Undergraduate Student Research Internships

Three students working in an electrical engineering lab. The Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internships (USRI) program provides undergraduate students with engaged research experiences and opportunities to learn new research methods and techniques alongside faculty mentors. It also helps develop skills in preparation for future careers.

USRI students and supervisors will receive access to a wide range of professional development sessions to support their research work, career development, and gain exposure to new approaches to research dissemination, etc. At the end of the summer, students and faculty are expected to share their research with the broader campus community during a virtual exhibition event.

What's New For 2022?

  • Funding has increased to a minimum of $8,400.
  • Creating a student steering committee to co-develop program offerings and the end-of-summer virtual event for the USRI cohort.
  • Offering opportunities to increase peer-to-peer student connection sessions throughout the summer to facilitate engagement and group learning.
  • Supervisor and student orientation session in May.
  • Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards.

Funding and Term

Each USRI is valued at a minimum of $8,400 for a full-time commitment over a 16-week period. More than 300 internships have been provided across all faculties and schools based on proportional undergraduate enrolment.

Eligibility

Each faculty and school manages its own cohort of USRIs according to their own criteria.

Western Research strongly encourages faculties to consider the diversity of their awardees and to provide opportunities for students from under-represented groups, including Black, Indigenous, students of colour, students with disabilities, students who self-identify as LGBTQ2S+ and women, as part of the ongoing commitment Western has made for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and Indigenization.

Contact

The USRI program is administered at the faculty/school level. For program-specific questions, please contact Shelley Bellyou, Internal Grants Officer.