The departmental deadline for 2023:  TBD

The information on this page is from 2022. Information for 2023 will be posted when it becomes available.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

The Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences will be participating in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) Program for the summer of 2022. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in MCS at the University of Toronto, you should seriously consider submitting an application. This program gives undergraduates the opportunity to work on a project with a clear research goal, under the supervision of a professor who is active at the forefront of his or her field. It is an excellent introduction to research in MCS, and gives undergraduates the opportunity to interact directly with professors, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Award Purpose:  To provide research experience that complements the degree program which will encourage students to consider graduate studies and pursue careers in the natural sciences and engineering.

Award Value: $6,000, plus a minimum 25% supplement ($1500) provided by the department. 

Award Duration: 16 full consecutive weeks.  Requests for shorter work terms must be approved by NSERC prior to the start of the award term.

Award Workterm: University of Toronto administers this program in the summer term only, between May 2 and September 2 of each year.

Award Administration: Research Services Office, University of Toronto.

Please contact your discipline's Academic Advisor if you are interested in applying for an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. Contact information can be found here

Applications are due to the MCS department by: TBD

If the potential supervisor is in the Computer Science discipline, submit the application to Yvette Ye. If the potential supervisor is in the Mathematics or Applied Statistics discipline, submit the application to Laura Ferlito. Contact information can be found here

If you are interested in applying, please start by carefully reviewing the Program Guidelines and Application Procedures in the list below to understand eligibility and the process involved. Other pertinent information related to your application can also be found in the list below.

USRA application information will be captured from the NSERC Online System. Therefore, all applications MUST be completed by students and their supervisors in the On-line System. Applications must be submitted online before the deadline published on this page.

MCS Potential Supervisors

Computer Science

A. Bergen                            A. Petersen
A.J. Bonner                         A. Rosenbloom
J. Burgner-Kahrs                S. Sachdeva
S. Fidler                              F. Shkurti 
A. Garg                               B. Simion
I. Gilitschenski                    D. Wigdor
L. Kahrs                              D. Zingaro
M. Liut                                 L. Zhang
                                           T. Zhu


I. Binder                              K. Zhang
D. Dauvergne                     Y. Liokumovich    
J. Desjardins                      A. Rennet 
J. De Simoi                         A. Shankar
S. Fuchs                             Y. Shlapentokh-Rothman
M. Groechenig                   M. Tvalavadze 
T. Holden                            S. Unger
M. Karrass                         M. Wesslen 
Y. Karshon                         M. Yampolsky
K. Khanin                            T. Yusun


L. Al Labadi                         D. Kong
L.J. Brunner                        A. Nosedal-Sánchez
K. Davies                            S. Volgushev
O. Jazi                                 



Last updated 30-Sept-22