There are many research opportunities for undergraduate students in the Chemistry Department.
Many faculty hire undergraduates to work in their labs during the term through the university's MUCEP program. Jobs are posted during the first week of each term. This is a great way to get a taste for research and make connections with faculty and students in the department.
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)
Want a really fun summer job that pays well? Want to discover new science? Consider applying for an NSERC USRA! NSERC (national funding agency) and Chemistry Department professors provide generous stipends through the USRA program for undergraduate students to carry out research during the summer. To apply for these awards you should:
- Talk to potential supervisors
- Official university transcript with Fall 2015 grades (request here)
- Read the Office of Research's procedures
- Complete Form 202 Part I on the NSERC website (you must Register first)
- Complete the Approval Form from the Office of Research
- Turn everything in to IIC-2015 (Office of Research) by their deadline.
Supervisors are chosen once students have been selected for the award (perhaps by end of February or early March), but it is helpful to talk to potential supervisors (and their group members) in advance.
If you have questions about this process, feel free to contact any potential supervisor, a member of the, or the.
"NSERC/USRA's are a great way to get students involved in lab research and to gain experience using laboratory equipment. They really help you to get to know people in the department and most groups participate in fun summer events."
-- Jennifer Swyers, NSERC USRA recipient