Science: Research, Projects, Academia Week, and More!

lab-roomOh January, the time for new starts and beginnings. A time for peace and quiet. Wait. How come I’m hearing the words “apply” and “deadline” again?

Good news everyone (in sciences and engineering), the NSERC URSA grant applications are making their way around again.

Here’s all the fuzz about that and some ideas on how to beginwith the search.

 

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) sponsors many research labs to take on undergrads in paid summer work (~$4500 for the entire summer) called Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA). There are also awards for Aboriginals, research in industry setting, and research in the atmospherical and meteorlogical fields. See NSERC website.

Currently, McGill’s Biomedical and Science Faculties have begun accepting proposals from students. The URSA is awarded on a merit (GPA) basis, so PI’s will be motivated to take on the student with the best transcript. But don’t be discouraged! Even if you don’t get the Award, it’s possible that the professors are looking for summer help. They will find you a good candidate because you showed initiative in making contact. As I was saying about deadlines, some of the applications close mid-February, and others early-March. Hurry now to secure your place in the Hall of Fame of Science! (Yeah, I’m still working on my marketing skills).

Do talk to many professors, you never know what might happen.

If you’re interested in getting started with research but not sure where to begin? Check out Academia Week the first week of February, which includes many lab tours around the schools and meetings with profs working on really awesome stuff!

Another neat thing about doing research: If you complete 9-credits of approved science research courses, you get to be put on “Faculty of Science Dean’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research List” at graduation. This distinction will also be put on your graduation transcript. This would be especially neat for those considering grad school.

 

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