NSERC - USRA

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program (USRA) 

The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) is an opportunity to gain work experience in academic research, and possibly encourage students to take further studies at the graduate level, as well as provide financial support.  The 
NSERC USRA has a value of $4,500 for a full 16-week period, and is supplemented by at least 25%, making the minimum pay for the tenure of the award $5,740.

If you are interested in pursuing this award, please check the information  to determine if you are eligible and what you are required to do.

You will need to find an NSERC grant holder willing to supervise your project, and who will support your application before you apply to NSERC.  Please refer to the flow chart provided.

The College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) invites your undergraduate students to submit applications for the 2017 NSERC USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Awards) competition by Monday, February 6, 2017 by 4:30 p.m. CST

Undergraduate Awards

Biology undergraduates are eligible for a number of scholarships and awards. Decisions on undergraduate awards are typically made in early spring at the end of Term 2 of the academic year. Please consult with the Biology main office if you are interested in applying for an award. Details on individual awards are provided below.

Biology Club Scholarship

Value: $TBA 
Number: 1 
Eligibility: Awarded annually to a student in the upper year who is continuing in the Biology program. Selection is based on academic achievement, student and community involvement, and evidence of interest in the biological sciences. 
Donor: The Biology Club 
Apply: Contact the Department of Biology for application procedure 
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Biology Field Course Prize

Value: $500 
Number: 1
Eligibility: Awarded to the B.Sc. Biology student with the highest grade in the Field Biology course at the U of S.
Donor: Maureen Rever-DuWors, former faculty member in the Department of Biology
Apply: No application required 

Biology Prize

Value: $2000
Number: One 
Eligibility: Awarded annually to the most distinguished student graduating with a B.Sc. (Four-year or Honours) or their equivalent. Selection will be based on the Cumulative Percentage Average (one-third weighting) and on the average in all Biology courses taken, including those given in other departments which are recognized for Biology credits, (two-thirds weighting). 
Donor: The Faculty of the Department of Biology. 
Apply: No application required. 

D.S. Rawson Memorial Book Prize

Value: TBD
Number: One 
Eligibility: Offered annually to a graduating student, majoring in Biology. Selection will be based on academic achievement and participation in student activities. 
Donor: The Biology Club, in memory of Dr. D.S. Rawson, former Head of the Biology Department. 
Apply: Contact the Department of Biology for application procedure.
Deadline: March 1, 2017 

Eric Whiting Memorial Scholarship

Value: $300
Number: One 
Eligibility: Awarded annually to undergraduate students who have completed at least two years of study and are entering their third or fourth year of the B.Sc. degree program in Biology. Selection will be based on academic standing with documented extra-curricular activity in Biology and/or the environment as exemplified by membership and participation in the activities of Biological Societies, wildlife programs, research activities or other endeavors of such nature as determined by the Department of Biology. 
Donor: Faculty, staff and students of the Department of Biology, and family and friends of the late Eric Whiting in honour of his accomplishments in Biology and commitment to teaching. 
Apply: Consult the Department of Biology for application procedures.
Deadline: March 1, 2017

James M. Naylor Memorial Scholarship Fund

Value: $1500
Number: One 
Eligibility: Awarded annually to a student in the College of Arts & Science going into the fourth year of Biology (Four-year or Honours). Selection will be based on academic achievement and biology-related extra-curricular activities, and will be made by the Faculty of the Department of Biology. 
Donor: Friends of the late Dr. J.M. Naylor. 
Apply: Contact the Department of Biology for application procedure.
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Maureen Rever-DuWors Biology Studies Travel Award

Value: $1000
Number: 1
Eligibility: Awarded annually to an undergraduate student pursuing a B.Sc. in Biology who wishes to participate in a program of field studies or study abroad. Candidates must be declared Biology majors in the B.Sc. program who have completed at least 18 credit units in Biology at the U of S and who have achieved a minimum average of 75% in the previous academic year. The proposed program must be equivalent to at least 3 credit units of senior biology at the U of S if it is a summer course, and 6 credit units or more if a term abroad.

Selection will be based on academic merit, quality of application and statement of purpose, and relevance to the candidate's degree program. Recipients are expected to share their experiences with a relevant group of students and/or faculty on their return from the funded program of study. 
Donor: Maureen Rever-DuWors, former faculty member in the Department of Biology 
Apply: Contact the Department of Biology for application procedure.
Deadline: March 1, 2017

 

Michael B. Zink Memorial Scholarship

Value: $1,000
Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time students entering their 3rd or 4th year of study in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Must have been a full-time student in the previous academic year. 
Donor: The family of the late Dr. Michael B. Zink, member of the Department of Biology from 1964 to 1996. 
Apply: No application required.

