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An overview of awards

The awards described here are for students to work with Faculty of Science supervisors only. If you wish to work with a researcher located in the Max Rady College of Medicine or any other Faculty, please ask directly through their respective Faculty offices.

Your summer research position will be for 16 consecutive weeks beginning in May and ending the last week of August. You will be working daily hours equivalent to a full-time job and the hours you work will be determined by your supervisor. If you wish to take summer courses, please discuss this with your potential supervisor before applying for an award.

  • There are six different types of awards for which you may apply:

  • Research Biological Sciences

Application process

Please be sure to only apply for the awards that you are interested in (you may apply for multiple awards with one application). You can learn more about the awards in detail.

To view the USRA application, log in to UM JUMP and click the STUDENT tab. The link to the USRA application is located at the bottom right of the STUDENT JUMP webpage.

Please note that you must upload your WEB TRANSCRIPT which includes grades up to and including the Fall 2022 term along with your application. We acknowledge that some students may not have their final grades and if at all possible, we ask that students wait for their final grades from these classes before submitting their applications and uploading their web transcripts.

Application deadline: January 20, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Steps to complete before the end of the term:

If you would like to apply for an Undergraduate Student Research Award, you should complete these steps before the end of the term.

  1. Review the list of eligibility requirements below to ensure that you can hold an award.

  2. Identify some potential supervisors, review their personal web pages, and email the researcher to arrange a meeting to discuss research opportunities in their lab.
  3. If the researcher agrees to support your application, be prepared to submit the USRA application form (see instructions below) in January, once the fall term's grades are available.
  • Getting started with the USRA application process

    • To access the USRA application portal, log in to UM JUMP and click the STUDENT tab. The link to the USRA application is located at the bottom right of the STUDENT JUMP webpage.
    • Complete the short questionnaire to determine the awards you may qualify for. If you are eligible to apply for an award, you will be able to continue to the USRA Application Form.
  • Instructions for completing the USRA application form

    • Fill in your name, contact information, and program information
    • Enter your Cumulative GPA
    • Upload your web transcript
    • Select the Department you would like to apply to
    • Type the name of the professor you wish to be supervised by
    • Check the award(s) being applied for (from the questionnaire)
    • Fill in the Proposed Area of Study (1 or 2 lines)
    • Describe why an undergraduate student research award is important to you in approximately 200 words
    • Check the box to declare that all information entered is accurate
    • Click Submit

Potential supervisors

Click on each researcher's name to read more about their research interest.

Chemistry

Analytical chemistry

Sabine Kuss
Assistant Professor
Sabine.Kuss@umanitoba.ca

Gregg Tomy
Director, Centre for Oil and Gas Development, Professor
Gregg.Tomy@umanitoba.ca

Biochemistry

Ned Budisa
(Tier 1) Canada Research Chair in Synthetic Biology, Professor
Nediljko.Budisa@umanitoba.ca

Mazdak Khajehpour
Associate Professor
Mazdak.Khajehpour@umanitoba.ca

Ute Kothe
Department Head, Professor
Ute.Kothe@umanitoba.ca

Sean McKenna
Associate Dean (Programs), Professor
Sean.McKenna@umanitoba.ca

Hélène Perreault
Professor
Helene.Perreault@umanitoba.ca

Jörg Stetefeld
(Tier 1) Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology and Biophysics, Professor
Jorg.Stetefeld@umanitoba.ca

Zev Ripstein
Assistant Professor
Zev.Ripstein@umanitoba.ca

Microbiology

Matthew Bakker
Assistant Professor
Matthew.Bakker@umanitoba.ca

A. Karen Brassinga
Associate Head (Student Experience & Outreach), Professor
Ann.Brassinga@umanitoba.ca

Silvia Cardona
Associate Head (Graduate Studies), Professor
Silvia.Cardona@umanitoba.ca

