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.

Work Terms

The Faculty of Applied Science is provided with a quota of NSERC USRA awards annually for the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

A USRA can be held during the following terms:

  • Summer (May 1 to August 31)
  • Fall (September 1 to December 31)
  • Winter (January 1 to April 31)

There is one application deadline per academic year.

How to Apply

Due to the recent changes made by NSERC, both eligible grant holders and non- grant holders can apply for the NSERC grant. For the 2020/2021 NSERC cycle, Non-grant holders will require approval from their specific departments.

The NSERC USRA application process for the Faculty of Applied Science is two-fold.

 

1. Complete and submit Form 202 on the NSERC website

Please refer to this checklist NSERC USRA Form 202 Common Errors 20-21 and the resources provided under the ‘Additional Information’ section to ensure you have completed the form correctly:

  • Part II (to be filled by the supervisor) (NSERC USRA FORM 202 – Part II Example) This now includes a section on ‘Quality of Training’ where faculty members must include a brief description of the expected quality of training for the student under “Outline of Student’s Role”

2. Follow the department-specific instructions to apply:

Please note that these are the instructions to work with professors from the Faculty of Applied Science. If you are interested in working with a professor from another faculty, please refer to the corresponding faculty/school contacts.

Deadline

All students must submit their applications according to the deadlines of the specific departments. Each department must submit the full list of all recommended applicants to the PD office by Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Additional Information

Here are some important reference tools and required documents for students, supervisors and coordinators that will help to explain application procedure, ensure the applicants are eligible and they complete the application correctly.

For more questions, please email: apsc.pd@ubc.ca
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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
  • Any Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering faculty member with funding can agree to be the research supervisor

TO APPLY

Research supervisors must submit their research project proposals on CareersOnline. Students can 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.

New applications for research proposal funding are now closed and will open in November 2020.

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