Faculty of Science to offer dozen Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards for summer 2020

Ellahe Fatehi recipient of 2019 DURA award
Ellahe Fatehi recipient of 2019 DURA award

Science students interested in gaining hands-on, paid research experience during summer 2020 are invited to apply the Faculty of Science Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA) program and the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program.

Ellahe Fatehi recipient of 2019 DURA award

The Faculty of Science will be offering 12 DURAs, which are complementary and run parallel to the NSERC USRA program.

“By continuing the DURA program, we are making it possible for more of our top undergraduate students, including international students, to contribute to research in the Faculty of Science and to learn more about what frontline research really involves,” said Jennifer Steeves, associate dean of research and graduate education in the Faculty of Science.

The value, structure and eligibility requirements of the DURAs are similar to those of the NSERC USRA program; however, only undergraduates in York’s Faculty of Science are eligible for the DURAs, and international undergraduates are also eligible to apply to the DURA program.

DURAs and USRAs are held over 16 consecutive weeks through the summer, and all award recipients in the Faculty of Science will have an opportunity to participate in the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by the Faculty at the end of the summer. See highlights from last year’s conference.

“The conference is an amazing opportunity for students to present their summer research projects, practice science communications, and meet and learn from other students,” said Steeves.

Applications are due Friday, Feb. 21. Application instructions can be viewed here.