Deadline for Summer 2019 is March 1st.

Submission: There are two parts to the application form for the TWU USRA. Part I is to be filled out by the student. Part II is to be filled out by the proposed supervisor. Hard copies for Parts I and II, along with a copy of the student’s unofficial transcript*, should be submitted to Elizabeth Kreiter in the Office of Research, Suite 101, Fosmark Centre by March 1st.

*If you are a transfer student in your first semester at Trinity, you will need to provide an official transcript from your previous post-secondary institution.

For application advice, please consult Elizabeth Kreiter, USRA Liaison.


  1. Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in any faculty or school at TWU are eligible. They must have completed at least one semester of post-secondary studies at the time of their application. They can be in their final semester and hold the award over the summer.
  2. The minimum GPA of the student applicant must be 2.7.
  3. Students must identify a faculty member as their supervisor and have the research project approved by that faculty member.
  4. Students may submit ONE application to this competition. Students MAY NOT submit multiple applications.

Amount: Up to $9300; dependent on term and anticipated number of research hours.

Term: Up to 16 weeks, and no fewer than 10 weeks; desired term to be indicated on the application.

Faculty Eligible to Supervise TWU USRAs: All tenure-track faculty. Other full-time TWU faculty involved in research may be eligible to supervise TWU USRAs, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Supervision of Multiple Students: Supervisors may submit applications to supervise a MAXIMUM OF TWO different students.

Application Forms

TWU USRA Applicants

Part I – Student Form

TWU USRA Supervisors

Part II – Supervisor Form
Part II.2 – Budget Spreadsheet


The Tri-Agency is made up of three funding bodies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Tri-Agency Scholarships are funded by the Government of Canada. They are awarded to students for the purpose of developing research skills and assisting in the training of highly qualified personnel in order to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in Canada, and to advance Canada’s international reputation. There is a competitive process involved in order to be awarded one of these scholarships. CIHR and NSERC are currently the only Tri-Agency funding bodies that provides scholarships for undergraduate students. For details about these opportunities and the deadlines for application see below.



Deadline for Summer 2019 is February 15th.

Submission: You need to submit your application online, and also submit paper copies (Form 202 Parts I and II, the supplemental information form, and your original transcripts) to Elizabeth Kreiter (, 604-513-2167), Research Office, Suite 101, Fosmark Centre.

For application advice, please consult Elizabeth Kreiter, USRA Liaison

Purpose: To stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering, encourage you to undertake graduate studies and to pursue a research career in these fields, and facilitate financial support for gaining research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply to this program.

Amount: $4500 (in addition to the NSERC award, there will be an additional $4800 contributed by other funding sources).

Term:  16 weeks (full time, consecutive weeks).

For full details of the program, including applicant eligibility, see here

To view the application tutorial click here.

Additional Application Forms

The Research Aptitude Form is used by the committee to assess your research aptitude. Do not upload it into the NSERC application site. It should be submitted directly to Elizabeth Kreiter in the Research Office. Instructions for submission are on the form.

NSERC USRA - Research Aptitude Form

Instructions for Application Submission

USRA Applicants

TWU Submission Process for USRA Applicants

Form 202 Instructions

USRA Supervisors

TWU Submission Process for USRA Supervisors

Form 202 Instructions

Faculty Eligible to Supervise NSERC USRAs

  • Dr. Anita Cote (Human Kinetics)
  • Dr. Chad Friesen (Chemistry)
  • Dr. David Clements (Biology and Environmental Studies)
  • Dr. Eve Stringham (Biology)
  • Dr. Herbert Tsang (Mathematical Sciences)
  • Dr. Sam Pimentel (Mathematical Science)



Supervisor Title
Mikayla Bakker Eve Stringham Characterizing the role of UNC-53/Nav2 in excretory cell mediated pathogen resistance
Aaron Boehmer Eve Stringham Characterization of the role of UNC-73/Trio in intracellular trafficking
Daniel Driedger Chad Friesen Small molecule fluorine chemistry
Hannah Keith Jaime Palmer-Hague Hormones and intrasexual competition in women
Jason Pulfer Chad Friesen Telechelic perfluoropolyaklylethers containing micro-carbon cage