Summer Research Awards

The 2022 guidelines [PDF - 147 kB] and application form [PDF - 375 kB] for FoS Summer Research Awards (NSERC USRA and other awards).

The deadline for delivery of applications is January 21, 2022.

Because of some of the changes for this year (2021), please ensure that students applying through your department use the new form. Changes include:

  • Two endowed awards are reserved for international students (who are also considered for most of our endowed (non-NSERC) awards)
  • Minimum supervisor supplement will be $3000. We encourage supervisors to provide a supplement higher than the minimum if possible. (To put this into context, a USRA plus $3000 pays a student $13.39/hour for working 16 weeks at 35 hours/week.)
  • As was the case last year, supervisors are not required to hold NSERC funding, but the project must of the type funded by NSERC. We are therefore asking supervisors for a brief description of the proposed project. 
  • Given the uncertainties around on-campus activity this summer, we are asking questions about remote projects and contingency plans for in-person projects.

For USRA rules and eligibility see:

UPDATE Dec 15, 2020:

Two recent events have necessitated changes to procedures for allocating Faculty of Science research awards this summer: (1) an increase in the value of the USRA (NSERC) award and (2) a Senate motion allowing students to opt for PASS/ILL grades in place of letter grades for Fall and Winter 2020/21.

NSERC has raised the value of the USRA from $4500 to $6000. In response, the Faculty of Science has increased the value of all our endowed research scholarships by the same amount ($1500). Together with the minimum supervisor contribution of $3000, the minimum summer scholarship will be valued at $9000. (For 16 weeks at 35 hours/week, this works out to just over $16/hour.) We encourage research supervisors to provide more than the minimum if they are able.

As per the recent Senate motion, students in the Faculty of Science may choose to convert any or all of their letter grades to PASS or ILL (for Fall and Winter 2020/21). To be considered for a summer research scholarship, students may have converted NO MORE THAN ONE OF THEIR LETTERS GRADES TO A PASS each term, i.e., a maximum of one PASS in Fall 2020 and one PASS in Winter 2021. W or ILL grades will not be counted toward this total. The restriction on number of PASS grades applies only to Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 (i.e., not to Winter 2020).

Barb Bigelow
Department Coordinator

Potential research supervisors that are accepting NSERC Summer students:

Archibald, J. M. Genome Evolution, Endosymbiosis, Molecular Phylogeny
Bearne, S. L. Enzyme Catalysis and Inhibition, Protein Structure and Function, Chemical Biology
Ewart, K. V. Proteostasis, Amyloid Formation and Cold Adaptation
Karten, B. Cholesterol Metabolism in the Brain, intracellular cholesterol trafficking, mitochondrial cholesterol
Kienesberger, P. C. My research aims to uncover the interplay among bioactive lipid signaling and cellular and organismal energy metabolism.
Kramer, J. M. Epigenetics and chromatin in brain function
Langelaan, D. N. Structural biology, cellular signalling, and protein engineering
Marignani, P. A.
Tumour suppressors, Cancer metabolism, Metabolome wide analysis, Signal Transduction, Animal models of human disease, Pre-clinical drug studies, Drug discovery, Whole genome manipulation, Stem cell biology, Epigenetic marks.
Pulinilkunnil, T. Metabolic regulation of Autophagy in health and disease. Nutrient regulation of lysosome function. Biology of amino acid metabolism and signaling. Role of alpha-mannosyltransferase in glycosylation disorders
Rainey, J. K. Structural Biology and Biophysical Characterization of Proteins
Roger, A. J. Genome, Organelle and Protein Evolution
Slamovits, C. H. Molecular biology and evolution of microbial eukaryotes