • Selected students will be notified by the project Supervisors.
  • Supervisors will fill out the 'Supervisor Information' and 'Research Project' sections of the form by January 31, 2019.

USRA Recipients

2018 

Description Supervisor Student Semester Award Type
Alternatives to Gaussian Processes for Model Calibration D. Bingham R.Groenewald 1184 NSERC
Microbiome Research L. Wang Y.Gu 1184 NSERC
Improving the Hosmer-Lemeshow Goodness-of-Fit Test T. Loughin N. Surjanovic 1184 NSERC
Dealing with Statistical Challenges in Analysis of SFU-FLIP Study Data J. Hu P. Wei 1184 NSERC
Genotype Imputation for Statistical Analysis of Alzheimer's Disease J. Graham S. Liu 1184 VPR
LDheatmap code enhancements B. McNeney M. Reyers 1184 VPR
LDheatmap documentation revamp B. McNeney X. Yang 1184 VPR
Effect of Air Pollution on Public Health J. Cao B. Hind 1184 Big Key Data