NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC USRA) program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students in the natural sciences and engineering to get research experience by working with professors on their research projects.

Value of award

The IKBSAS NSERC USRA has a base value of $4,500. In addition, universities are required to supplement the amount of the award by at least 25% of its value using other sources such as university funds, NSERC grants, or any other research funds. The minimum pay for the 16-week tenure of your award is $7571.20 based on the June 1, 2019 BC minimum wage increase from $12.65/hr to $13.85/hr.


Are you eligible?

To be eligible for an award, you must:

  • have completed all course requirements of at least the first year of university study with a cumulative average of at least 76% (B+ at UBC) on all courses taken,
  • be registered as a full-time student, according to the UBC Vancouver definition (registered in 3 courses/9 credits) at the time of application,
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, as of the deadline date for applications at the university­­

During the course of your undergraduate degree, you may hold a maximum of three NSERC USRAs, with only one being held per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31)


Deadlines and procedures

You can apply to work with any tenured or tenure-track IKBSAS faculty member. Supervisors are no longer required to hold an eligible and active NSERC grant.  However, they must be authorized, by the institution, to be able to independently supervise students.

The deadline for applications is Monday, January 27, 2020.

For more details about the NSERC USRA, please review the NSERC USRA Information Session PowerPoint and visit the Student Services website and the NSERC website.


Recent NSERC USRA Recipients

Name Title Supervisor
Ryan Bonnie The effect of migration on the gut microbiome Deanna Gibson
Stephanie McCann Differences between S. cerevisiae and S. uvarum of non-volatiles produced during fermentation Daniel Durall
Erica Packard Effect of fire severity on mycorrhiza formation Melanie Jones
Tushar Dave Dissecting Roles for Drosophila TNF and TNF Receptors in Regulating Neuronal Morphology Philip Barker
Alexander Corbett Multimodal Exosome Characterization by Single-Molecule Localization Microscopy Isaac Li
Ryland Giebelhaus Analysis of Glyphosate in Food and Environmental Samples Susan Murch
Victoria Lange Construct and characterize a split-GFP library for super-resolution imaging probes Isaac Li
Ieva Zigg Evaluation of pine-derived terpenes as possible predictive markers of smoke-tainted wines Wesley Zandberg
Ahmed Ibrahim Terminal group modification for the development of high photoactivity carbon nitrides Robert Godin
Jonathan Gresl Improving Sustainability in Agriculture using Sensor Networks Ramon Lawrence
Jakob Marshall Cone Beam polymer gel dosimetry Andrew Jirasek
Noah Marshall Modelling the effects of roadside mortality on western toad populations Rebecca Tyson
Sarah Wyse Solution of a GI/G/I Queue with Unbounded Inter-arrival and/or Service Times Javad Tavakoli
Name Supervisor Title
Stephanie McCann Daniel Durall Yeast Genotypes of Saccharomyces spp. In Native and Commercial Trees
Thea Miles Adam Ford Assessing non-invasive methods to monitor wolves (Canis lupus) in the East Kootenays, B.C.
Athena Ranger Andis Klegeris Neuroimmune effects of host defense peptides
Sophia Russo Melanie Jones Effects of agricultural practices on soil carbon in the Okanagan Valley
Nicole Skidmore Andis Klegeris Interaction between cardiolipin and microglia
Nicholas Tochor Jason Pither Regional species pools and freshwater diatom diversity patterns
Alexander Corbett Isaac Li Tracking Exosome Biogenesis with Super-Resolution Microscop
Grady Hewlett Kevin Smith Chromium complexes for directed C-H functionalization
Marta Macdonald Kristen Wolthers Characterization of flavodoxin from F. nucleatum
Brandon Whitmore Wesley Zandberg Investigation of the metabolism milk glycoprotein-borne oligosaccharides by gut microbes
Stephanie Hamilton Rebecca Tyson Opinion Dynamics and Tipping Points for Change
Daniel Herman Shawn Wang The Moore-Penrose generalized inverse of linear relations
Nicholas Mantella Jesse Tanguay Theoretical Modelling of Next-generation X-ray Imaging Detectors
Liam Welsh Jeffrey Andrews Addressing overfitting in evolutionary algorithms for mixture models
Name Supervisor Title
Jacqueline Barnett Deanna Gibson Effects of stool nucleic acid preservative on human gut mircobiome data
Emma Corbett Jason Pither Mycorrhizal status and co-occurrence patterns of forest understory plants
Celine Edwards Andis Klegeris Cardiolipin as a brain signaling molecule
Alexander Garner Michael Deyholos Biochemical analysis of complex polysaccharides from plants
Maria Guenter Ramon Lawrence Data analytics and data fusion of sensor and public data sets
Michelle Hawkins Soheil Mahmoud Regulation of isoprenoid precursor partitioning in lavenders
Robert Lalonde Jesse Tanguay Next-generation x-ray imaging of breast cancer
Nicholas Mantella Andrew Jirasek Iterative reconstruction in optical computed tomography
Dakota McKeown Jesse Tanguay Next-generation x-ray imaging of breast cancer
Shanika Rajapakshe John Braun Existing point process cross-intensities with covariates
Victoria Scotney Liane Gabora Toward a science of cultural evolution: Cross-domain influences on innovation
Aaron Wylie Wesley Zandberg Analysis of prebiotic glycans in infant formulas by uHPLC-MS
Name Supervisor Title
Dana Klamut Ramon Lawrence Building databases for the internet of things
Jordan McKenzie Andis Klegaris Identification of novel intercellular signalling molecules of the brain
McCall Milligan Rebecca Tyson Modeling dispersal of the mountain pine beetle in an urban landscape
Deanna Pasquale Deanna Gibson The effect of nutrition on the breast milk microbiome
Shaqil Rahemtulla Gino DiLabio Elucidation of the role of quantum coulomic effects in mediating vitamin B12 Co-C bond
Leona Shum Wesley Zandberg Investigating the impact of fiet on the sialic acids presented in the mouse digestive tract
Samantha Thomson Liane Gabora Test of quantum model of humour: violation of law of total probability
Eliana Wardle Ramon Lawrence Developing high-performance caching database connectors
Rebecca Wells Soheil Mahmoud Cloning of geraniol acetate isomerase

Contact

Julie Martin
ASC 407
250.807.9529
julie.martin@ubc.ca