USRA Liaison Officer: Lola IYIOLA, Office of Research

The TWU USRA application process contains two parts: Part I is to be filled out by the student. Part II is to be filled out by the proposed supervisor. Parts I and II, together with the student’s unofficial transcript(s), must be submitted to the USRA Liaison Officer, Office of Research, at from your student email address.

A student may submit only ONE application to the USRA competition. If a student applies for an NSERC USRA and is not successful, their application will automatically be considered for a TWU USRA.

Amount of Award: Up to $9,628, depending on the term of the award, plus up to $500 for consumables (if applicable)

Term of Award: Up to 16 weeks, and no fewer than 10 weeks (desired term to be indicated on the application)

TWU CREATE Conference Requirement: USRA recipients are required to present a project at the TWU CREATE Conference in the Spring semester following their award.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Current enrollment in any undergraduate program.
  2. Must have completed at least one semester of post-secondary studies at the deadline of application.
  3. May be in the final semester of a program at the time of application, and hold the award over the summer.
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.7 required.
  5. Identification of a supervisory faculty member and have the research project approved by that faculty member.

Supervisor Eligibility: All tenure-track faculty. Other full-time and sessional TWU faculty who are involved in research may be eligible to supervise, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Faculty do not need to be NSERC eligible. A supervisor may submit applications to supervise a maximum of two students in the NSERC and TWU USRA combined.

Forms & Instructions for applicants

Forms & Instructions for proposed research supervisors



*2021 USRA Recipients will present their research at TWU's 2022 Research and Creativity Symposium

Recipient Name Supervisor Research Project
Natalie Szakun Anita Cote, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Adaptation to Exercise

Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Women and Relationships with Physical Activity
Maddisen Brown Julia Mills, PhD ILK and Abl in Cancer Cell Survival and Growth
Elyssa Campbell

Tracy Stobbe, PhD, MPP, BJ

Economic Trends and Understandings in 18th and 19th Century British Literature
Gabriella Collins Angela Wolff, PhD, RN Guidelines for Healthcare Providers' Application of Patient-Centered Measurement (PCM) Data in Practice
Che-Hsuan (Lucy) Chuang Paul Rowe, PhD Religious Freedom in the Contemporary World: the Case of the People’s Republic of China
Hannah Hube Kelly Arbeau, PhD Identifying the correlates of fear/anxiety responses and exercise avoidance in person with pain-related chronic illness
Lillian Li Angela Wolff, PhD, RN Guidelines for Healthcare Providers' Application of Patient-Centered Measurement (PCM) Data in Practice
Abner Kooner Sarah Liva, PhD, RN Developing a socially responsive lens to assess and address postpartum vulnerability during the pandemic and beyond
Jordyn Laird Valentina Proietti, PhD

Philip Laird, PhD

Empathy and Understanding Moral Decision Making
Jade Stobbart

Jaime Palmer-Hague, PhD

Sex Differences in Effectiveness of Gossip
Jillian Sherwood Kelly Arbeau, PhD Motivations for using complementary and alternative medicine

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