NSERC USRA Opportunities
In the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, 13 February 2017
Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies in these fields. If you are considering a research career in the mathematical sciences and would like to get some experience we invite you to apply for an NSERC USRA through the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen's University
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics anticipates being able to award up to five NSERC USRAs to qualified undergraduate students for work on research projects in one of the many areas supported by our department. A list of the faculty members who have already expressed an interest in recruiting a student through this program can be found here. Students can also contact other faculty members in the department to discuss possible projects. A list of our faculty grouped by research area can be found here.
The NSERC USRA is valued at 4,500 dollars and will be supplemented with an additional 1,884-2,700 dollars (includes vacation pay) from the research supervisor. The exact amount of the supplement will depend on the recipient's year of study. Students are required to work 16 consecutive weeks, on a full-time basis, between May and August. A travel allowance may also be granted to successful applicants whose home university is not Queen's University.
Eligible students should complete and submit FORM 202, Part I using the NSERC Online system. . Applicants must also upload an official copy of their transcript(s). Note that applicants do NOT need to upload a copy of the legend for a Queen’s transcript. Transcript legends for all other universities must be uploaded. Instructions on completing Form 202 can be found here. Part II of the application will be completed by the Department AFTER the competition is complete and award recipients have been selected.
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must also submit the following to the department by Monday, 13 February 2017:
- A copy of Part I of Form 202
- A copy of the transcript(s) (up to Dec. 2016) which you uploaded with your application.
- A copy of your resume.
- The title of the project for which you would like to be considered and a brief statement about why you are interested in and qualified for that project. If you are interested in more than one project please rank the projects in order of preference.
- The name and email address of one faculty member who is familiar with your academic performance and research ability/potential and who could be contacted to provide a reference if necessary.
This supporting documentation can be submitted electronically in pdf format to Jennifer Read or in hard copy to:
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
RM320 Jeffery Hall
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Award recipients will be selected in accordance with the objectives of the USRA program. Applicants will be judged on the following criteria:
1. Academic record;
2. Research aptitude and/or potential;
3. Fit/qualifications for the selected project.
Students who have not previously held a USRA or have held at most one award at Queen's will be given preference. Exceptions can be made and an award given to a student who has already held two USRAs from Queen's in cases when significant value, in regards to the program objectives noted above, can be demonstrated.Successful applicants will be contacted by 28 February 2017.