The 2024 NSERC USRA Program.
APPLICATIONS FOR NSERC USRA 2024 ARE NOW OPEN
The 2024 NSERC USRA applications are due to the Life Sciences and Biochemistry Program office, email email@example.com by 3pm on Friday, February 16th, 2024.
Typically, USRA award recipients are expected to work full-time (35 hours per week) for 16 consecutive weeks (May 1 to August 31). Furthermore, provincial minimum wage requirements must be adhered to. While the current minimum wage is $16.55 per hour, the VPR will provide an additional top-up to each award to increase the salary rate to $17.50 per hour. As such, students should be paid a minimum of $17.50 per hour x 35 hours x 16 weeks = $9800.00 plus 4% vacation pay for a total of $10,192 + fringe benefits. NSERC contributes $6000, so accounting for the VPR top-up, the supervisor's contribution would be $3072 + fringe benefits.
For NSERC USRAs: Institutions may recommend applications from self-identified Black student researchers for USRA’s beyond their allocations of awards (akin to the current process already in place for Indigenous students).
The NSERC USRA provides undergraduate students the opportunity to work in a research lab during the summer. Details of the program, including eligibility can be found at https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/UG-PC/USRA-BRPC_eng.asp
Each year the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences receives an allotment of NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Awards (USRA) from the Office of Research Services. NSERC eligibility rules for supervisors have changed. Since 2020, supervisors are no longer required to hold an active grant when applying to supervise a USRA student. There are no restrictions on who can supervise a USRA student, provided the university deems the Queen’s faculty member eligible to supervise students, but our committee will only consider applications from supervisors with appointments in DBMS.
NSERC recommends that applications are evaluated by the following criteria
- Academic record of the applicant
- Research aptitude of the applicant
- Expected quality of the training to be received; may include suitability of supervision and research environment.
You will find a listing of DBMS Faculty and their research interests at: Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Faculty
To maintain an efficient, fair, transparent, and equitable process to both the applicants and the sponsoring principal investigators, the following guidelines are provided: