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 2021 USRA competition is now open, see the link on the left for a list of projects we will be running.
Please note that due to Covid and remote working, applications will need to be submitted by email to the Graduate Program Assistant, include any 'printed' material as PDF attachments.
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.
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 electronically to the Graduate Program Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org in the Department of Statstics & Actuarial Science 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.
If you are only eligible 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 programme. These must be submitted electronically to the Graduate Program Assistant email@example.com in the Department of Statstics & Actuarial Science 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.
|Compression for Population Genetic Data||L. Elliott||W. Chen||1204||NSERC|
|Rough Volatility Modelling||J.-F. Bégin||A. Kavian||1204||NSERC|
|Genetics Association with Brain Networks and Alzheimer's Disease||J. Cao||X. Song||1204||NSERC|
|Identification and Registration of Hits in Genome-Wide Association Studies||L. Elliott||W.T. Wang||1204||NSERC|
|Collective Defined Contribution Pension Plan with Explicit Stabilization Mechanisms||B. Sanders||T. Yan||1204||VPR|
|A New Approach to Estimating the Distribution of HIV Infection Time with Interval Censored Data||X.J. Hu||L. Xu||1204||VPR|
|Making Sense of Genetic Variation Through Ancestries||J. Graham||Z.Y. Ou Yang||1204||VPR|
|Merging Data for Genetic Studies||B. McNeney||A. Tang||1204||VPR|