Process Overview


The Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award (LURA) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada - Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC USRA) programs are a great opportunity for students to enhance undergraduate experience through summer research experience at the Lassonde School of Engineering.

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The award can be held for 16 mandatory weeks, from late April to August. During this time undergraduate students will work full-time under a Lassonde professor to complete a pre-defined research project. The award is open to all undergraduate levels and does not depend on the financial needs of the student. Students outside of Lassonde and outside of York are eligible to apply.

The value of the award is $8,000 for a full-term, 16-week research project.

The two award competitions, USRA and LURA, are run together: simply indicate which award you are applying for on the online application form. You can apply for both if you wish.

Information sessions:

  • January 23, 2 PM - 3 PM, hosted by Faculty of Science (will mainly focus on USRA), LSB 105
  • January 24, 9 AM - 10:30 AM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211
  • January 25, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211
  • February 7, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211
  • February 8, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211

NEW! Help sessions:

  • February 12, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, BRG 213
  • February 14, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, BRG 213
  • February 16, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, BRG 213

Funding details:

NSERC USRA is funded by NSERC + hosting professor + Lassonde

LURA is funded by the hosting professor + Lassonde.


·         LURA:

  • The LURA Program is open to full-time undergraduate students who meet the requirements for the project (as determined by the supervisor).
  • Lassonde students as well as undergraduate students outside of Lassonde and York University can apply.
  • International Students are eligible to apply.
  • If you are an international student (and not enrolled at York), you may need to pay registration fees of $600.

·         USRA:

  • The USRA Program is open to full-time undergraduate students who meet the requirements for the project, (as determined by the supervisor).
  • Applicants must have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study of your degree
  • For USRA, applicants must be either a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident.

Students of Aboriginal origin are encouraged to apply: NSERC USRAs awarded to students of Aboriginal origin will not count towards the university’s quota.

Female students are encouraged to apply.


Matching Process:

1.      Students contact the professor of their interest. The professor will chose which student he/she will endorse for each application. There are two ways of finding professors:

  • Some Lassonde professors submit project description to the Dean’s Office. The project descriptions are posted on
  • Please note NOT ALL available projects are posted online; you are encouraged to also contact professors whose work you find interesting to find out if they are looking for summer students:





2.      Once the professor has chosen a student(s) that fit the particular project, a complete application has to be submitted online via Fluidreview. When applying, the student needs to select “LURA USRA Competition 2018 – XXX”, where XXX is the department where the professor/projects are hosted.

  • Deadline to apply is February 27.
  • Each student can apply to ONE position.
  • Read more about the application process below.

3.      If you want to consider this opportunity as a CO-OP placement please contact the Lassonde CO-OP ASAP to find out further details. There are additional requirements for student and hosting professor to fulfill if the award is to be considered as co-op.

4.      Applications will be adjudicated by a selection committee.

5.      Successful students will be contacted by their host professor and by the Lassonde research support team before April 1.

6.      If you are successful and receive an award, you will be required to participate in the Annual Undergraduate Summer Student Research Conference in August 2018.

7.      Note that recipients must devote their full time to research and are not permitted to take any additional summer employment. Recipients may be permitted to register for one degree-credit course during the tenure of the award. Applicants are encouraged to discuss this with the potential supervisor.


Evaluation Process:

Successful applications will be selected in accordance with the Lassonde’s rules for the NSERC USRA program where the GPA, Research Potential and Communication skills are taken into account. High academic standing based on the grades from previous years of study and the level of experience and training relevant to the specific project will be taken into consideration as follows:

  • 60% GPA
  • 30% Research Potential
  • 10% Communication

Research Potential will be evaluated based on the statement of research interest, research experience (described in the CV and statement of research interest), and anticipated contributions to the research project.

Communication will be evaluated based on the clarity and presentation of the complete application.



Once a professor has agreed to support your application, submit your application to the department that your professor is affiliated with using the Fluid Review website:

Please make sure you apply to the right department. The choices are:

LURA USRA Competition 2018 – Mechanical Eng.

LURA USRA Competition 2018 – Civil Eng.

LURA USRA Competition 2018 – Electrical Eng. and Computer Science

LURA USRA Competition 2018 – Earth and Space Science & Eng.


The deadline for submitting your application is February 27.

The decision process can take up to a month so please be patient and check the website for updates. Decisions will be communicated before April 1st.


Application Components (both USRA and LURA):

  • 1-page research interest statement
  • Student’s CV (two page maximum); include your student number
  • Non-York students need to submit Official Transcripts together with the application. The Official transcript needs to come from your institution’s Registrar’s Office, in a sealed envelope, and be mailed directly to your professor.
  • Application form 202 Part I (NSERC USRA online*) completed by the student
  • Application form 202 Part II (NSERC USRA online*) completed by the professor

*Form 202 part I instructions:

Create an account to find the form:

  • International students: The NSERC portal does not permit international students to create an application. To work around this, please state you are Canadian – this is only for an internal Lassonde process and your form will not be submitted to NSERC. Please indicate your actual status in the Fluidreview online forms.
  • DO NOT submit the form to NSERC; we are only using their forms for internal selection and will not be submitting the application through the online portal until later in the process (and only the cases of USRA). Once you have completed the application, click preview, then save and print it as a PDF file.
  • You do not need to upload your transcripts until you are told to do so at a later date.

*Form 202 part II instructions:

  • Once the professor agrees to support your application, he/she will fill out this form and send to you (you need to provide the professor with your NSERC Student Reference Number, which you will receive once you create your account with NSERC).
  • Include the form in your application.


Contact Lassonde:

Christina Corre

(416)736-2100 x 44108 (Voicemail)