Deborah Court
Head, Professor
Deborah.Court@umanitoba.ca

Aleeza Gerstein
Assistant Professor
Aleeza.Gerstein@umanitoba.ca

Georg Hausner
Professor
Georg.Hausner@umanitoba.ca

Ayush Kumar
Associate Dean (Strategic Initiatives), Professor
Ayush.Kumar@umanitoba.ca

Brian Mark
Dean (Faculty of Science), Professor
Brian.Mark@umanitoba.ca

Ivan Oresnik
Professor
Ivan.Oresnik@umanitoba.ca

Pelka Peter
Associate Professor
Peter.Pelka@umanitoba.ca

Gerd Prehna
Assistant Professor
Gerd.Prehna@umanitoba.ca

Richard Sparling
Associate Head (Undergraduate Affairs), Professor
Richard.Sparling@umanitoba.ca

Miguel Uyaguari
Assistant Professor, Indigenous Scholar
Miguel.uyaguari@umanitoba.ca

Hans-Joachim Wieden
Lead for BioSciences Entrepreneurship and Industry Partnerships
Hans-Joachim.Wieden@umanitoba.ca

Other research-focused faculty members may be available. Please see the Department of Microbiology website for further information.

 

 

 

 

Statistics

Aleeza Gerstein
Assistant Professor
Aleeza.gerstein@umanitoba.ca

Saumen Mandal
Professor
Saumen.Mandal@UManitoba.CA

Po Yang
Associate Head (Graduate), Associate Professor
Po.Yang@umanitoba.ca

Eligibility

Only Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada are eligible for an NSERC. Visa students are not eligible for NSERC awards but are eligible for the Faculty of Science USRA and the other awards on this page.

  • Students

    • NSERC applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
    • NSERC Indigenous applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Faculty of Science USRA applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Science Co-op students are eligible to apply for NSERC and Faculty of Science USRA during their co-op work term.
    • Students must have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two full-time academic terms) of their bachelor’s degree.
      • Academic terms:
      • Summer term – May to August
      • Fall term – September to December
      • Winter term – January to April
    • Students who intend to graduate in winter 2023 are not eligible for an NSERC or a Faculty of Science USRA.
    • Students from other universities are only eligible for the NSERC awards.
    • Students must be registered, as of the deadline date for applications at the university, in a bachelor’s degree program at an eligible university. 
    • Students must be registered in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award in a bachelor’s degree program at an eligible university.
    • Students must be registered as full-time students, unless they are in their final term before graduation, in which case, less than full-time registration is acceptable (provided that the penultimate term was fully registered).
    • Students may apply to graduate studies but must not have started their graduate program.
    • Students must be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering during the tenure of the award.
    • Students may hold only one university USRA per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).
    • Students may hold a maximum of three (NSERC and/or Faculty of Science) USRA awards throughout their university career.
    • Co-op or other students who complete their degree requirements in December rather than April are eligible to hold a Faculty of Science award in the summer following their final term.
    • Students already in possession of a Bachelor’s degree who are studying towards a second Bachelor’s degree are eligible to hold NSERC or a Faculty of Science award, provided they do not hold a higher degree in the natural sciences.
    • Students may undertake their research project through any department in the Faculty of Science.
    • Students with a General Science degree are eligible for the FoS USRA.

Supervisors

  • Supervisors for NSERC awards must be NSERC holders themselves.
  • Supervisors for the Faculty of Science USRA, H.D. Gesser Prize, Jack Prior Prize, or Phil Hultin Pedagogy award must hold an appointment in the Faculty of Science.

 

Further details about the NSERC awards can be found on the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada website.

Award details

NSERC and NSERC Indigenous

Minimum Value of $8,000.

NSERC provides $6,000 and the remainder (at least $2,000*) will be provided by the Faculty of Science Dean’s office and the supervisor.

