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Apply for an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) by February 15, 2014

NSERC USRA in Physics and Computer Science

Jan 22/14

The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards allows qualified undergraduate students to assist in research projects in the 2014 summer term (May through August) under the direction and supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Physics & Computer Science who holds an NSERC (National Science and Engineering Research Council) research grant (e.g., Discovery, CREATE, Strategic, Research Partnerships).


  • must be a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident of Canada
  • registered (at the time you apply) as a full-time student in an honours program in Computer Science, Computer Electronics, Photonics, or Physics. Students currently in 4th year, who will be graduating, are eligible but students cannot have started a graduate program before September 2014.
  • have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least a grade of "B".

Students can expect to earn $5,625 ($4,500 + $1,125) or more during the tenure of the award.

The department has up to 2 awards available. Please note Aboriginal students are strongly encouraged to apply and are not included in the quota however they must meet the eligibility requirements to hold an award.

To apply:

If you would like to apply, you may access the application forms at the NSERC web site (forms can also be filled out electronically and downloaded):

You must fill out all of Form 202 Part I and, at this stage, students can upload unofficial transcripts to their Form 202, Part I application.

Applications should be submitted to Dr. Hongbing Fan, Chair of the Department of Physics & Computer Science Awards Committee, no later than February 14.


The Physics & Computer Science faculty who were interested in supervising NSERC USRA students in 2014 are listed below.  Please contact the faculty member directly to learn more about their research and to arrange for a possible supervisor.

Dr. Shohini Ghose -- quantum chaos, quantum optics, open quantum systems, quantum measurement theory, quantum-classical transition entanglement as a resource for quantum information processing, continuous variable quantum information processing

Dr. Angèle Hamel -- anonymization and identity, algorithms, algebraic combinatorics

Dr. Chính Hoàng -- graph theory and graph algorithms, efficient graph algorithms. The structure of perfect graphs and their use to design efficient algorithms

Dr. Paul Jessop --  fiber optic sensors, design and experimental performance evaluation of silicon-based
photonic integrated circuits that are fabricated through CMC Microsystems and IMEC

Dr. Ilias Kotsireas -- computational algebra, symbolic computation, CAGD (Computer Aided Geometric Design), combinatorial designs

Dr. Marek Wartak -- computational photonics, simulations of semiconductor lasers, active metamaterials, electromagnetically induced transparency in metamaterials

Dr. Eugene Zima -- computer algebra, symbolic-numeric interface, program optimization, parallel computations, programming technology

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