Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs)

 

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs)

The Undergraduate Student Research Awards are available to UBC Engineering domestic and international undergraduate students. Students have the opportunity to complete a paid full-time 16 week work term by conducting research with faculty supervision.

Domestic students can qualify for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRAs).

International students can qualify for the Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Awards (WLIURA).

Please ensure you read the entirety of the corresponding section to ensure you are eligible.


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRAs)

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The goals of the NSERC USRA program are to:

  • To stimulate interest in natural sciences and engineering
  • To provide career-related work experience for the award recipient/student
  • To provide students with financial support

Eligibility

Please familiarize yourself with the award and the Eligibility requirements through the information found on the UBC NSERC USRA webpage.

Department-Specific Information

The following departments have specific instructions for applying to an NSERC USRA:

Other Information

The Faculty of Applied Science is provided with a quota of NSERC USRA awards annually for the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. There is one application deadline per academic year: March 12, 2020, and a USRA can be held in the Summer (May 1 to August 31), Fall (September 1 to December 31), or Winter (January 1 to April 31) term. Please read the documents below – these are important reference tools and required documents, for students, supervisors, and coordinators that will help to ensure the applicants are eligible and complete the application correctly.

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 Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award (WLIURA)

The goals of the Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award:

  • To provide undergraduate international students with career-related work experience through research opportunities
  • To stimulate interest in natural sciences and engineering

Eligibility

  • Awards will be allocated to the Faculty of Applied Science UBC Vancouver Campus based on the current enrollment number of undergraduate international students
  • Students must have a B- 68% cumulative GPA and have completed a minimum of first year or two terms
  • Have a valid study permit
  • Be on a “scheduled break”, or
  • Be “full time for immigration purposes
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN), (in some cases can take weeks to obtain; be sure to plan ahead)

Value and Payment

Students will hold the awards preferably during the summer term for roughly full-time work.

These awards have a value of $4,500. This amount will be reimbursed to your project supervisor’s account. Supervisors are required to pay a minimum wage over 16 weeks (inclusive of 4% vacation pay), as well as benefits (CPP, EI, WCB) amounting to approximately 7.48%.

Other Information

  • Please note the Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award application process has changed for 2019-2020. For more detailed information; please refer to the Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Awards webpage.
  • Apply using the application form below, not to the department as domestic NSERC USRA students do
  • Any Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering faculty member with funding can agree to be the research supervisor

TO APPLY

Funding Applications for Research Project Proposals are now open and will close on January 19, 2020. If you are interested in receiving the award, please reach out to a faculty member to submit a proposal together.

Faculty supervisors will be notified if their research project proposals are approved by March 6, 2020 and students can apply for the awards from March 9- 23, 2020.

For more questions, please email: apsc.pd@ubc.ca