Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)
The McMaster Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are intended to cultivate and support research partnerships between faculty members and undergraduate students. The Awards provide undergraduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences with an opportunity to receive $6,000 to cover 15 weeks of full-time research-based activity in the summer. The intent is that the proposed research activity deepens a student's learning about a substantive area and enhances the student's research skills. In 2013, 12 awards are available.
The McMaster USRA is separate and distinct from the external program NSERC-USRA.
Role of Faculty
Faculty members can support an applicant by agreeing to supervise his/her research. The project could be the student's idea or part of the faculty member's own project, but a substantial component of the research must be completed independently by the student.
As a Faculty member, you can assist students by:
- identifying potential applicants and supporting the applicant's proposed research; and,
- proposing opportunities related to your own research to a potential applicant.
Please note: By co-signing the application, you agree to supervise the student's work.
Past competitions have shown that students who worked closely with their faculty supervisor in developing their research project have had a higher success rate in securing an award.
Faculty members are encouraged to attend the USRA Poster Session on Monday November 12, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 PM in MUSC, CIBC Hall (3rd floor) where last year's recipients will showcase their projects.
For specific information pertaining to the award, please view the USRA Faculty Information Document.
Cristina Foley, Programming and Outreach Manager
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