Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)
The McMaster USRAs* are intended to cultivate and support research partnerships between undergraduate students and faculty members.
The Awards provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to receive funds to cover research-based activity. The intent is that the proposed research activity deepens a student's learning about a substantive area and enhances the student's research skills.
*The McMaster USRA is separate and distinct from the external program NSERC-USRA.
There are 3 awards of $3500 available to cover part-time, research-based activity over the Fall/Winter Terms (November - March). The Fall USRA will take place over 20 weeks where students will complete 12 hours per week.
Application deadline: October 7, 2016 before 4:00pm
2016/2017 Fall USRA Application Form 2016 - (Application Closed)
There are 12 awards of $7500 available to cover full-time, research-based activity over the Summer Term (May - August). The Summer USRA will take place over 15 weeks where students will complete 35 hours per week.
Application deadline: February 1, 2017 before 4:00pm
2016/2017 Summer USRA Application Form 2017 - (Application Closed)
Role of Faculty
Faculty members can support an applicant by agreeing to supervise his/her research. The project could be the student's idea or part of the faculty member's own project, but a substantial component of the research must be completed independently by the student.
As a Faculty member, you can assist students by:
- identifying potential applicants and supporting the applicant's proposed research; and,
- proposing opportunities related to your own research to a potential applicant.
Please note, by co-signing the application, supervisors agree that:
- They have discussed the proposed project with the student including ethical implications;
- They are supportive of the project plan;
- and they agree to supervise the student in completing the proposed research activities during the proposed period.
Success through Collaboration
Past competitions have shown that students who worked closely with their faculty supervisor in developing their research project have had a higher success rate in securing an award.
Faculty members are encouraged to attend the USRA Poster Session on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 PM in MUSC, CIBC Hall (3rd floor) where last year's recipients will showcase their projects. (This is a drop-in event).
For specific information pertaining to the award, please view the 2016/2017
Applications are to be submitted electronically by the student as per the instructions on the form.
- 2016/2007 Fall USRA Application Form (Application Closed)
- 2016/2017 Summer USRA Application Form (Application Closed)