NSERC USRA Information



Summer 2022 NSERC-USRA Research Awards

The Summer 2022 NSERC USRA applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest! Summer 2023 application details will be posted in early February 2023.

USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Awards) are meant to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university. We encourage qualified Indigenous, women, visible minorities, BIPOC, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons to apply for this award.

Please read the information here carefully. Please review the NSERC eligibility guidelines, the list of PSYC Faculty accepting NSERC applications in 2022 and the PSYC specific application process, including the PSYC departmental application form. Please pay attention to deadlines.


NSERC Eligibility

Consult the NSERC websites for detailed information of eligibility for this award and take a look at the FAQs:

To be eligible to apply for an award, you must

  • be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), as of the deadline date for applications at the institution

  • be registered, as of the deadline date for applications at the institution, in a bachelor’s degree program at an eligible institution

  • have obtained, over the previous years of study, a second class cumulative average (normally a B-; check with your institution)

In addition

  • if you already hold a bachelor’s degree and are studying toward a second bachelor’s degree, you may still apply for this award

  • you may hold only one USRA per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31)

  • you may hold a maximum of three USRAs throughout your undergraduate career

To hold an award, you must

  • have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of study (or two academic terms) of your bachelor’s degree

  • have been registered at the time of application and in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award in a bachelor’s degree program

  • not have started a program of graduate studies in the NSE at any time

  • be employed full time in eligible research and development activities in the NSE during tenure of award

Duration and value of NSERC award

  • The duration of the award is 16 consecutive weeks on a full-time basis, from May 1 to August 31.

  • The value of the award is $6,000 plus host institution contribution.


List of Faculty Members accepting NSERC student applications for Summer 2022

Faculty Member:


Faculty Website:


Valerie Kuhlmeier DEVELOPMENTAL socialcognitionlab.com vk4@queensu.ca
Michele Morningstar DEVELOPMENTAL michelemorningstar.com/dseclab michele.morningstar@queensu.ca
Jordan Poppenk COGNITIVE-NEUROSCIENCE popmem.com jpoppenk@queensu.ca
Mark Sabbagh DEVELOPMENTAL earlyexperiencelab.ca sabbagh@queensu.ca


PSYC Department Application Process for NSERC USRA 2022

  • You must work under the supervision of a faculty member. The Psychology Faculty members listed above are accepting applications for NSERC USRA Summer 2022.   Please follow up with them directly via email with your unofficial transcript.

  • Once you have secured approval from a Faculty member, please complete the PSYC Department Application Form.  Ensure to complete sections A and B. The deadline to submit the fully completed application form (PDF, 129 KB) the UG office (ug.psyc@queensu.ca) is Friday February 11 @ 5PM EST. Please copy your Faculty supervisor when sending in your application.

  • Once the Awards Committee has selected the award recipients, successful applicants will be notified by email starting Friday, February 25.

  • You will need to formally accept your offer via email to the UG office and complete the necessary documentation/forms required from NSERC (via NSERC application site). The deadline to submit all NSERC documentation/forms is no later than Friday, March 4, 2022 at 4PM EST. Please note—this is a very short turn around. If you are selected, you will need to move quickly to meet the deadline by NSERC. This is a “hard” deadline, and cannot be adjusted.