# NSERC USRA program

NSERC's Undergraduate Student Research Awards program provides funding for exciting research projects.

## Length of project

• Full-time (35 hours per week) for 16 consecutive weeks (80 working days)
• Can be counted as a co-op work term
• Note: Student is not allowed to be in class full-time or working on another project/job while doing the USRA

## Pay

• $4,500 plus supervisor’s contribution of at least 25% ($1,884 per term is recommended (\$471 per month))*
• Does not include benefits or vacation pay

## Eligibility

• Must have completed one full year of school before starting the USRA, i.e., 2A or higher (students can be in 1B when they apply, and students can do a USRA in the term immediately after degree completion but not later than this)
• Must have a 72% cumulative average or higher
• Must find a faculty supervisor before applying
• Only one USRA per student per award year
• Maximum of three USRAs during undergraduate degree
• Cannot have started a graduate degree or be involved in full-time research and development in natural sciences or engineering

• Final term students - October 20, 2017 (We encourage you to get your application in as soon as possible to increase your chances of getting one of the remaining awards)

The co-op deadline is meant for co-op applicants who wish to be taken off JobMine right from the start and directly use the USRA as their co-op term. The final term deadline applies to all other applicants.

Note for co-op students: If you apply after the co-op deadline, you must check with your co-op advisor that can still use the USRA as your co-op term. If you can proceed with the USRA, you must ask your advisor to remove you from JobMine.

### Form information

If accepted, ensure you include the following on the Temporary Employment Authorization form:

• Enter work dates that amount to 80 working days