USRA Awards

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.  If your supervisor permits a co-op, kindly take every step to limit their participation to signing the initial co-op form, a short midterm check-in with the co-op program of about 10 minutes and a short online evaluation form at the end of the work term.  Students requiring further feedback on or assistance with the co-op report or paperwork should consult the co-op office, not their supervisor

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 Summer 2020 USRA competition is now closed. The next competition will be for summer 2021. Information on how to apply is given below. 

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. 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 20, 2021.  
  • Selected students will be notified by the department. These students must verify applications online by January 31, 2021. 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 20, 2021 
  • 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, 2021.

USRA Recipients