($500 [FoS] + $1,500 [researcher] + $6,000 [NSERC])

  • Researchers can increase their contribution beyond the minimum, especially when supporting senior, experienced trainees.
  • The supervisor’s portion can be from an NSERC grant or any of their other research grants.  
  • However, the supervisor of a student holding an NSERC award must hold an active NSERC research grant.
  • Indigenous students must have self-declared on the University of Manitoba Indigenous Self-Declaration Form.

Faculty of Science

Minimum Value of $6,750.

The Faculty of Science Dean’s office provides $4,500 and the remainder (at least $2,250*) will be provided by the Department and the supervisor.

($4,500 [FoS] + $1,750 [researcher] + $500 [department])

  • Researchers can increase their contribution beyond the minimum, especially when supporting senior, experienced trainees.

The Jack Prior Memorial Undergraduate Summer Research Prize

Minimum value of $7,900.

The donor funds $6,150 and the supervisor $1,750.

($6,150 [donor] + $1,750 [researcher])

  • Must have a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5.
  • This award is based largely on leadership and volunteer experience. On the application form, you will fill in a section where you must explain your involvement in community, leadership, and volunteer experience.  
  • Students must be registered in a Science Major/Honours program as well as enrolled in 24 credit hours for The Jack Prior Memorial Undergraduate Summer Research Prize.

H.D. Gesser Undergraduate Summer Research Prize in Chemistry

Minimum value of $6,750.

The donor funds $4,500.

($4,500 [donor] + $1,750 [researcher] + $500 [department])

  • Must have a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5.
  • Only students registered in Biochemistry are eligible to apply for the H.D. Gesser Summer Research Prize in Chemistry.
  • Students must be registered in a Science Major/Honours program as well as enrolled in 24 credit hours for the H.D. Gesser Undergraduate Summer Research Prize in Chemistry.

Philip Hultin Pedagogy Award

Minimum value of $6,750.

The Faculty of Science Dean’s office provides $4,500

($4,500 [FoS] + $1,750 [researcher] + $500 [department])

This is not a research award.  This Award is focused on the development of pedagogy tools and curriculum development.  If you are applying for this prize, there should already be an understanding in place with your supervisor of choice as to what the project will entail.  If you have selected this award, the proposed supervisor will be required to fill out their portion of this application explaining the pedagogy project.  If you have not had this discussion with your supervisor of choice, please do not select this award.

This fund will be used to support multiple Faculty of Science students to assist Faculty of Science members in developing any aspect of science pedagogy and curriculum development including but not limited to:

  • New laboratory and lecture content.
  • Teaching media including digital media and textbooks.
  • Student performance evaluation tools.
  • Self-learning and self-testing tools for students.
  • Web sites and tools for student communication.
  • Tools such as software that advances student learning in the Faculty of Science.
  • In support of our Wawatay program and Indigenous Initiative in Science, we are also supporting curriculum development for incorporating the ‘two-eyed’ seeing approach in Science (i.e. incorporating both Indigenous ways of knowing and Western knowledge).

The funds are meant to encourage curriculum development and assist Faculty members but also should help enhance and broaden student interest in science education and develop their skills in this endeavor.

Duration of support

The duration of the NSERC, NSERC Indigenous, Faculty of Science USRA, H.D. Gesser prize, Jack Prior prize, and Philip Hultin award is 16 consecutive weeks. If a supervisor wishes to extend this period, the difference will have to be provided by the supervisor’s grant(s).

Location of tenure

Students undertake their research projects through any department in the Faculty of Science.

Selection of students

Ranking will be based on Cumulative GPA for NSERC. Faculty of Science USRA and the H.D. Gesser prize will be ranked by the department. The Jack Prior award is selected by the Prior family and The Philip Hultin award is selected by the selection committee.

Professional workshop and poster competition

All award recipients will be expected to participate in the Faculty of Science lunch hour professional workshops and poster competition.

Contact us

Dorothy Komzak
Confidential Assistant to the Associate Deans
Dean’s Office, Faculty of Science
248A Machray Hall
204-474-8507
Dorothy.Komzak@umanitoba.ca