Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award (LURA)

NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA)

The supervisor endorsement form can be downloaded here.

A PDF of the guidelines can be downloaded here.

The PowerPoint presentation from the information sessions can be downloaded here.

NEW: Drop-in help sessions

Drop-in help sessions for students:

February 6, 9.00 am - 10.00 am, BRG 211

February 7, 12.00 pm - 1:00 pm, BRG 213

February 11, 9.00 am – 10.00 am, BRG 313

February 12, 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm, BRG 211




16 weeks, full time, between May and August 2019


·         1-page research interest statement

·         Student’s CV (two page maximum)

·         Supervisor endorsement form

·         Non-York students: Official Transcripts


Full-time undergraduate students from any university in the world. Some restrictions apply (see limiting factors below).


Jan 18 – Jan 24 – information sessions (schedule below)

Feb 7 – last day for professors to confirm support for student(s)

Feb 14 – last day to submit application package to Lassonde

March 15 – award results will be announced


The Lassonde School of Engineering offers a paid summer program for undergraduate students to conduct research with a Lassonde researcher. The program is made possible through two awards: The Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award (LURA) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) USRA programs. The USRA program is funded by NSERC + Lassonde + supervisor; the LURA program is funded by Lassonde + supervisor.

All information in this document can also be found at


Holding the award

·         The award will be held for 16 mandatory weeks, from late April to August. During this time undergraduate students will work full-time with a Lassonde researcher to complete a pre-defined research project.

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

·         Students may not enroll in more than 3 course credits during the tenure of the award. Applicants are encouraged to discuss this with the potential supervisor.

·         Award recipients are required to participate in the Lassonde Undergraduate Student Research Conference on August 15.

Before applying

·         Before applying for the awards, the applicant is required to identify a supervisor (Lassonde professor), who is willing to support the applicant (more on this under Matching Process below).

One combined application

·         A combined competition is held for both USRA and LURA; students submit one application, and are considered for both awards, unless there are limiting factors*.

·         Top applicants will be awarded USRA, other strong applicants will be awarded LURA.

·         The number of available awards for 2019 are not yet available; last year Lassonde had 18 USRA and 25 LURA spots.

·         More on the application under (Application Process below).

*Limiting factors:

·         USRA is only open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada

·         LURA is open to all undergraduate students.

·         The hosting professor needs to hold NSERC funding in order to be eligible to host a USRA student.

·         Some professors choose to only support USRA students as the financial contribution from the professor is smaller for USRA than for LURA.

·         The application forms clarify which awards will be applicable for each applicant and professor.

Information sessions:

During each session, the program and application process will be presented and students will have opportunities to ask questions. No pre-registration is required.

·         January 18       9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   BRG 211

·         January 21       11:00 AM - 12:00 PM BRG 211

·         January 22       12:00 PM - 1:00 PM    BRG 125 - note the room change!

·         January 24       5:00 PM - 6:00 PM      BRG 213

The PowerPoint presentation from the information sessions can be downloaded here.


·         Both LURA and USRA positions qualify as Co-op positions. Applicants intending to consider the research award a Co-op term, need to contact the Co-op office ASAP for additional details.


The award is open to all undergraduate levels and does not depend on the financial needs of the student.

·         LURA:

o   LURA is open to full-time undergraduate students who meet the requirements for the project (as determined by the supervisor).

o   Lassonde students as well as undergraduate students outside of Lassonde and York University can apply.

o   International Students can apply.

o   International students (not enrolled at York) may need to pay registration fees of $600.

·         USRA:

o   USRA is open to full-time undergraduate students who meet the requirements for the project, (as determined by the supervisor).

o   Applicants must have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study of your degree.

o   Applicants must hold status of either Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada.

o   Additional requirements are listed on the NSERC USRA website.

Aboriginal students are encouraged to apply: NSERC USRAs awarded to Aboriginal students do not count towards the university’s quota.

Lassonde School of Engineering supports an inclusive research environment in support to strengthen the research community through equity, diversity and inclusion. We encourage and aim to increase participation of women in the program and strive to reach a balanced representation in the trainees’ population.

MATCHING PROCESS – deadline on February 7

·         Students contact the professor of their interest. Best practice is to send a brief introduction (1-2 paragraphs), CV, and transcripts.

·         The professor choses which student(s) he/she will endorse. In order to allow enough time to prepare the application packages, professors need to make decisions on which student(s) to support by February 7.

·         There are two ways of identifying a professor:

a.      Some Lassonde professors submit project description to the Dean’s Office. The project descriptions are posted on

b.      Please note that NOT ALL available projects are posted online; students are encouraged to also contact professors whose work they are interested in to find out whether they are looking for summer students:





APPLICATION PROCESS – deadline on February 14, 11.59 pm

·         Once the professor has chosen a student(s) who fit the particular project, a complete application has to be submitted online via Fluidreview (see Application Components below).

·         Each student can submit only ONE application at Lassonde.

 Application Components:

·         Online application form (on the Fluid Review website)

·         1-page research interest statement

·         Student’s resume (two page maximum)

·         Non-York students submit Official Transcripts together with the application. The Official transcript needs to be mailed directly from the student’s institution’s Registrar’s Office to the supporting professor.

·         Supervisor endorsement form, signed by the supervisor.

Application Submission:

·         Direct your application to the department the professor is affiliated with using the Fluid Review website:

o   Ensure that the correct department is selected. The choices are:

§  LURA USRA Competition 2019 – Mechanical Eng.

§  LURA USRA Competition 2019 – Civil Eng.

§  LURA USRA Competition 2019 – Electrical Eng. and Computer Science

§  LURA USRA Competition 2019 – Earth and Space Science & Eng.


Applications will be adjudicated by a selection committee, using the following criteria:

·         60% GPA (cumulative)

·         30% Research Potential (based on statement of research interest and previous research experience)

·         10% Communication (based on clarity and presentation of the complete application)


Christina Corre

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