 

Robert F. Horner Memorial Scholarship in Biology

Value: $1000
Number: One 
Eligibility: Awarded annually to an upper-year undergraduate student who is majoring in Biology. Selection will be based on academic achievement. 
Donor: Fred and Doreen Horner. 
Apply: No application required.

 

Stuart Houston Book Prize in Ornithology 

Value: Book Prize for $200 
Number: One 
Eligibility: Awarded annually to the student with the highest academic standing in Biology 458.3, Ornithology. 
Donor: Donations from colleagues and friends of Dr. Houston. 
Apply: No application required.

Past Award and Prize Recipients

  • Biology Club Scholarship - Dale Barks
  • Biology Field Course Prize – Rhianne Hosaluk
  • Biology Prize – Jillana Schmidt
  • Biology Convocation Prize – Jillana Schmidt;
  • ENVB Convocation Prize : Alyse Kambeitz
  • D.S. Rawson Book Prize – Liam Epp
  • Edgar and Gladys F. Reeder Prize in Botany – Kaeli Knudsen
  • Eric Whiting Memorial Scholarship- Urvee
  • J.M. Naylor Scholarship – Joanna van Bommel
  • Maureen Rever-DuWors Travel Abroad Award – no applications received
  • Michael B. Zink Memorial Scholarship – Kelton Braun
  • Robert F. Horner Memorial Scholarship Fund – Kara Tastad
  • Stewart Houston Ornithology Book Prize –Jillana Schmidt
  • Biology Club Scholarship- Reid Bryshun 
  • Biology Field Course Prize – Marika Cameron
  • Biology Prize – Ilsa Griebel 
  • Convocation Prize – Biology - Ilsa Griebel
  • Convocation Prize – ENVB – Nichole Prestie
  • D.S. Rawson Book Prize – Ilsa Griebel 
  • Edgar and Gladys F. Reeder Prize in Botany – Marika Cameron 
  • Eric Whiting Memorial Scholarship – Reid Bryshun 
  • J.M. Naylor Scholarship – Alyse Kambeitz and Dominic Olver 
  • Maureen Rever-DuWors Travel Abroad Award – Alyse Kambeitz 
  • Michael B. Zink Memorial Scholarship – Jillana Schmidt 
  • Robert F. Horner Memorial Scholarship Fund – Jillana Schmidt and Jessica Hedgpeth
  • Stewart Houston Ornithology Book Prize - Ilsa Griebel
  • Biology Club Scholarship:   Charlie (Charlotte) Roy
  • Biology Field Course Prize:  Nicole Prestie
  • Biology Prize:  Dakota de Caux
  • Convocation Prize - Biology:  Yakiv Ponomarenko
  • Convocation Prize - Environmental Biology:  Nicolas Poulin
  • D.S. Rawson Book Prize:  Mikayla Oldach
  • Edgar and Gladys F. Reeder Prize in Botany:  Jimmie-Lee Jackson
  • Eric Whiting Memorial Scholarship:  Rachael Edwards
  • J.M. Naylor Scholarship:  Ilsa Griebel
  • Maureen Rever-DuWors Travel Abroad Award:  Rachael Edwards
  • Michael B. Zink Memorial Scholarship – Mark Drew and Ilsa Griebel
  • Robert F. Horner Memorial Scholarship Fund – Dakota de Caux and Yakiv Ponomarenko
  • Stewart Houston Ornithology Book Prize – not awarded
  • Biology Prize – Danielle Levesque
  • Biology Field Course Prize - Jordan Mihalicz
  • Biology Club Scholarship- Charlotte Roy
  • D.S. Rawson Book Prize - Kaylie Arsenault
  • Edgar and Gladys F. Reeder Prize in Botany -  Danielle Levesque
  • Eric Whiting Memorial Scholarship- Charlotte Roy
  • J.M. Naylor Scholarship - Mikayla Oldach
  • Maureen Rever-DuWors Travel Abroad Award – not awarded
  • Michael B. Zink Memorial Scholarship – Ilsa Griebel
  • Robert F. Horner Memorial Scholarship Fund – Dakota de Caux
  • Stewart Houston Ornithology Book Prize – not awarded