1448499883_icon-93We would like to encourage 2nd, 3rd and 4th year psychology students with interests in cognitive areas of psychology, and a strong GPA (3.50 or above), to apply for a summer undergraduate student award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).  You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada in order to apply.  More information about the program and instructions on how to apply can be found in this post.

These awards (currently valued at $7,728 minimum) are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences by working in an NSERC-supported laboratory, and can serve as a stepping-stone to graduate studies. Listed below are the psychology labs that are eligible to host students this summer. Please contact the lab director ASAP if you are interested. The internal deadline for applications from psychology is 4pm, Friday, February 17th, 2017. Submit to Sarah Carmichael in JOR-941.

Psychology’s NSERC Supported Labs

BEE Lab (Brain and Early Experiences Lab)
Dr. Margaret Moulson
CAL (Cognitive Aging Lab)
Dr. Lixia Yang
ECC (Early Childhood Cognition Lab)
Dr. Lili Ma
MAD Lab (Memory and Decision Processes Lab)
Dr. Julia Spaniol
SMART Lab (Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology Lab)
Dr. Frank Russo 

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

2017 Competition for 27 awards

How to apply: 
This is a 2 stage application process:
  1. Student/Supervisor Departmental Deadline: 17th February at 4:00 pm with Sarah Carmichael in JOR-941
  2. Ranked Department Application Deadline (to OVPRI): March 3rd, 2017
An Overview and Application Process document is attached. 
General Information for the University USRA Competition Follows:
How to apply: Go to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) website: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/Videos-Videos/usra-brpct_eng.asp
To view forms and instructions: Go to the NSERC website: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/UG-PC/USRA-BRPC_eng.asp
Individual student applications are not to be submitted to (and will not be accepted by) OVPRI. Applications are submitted through your designated supervisor’s department/school.
Student eligibility: a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, be registered at the time of application in a Bachelor’s degree program at an eligible university; have obtained over the previous years of study a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; have completed all of the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (2 academic terms) of your bachelor’s degree; be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in natural sciences or engineering during the tenure of the award.
Supervisor eligibility: currently holding an active NSERC research grant (e.g. Discovery, Strategic, Research Partnership grant) either at the time of submission of the USRA application or during the time the student holds the award (May – September 2017). Further eligibility details can be found in the attached PDF document (2017 NSERC USRA Faculty Eligibility Overview)
Value of the USRA: $4,500 from NSERC plus University Supervisor supplement. The recommended minimum award value for 2017 is $7,728 for 16 weeks/560 hours (which includes the 15% mandatory deductions), however a higher supplement may be offered at the discretion of the Supervisor/Department.
Tenure of the USRA: Between May – September 2017 for a period of 16 weeks/560 hours, full-time (Monday through Friday).
**NEW THIS YEAR** Student statement – In addition to the Part I of the NSERC Form 202, student applicants are being asked to provide a “250-500 word statement describing your research interests and how the NSERC USRA will benefit your future academic/career goals. If you have previously held an NSERC USRA (or have previous research experience), please describe what your role in the previous project was and what you learned from the experience.”
OVPRI will be hosting an informal information session, here are the details plus more in the attachment too:
Date: Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 
Time: 12pm (noon) – 1:00pm
Location: 1 Dundas St West – OVPRI – YDI 11th Floor – Room 1134
University/OVPRI contact: Linda Hurrell, Grants/Contracts Officer (Natural Sciences and Engineering) at lhurrell@ryerson.ca
Department contact:  Sarah Carmichael, Undergraduate Program Administrator at sarah.carmichael@psych.ryerson.ca