Contact person: Stephen Michels, michels at-sign cs period dal period ca
Each year the Faculty offers a number of awards.
Value of the Awards:
Awards: $1125/month over 3-4 months within an academic term
Supplemented by the faculty member / supervisor by $600/month
Total salary of $1725/month.
You perform research under the supervision of a faculty member.
It is a great opportunity to get involved in cutting edge research and get started early onto a research career.
A research assignment is among the most interesting and challenging co-op experiences possible for an undergraduate student.
A successful research assignment leads to a publication, an honour's thesis, and is a valuable asset on your resume.
It maximizes the probability of acceptance into graduate school with full scholarship.
It maximizes the probability of getting an NSERC Postgraduate or other graduate Scholarship later on.
You can take up to one course during the term of the award, if approved by your supervisor.
about graduate school? Browse the following:
- Graduate school: why attend, how/when to apply, financial support (by E. Milios)
- Visit the section on Doing Research In Graduate School under graduate resources.
- Talk to the Graduate Director or any faculty member.
For NSERC USRA: Canadian Citizen or permanent resident (PR) status.
For FCS USRA: Canadian/PR or International
Holding no graduate degree in another discipline.
Minimum B average over your undergraduate studies,
but majority of awards to students in the past with at least A-.
Completion of the first year is a requirement.
Preference is given to students who completed 2nd and/or 3rd year.
information on the NSERC USRAs and the application form,
please consult the following URL:
Part I of the application form is for the applicant's personal data.
Part II is to be filled out by the prospective supervisor.
FCS USRA awards follow the same criteria as NSERC USRAs.
The application forms are only required from the students
who receive NSERC USRAs, at a later time (April). Details of the process
The application forms are only required from the students who receive NSERC USRAs, at a later time (April). Details of the process are here.
a. If you are in
the Co-op program:
This is one of the jobs eligible for Co-op
The Co-op Office deadlines apply to work term applications and assignments.
copies of your application:
1. To the Co-op Office.
2. To Stephen Michels in the main office of the Computer Science Building.
b. If you are not
in the Co-op program:
Apply to Stephen Michels in the main office of the Computer Science Building.
(in both cases) should consist of:
- your resume
- a short cover letter describing your area(s) of interest in computer science research.
- we will add your academic transcript
deadline is Friday, January 18, 4pm,
for summer 2013 awards.
If unfilled positions remain or by special arrangement, awards can be held in fall 2013 or winter 2014.
Applications will be ranked by the graduate committee, and classified as:
offer, wait-list, reject.
Students will be notified of the outcome by Friday, January 25.
Notification will be by email. If you do not hear from us, please check with Stephen Michels soon after the above date.
3: If you are offered the
position, you will be asked to contact faculty members in Computer
Science who supervise NSERC/FCS USRA projects (Stephen Michels
will send you the list) and discuss with them your interests, qualifications
and possible project topics.
If you need help with this, please ask Stephen.
You should submit your ranked list of faculty members (at least 3) you would like to work with to Stephen Michels by Monday, February 4, 4pm.
If you already have a firm agreement with a supervisor, please indicate so and submit just his/her name.
Step 4: We will process all the
ranked lists of supervisors submitted, and assign you a supervisor as close to
your top preference as possible.
After confirming with the assigned supervisors, we will send you the official offer (including the supervisor) by Wednesday, February 13, 4pm.
5: Students are required
to notify Stephen Michels if they accept or decline
the NSERC/FCS USRA job offer by Monday, February
No timely reply is equivalent to declining the offer.
If students previously offered a position decline the award, it will be offered to applicants from the waiting list at that time.
The official NSERC Application forms available on the NSERC web site will be typed up for the final list of awards and forwarded to NSERC at a later time for those students awarded NSERC USRAs.
If you have any questions or you need to discuss further the opportunity, please see or email Stephen Michels.
Log onto NSERC's on-line system and complete Part 1 of Form 202:
Go to: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/OnlineServices-ServicesEnLigne/Index_eng.asp
Select Login to the system or Register as a New User.
Select Form 202 Part 1 under For Students and Fellows
Complete all modules shown on the left hand side of the screen
Verify the form on the My Portfolio screen until the report shows it is complete
Forward reference number provided by the system to potential supervisor
Attach transcripts (scan official transcripts and attach pdf)
The supervisor must
Log onto NSERC's on-line system using the same password and username as for NSERC grant
For forgotten passwords, contact On-line Services Helpdesk
Select Form 202 Part II under the heading Forms-Researcher.
Enter the reference number for each student with whom they wish to work, and complete all the modules necessary to create a Part II for each student.
Verify each form using the button on the My Portfolio screen until report states it is complete.
Push the Submit to LO button to send the form to me
The Liaison Officer (Danielle dot Wood at dal
dot ca) must submit the on-line form to NSERC between May 1 and
Late submissions will not be accepted, so both the student and supervisor parts of Form 202 must be complete.
Faculty reps will
Select the winning students from their Faculty
Ensure that potential supervisors are eligible to host USRA awardees and that students are eligible to hold an award
Provide information to students and supervisors on the on-line application procedure
Provide a list of selected students and their supervisors to Danielle Wood in the Faculty of Science by no later than April 15.