The Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has an Undergraduate Student Research Award Program (USRA) that pays a student to do 16 weeks of research with a professor over the summer.

2018 USRA Eligible Supervisors



ANDRADE, MAYDIANNE Examining links between behaviour, plasticity and
ANDRADE, MAYDIANNE CRC -Comparative & evolutionary genomics cluster - chair in
BOONSTRA, RUDY The Role of Stress in Natural Populations
BOONSTRA, RUDY The Role of Stress in Natural Populations
BROWN, IAN Heat shock proteins in the nervous system
CADOTTE, MARC Biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services in
GAZZARRINI, SONIA Cellular and molecular analysis of plant development and stress response
GUZZO, CHRISTINA Identification of unique cytokine expression patterns and protein interactions supporting optimal immune responses
HARRISON, RENE Microtubule organizing centres in osteoclasts
HASENKAMPF, CLARE Structural and Functional Studies of Nuclear Organization,
LOVEJOY, NATHAN Phylogenetics, biogeography, and evolution of fishes
MACIVOR, SCOTT Bee diversity and pollination services in dynamic heterogeneous habitats
MANDRAK, NICHOLAS Biodiversity, biogeography, and conservation of freshwater
MASON, ANDREW Sensory processing, perception and communication in simple
MCGOWAN, PATRICK Perinatal stress and brain fucion
MOLNAR, PETER Bioenergetic approaches to understanding and forecasting
POLLACK, GERALD Neuroethology of reproduction and acoustic communication in
RICHARDS, BLAKE Uncovering the neurobiology of combined supervised and
RICHARDS, BLAKE Single-neuron resolution optical control with a digital
RIGGS, CHARLES Structural and Functional Studies of Nuclear Organization,
TEREBIZNIK, MAURICIO Phagocytosis filamentous largets
THIELE, TOD Analysis of zebrafish neural circuits and behaviour
TREANOR, BEBHINN The role of glycan-gatectin Interactions In regulating B
VANLERBERGHE, GREG Alternative oxidase of plant mitochondria
WEIR, JASON The biogeographic drivers and genomic architecture of
WEIR, JASON The biogeographic drivers and genomic architecture of
WELCH JR., KENNETH Divergent mechanisms, convergent phenotype: the comparative
ZHAO, RONGMIN Role of molecular chaperone HSP90C in regulating


Duration: 16 consecutive weeks (typically April 2018 – August 2018)

Value of the award: Each award is $4500 NSERC (USRA) + a minimum of $1125 provided by the NSERC grant holder (supervisor).

Application instructions:

Deadline: Friday February 23, 2018 by 4:00 p.m.

Print the UofT NSERC USRA checklist and fill it in as you go. Without a completed checklist, we cannot accept your application.

  1. Get your most current official transcript.
  2. Register for an account at NSERC's online system.
  3. Print and sign Student/Supervisor Certification.
  4. Read the application instructions and fill out Form 202 Part I.
  5. Print Form 202 Part I.
  6. Have your supervisor fill in Form 202 Part II. This must be done online. They will need your reference number from Part I.
  7. Please adhere to NSERC's General Presentation Guidelines. Any application not following these guidelines will be sent back to be redone.
  8. Have your supervisor print Form 202 Part II and sign the Student/Supervisor Certification.
  9. Submit these items to Jennifer Campbell, Biological Sciences Course Coordinator (SW421-D)