Trinity Western University Science Research Program Undergraduate Student Research Award (TWU SRP USRA)

Deadline for Summer 2018 is February 15th.

Submission: There are two parts to the application form for the TWU SRP Undergraduate Student Research Award. 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 February 15th.

*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 Professor Craig Montgomery, Science Research Liaison.

Eligibility:

  1. Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences 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.

Amount: $7300

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

Faculty Eligible to Supervise TWU SRP USRAs are:

  • Dr. Paul Brown (Chemistry)
  • Dr. David Clements (Biology and Environmental Sciences)
  • Dr. Anita Cote (Human Kinetics)
  • Dr. Shane Durbach (Chemistry)
  • Dr. Chad Friesen (Chemistry)
  • Dr. Julia Mills (Biology)
  • Dr. Craig Montgomery (Chemistry)
  • Dr. Jaime Palmer-Hague (Psychology)
  • Dr. Sam Pimentel (Mathematical Science)
  • Dr. Anthony Siame (Biology)
  • Karen Steensma (Biology and Environmental Studies)
  • Dr. Eve Stringham (Biology)
  • Dr. Herbert Tsang (Mathematics and Computing Science)
  • Dr. Dennis Venema (Biology)

Other TWU faculty may be eligible to supervise TWU SRP USRAs, provided their research falls within the area of Natural Sciences.

Application Forms

TWU SRP USRA Applicants

Part I – Student Form

TWU SRP USRA Supervisors

Part II – Supervisor Form

TRICOUNCIL SCHOLARSHIPS (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)

The TriCouncil 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). TriCouncil 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 TriCouncil funding bodies that provides scholarships for undergraduate students. For details about these opportunities and the deadlines for application see below.


NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA (NSERC) 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS (USRA)

Deadline for Summer 2018 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 (elizabeth.kreiter@twu.ca, 604-513-2167), Research Office, Suite 101, Fosmark Centre.

For application advice, please consult Professor Craig Montgomery, Science Research 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 in a non-university setting that complements your studies. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply to this program.

Amount: $4500 (in addition to the NSERC award, there will be an additional $2800 contributed by other funding sources)

Term:  16 weeks (full time, consecutive weeks)

For full details of the program see here

To view the application tutorial click here.

Additional Application Forms

This 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

Faculty with NSERC Grants are:

  • Dr. Chad Friesen (Chemistry)
  • Dr. David Clements (Biology and Environmental Studies)
  • Dr. Eve Stringham (Biology)
  • Dr. Sam Pimentel (Mathematical Science)

Because TWU is a small university, NSERC may allow an NSERC USRA to have a supervisor who doesn’t hold an NSERC grant. The faculty who can do so must be approved by NSERC and can’t have supervised more than three NSERC USRAs without holding an NSERC grant. The faculty without NSERC grants who might be eligible to supervise an NSERC USRA are:

  • Dr. Anita Cote (Human Kinetics)
  • Dr. Anthony Siame (Biology)
  • Dr. Arnold Sikkema (Mathematical Sciences)
  • Dr. Craig Montgomery (Chemistry)
  • Dr. Geraldine Jordan (Environmental Studies)
  • Dr. Herbert Tsang (Mathematical Sciences)
  • Dr. Jaime Palmer-Hague (Psychology)
  • Rick Sutcliffe (Mathematical Sciences)
  • Dr. Shane Durbach (Chemistry)

Please consult the Research Office to confirm supervisor eligibility before submitting an application.


ANNUAL COMPETITION: INDUSTRIAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD (IUSRA)

Application Process: Send NSERC Form 202 and your official transcripts directly to one or more of the eligible organizations listed here. The organizations apply to NSERC to host the students they have chosen.

Deadlines: Apply to the organization a minimum of 4 weeks before the start date of your work term

For application advice, please consult Professor Craig Montgomery, Science Research 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, facilitate financial support for gaining research work experience in a non-university setting that complements your studies. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply to this program.

Amount: $4500 (at time of award, may also apply for travel allowance for travel to the workplace)

Term:  16 weeks (consecutive)

For full details of the program see here. You can also view a video summarizing the undergraduate student programs here.

To view the application tutorial click here.


PAST AWARDS

TWU UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD 2017 AWARD WINNERS

Recipient
Name
Supervisor Title Department/
School
Nicholas Kinnie Ka Yin Leung Prediction of type III secretion system effectors in gram-negative bacteria using machine learning Biology
Jordan  Shields Eve Stringham Characterize the role of the UNC-73 in intracellular trafficking Biology
Julia Burgess Chad Friesen Synthesis and polymerization of oligo(HFPO) maleimide and vinyl ethers Chemistry
Trevor Burgess Chad Friesen Formation and polymerization of perfluorisopropenyl ethers (PIPE) Chemistry
Aaron Kornelsen Sam Pimente Data assimilation experiments with a subglacial hydrology model Mathematical Science