INTERNAL APPLICATION Deadline for Summer 2021:


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 Scholarship Liaison Officer, Office of Research & Graduate Studies, at from a 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 $10,200, depending on the term of the award

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

Undergraduate Research Conference (UGRC) Requirement: USRA recipients are required to present a project at TWU's annual Undergraduate Research Conference in Spring 2022.

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



*2019 USRA Recipients will be presenting their research at TWU's UGRC 2020 on Thursday, April 9th.

Recipient Name Supervisor Research Project
Mowalolaoluwa Adeleye Laura Onyango, PhD The Efficacy of Manuka Honey in Combating Staphylooccal Small Colony Variant (SCV) Phenotypes
Broolelyn Biffart Eve Stringham, PhD Is UNC-53 mediated pathogen resistance in Caenorhabditis elegans dependent on vesicle trafficking in the excretory cell?
Alan Brooke Chad Friesen, PhD Small Molecule Fluorine Chemistry
Maddison Brown Julia Mills, PhD ILK and Abl Cancer Cell Survival and Growth
Benjamin Budlong Kelly Arbeau, PhD Personality as a moderator of the relationship between daily experiences and affect in the transition to university
Clara Chung Jaime Palmer-Hague, PhD Effects of operational sex ratio on parent preferences for masculine and feminine ofspring characteristics
Jonathan Dresselhuis Julia Mills, PhD ILK and Abl Cancer Cell Survival and Growth
Garth Lester Anita Cote, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Adaptation to Exercise

Molecular Targets Representative of Exercise-induced Cardia Adaptations
Christy Peters Shane Durbach, PhD

Matthew Etherington, PhD

Research and development of low cost, inquiry-based chemistry activities for pre-service elementary school teachers studying at TWU
Jason Pulfer Chad Friesen, PhD Telechelic Perfluoropolyalkyleters (PFPAEs)
Ian Sheridan Paul Brown, PhD Natural surfactants in Sapindus saponaria
Cassandra Thorpe Kelly Arbeau, PhD Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Through Drawings
Matthew Welsh Tracy Stobbe, PhD The impacts of pornography exposure in romantic relationships among Christian young adults

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