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KSR USRA

The 2022 competition is now closed.

Award Value: $8,000. Housing provided on site (if permitted in accordance with COVID-19 regulations).
Duration: 16 weeks (mid‐May until mid‐August)
Deadline: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 4pm ET

To encourage field work opportunities among excellent U of T undergraduates, the Koffler Scientific Reserve (KSR) sponsors 1-2 Undergraduate Student Research Awards per summer term. Unlike summer NSERC USRAs, the award is open to all U of T undergraduates, regardless of citizenship or residency status.

KSR will cover a summer stipend for excellent undergraduates pursuing field research in any area of research, provided that they have identified a research supervisor who uses KSR. The award’s purpose is to sponsor independent research experience for undergraduates, not paid field technicians or assistants.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Course requirements, credits, enrollment status, etc. please follow the NSERC USRA guidelines
  • All U of T students are eligible, regardless of citizenship or residency status
  • International students must hold student work visas for the summer
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of B+ or higher (> 77) to apply, or must indicate in a paragraph the extreme circumstances that prevent their transcript from reflecting their true academic merit (e.g., changing majors, learning English, working full time while in school, etc.)
  • Students may not hold the KSR USRA simultaneously with any other award (i.e. NSERC USRA, UTEA, or CGCS Award)

What to Submit

The 2022 competition is now closed.

Important Points

Students are responsible for their own food and laundry expenses. We require that the student be in residence at KSR for the summer, and that a graduate student, post‐doc, or technician, who is capable of supervising the award recipient, be present on site at the start of the project, until the student is self‐sufficient. Faculty advisors are responsible for research user fees, equipment, consumables, and housing costs for the student. KSR will provide an estimate of these costs to advisors prior to awards being made and students being contacted.

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