Scholarships and Awards
McMaster University Scholarships and Awards
McMaster University is proud to offer a variety of opportunities for scholarships and awards, bursaries and work study programs for our students. To find out more about these exciting opportunities, visit McMaster's Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarships site.
Want to know how to apply for university awards? Visit the Scholarship and Bursaries website for information on how to apply on the AwardSpring portal. Applications open January 1, 2022.
General student inquiries can be directed to one of the Student Service Professionals via online chat.
Applying to medical/law/professional school? If your application asks you for a verifier for awards you’ve won during your time as an undergrad at McMaster, please visit the registrar’s website for more details. Please note that some awards, such as standings on your student record (dean's honour list etc.) require verification from your faculty.
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Scholarships and Awards
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)
All interested and enthusiastic undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to the McMaster Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology for an NSERC USRA. These prestigious awards enable undergraduate students to spend the summer months (16 weeks) working with a research group in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. They provide students with invaluable research experience and unique learning opportunities in world class laboratories.
Students from McMaster or other universities are eligible, with preference given to students in Level II or Level III. If you are interested in working in a research laboratory and you have a 10.0 Grade Point Average (or above), we invite you to apply.
Students are encouraged to discuss their application and research projects with a potential supervisor before submission to the Department. Be aware that supervisors are allowed to support a maximum of two students for summer awards. For more information please contact Linda Spruce in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology Office, ABB 156 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSERC USRA Application Deadline is 4:30pm on Friday, February 18, 2022
Awarded students will receive the following total wages over 16 weeks (35 hrs/wk):
$6,000 NSERC award + researcher contribution:
- $8400 – students completing level II
- $8500 – students completing level III
- $8600 – students completing level IV
Note: Applicants must be Canadian citizens and must be currently registered in a bachelor's degree program.
To apply for an NSERC USRA award:Submit the on-line application form
Awarded Students will be notified and asked to complete NSERC Form 202 part 1. They may also be asked to provide an official transcript.
Notes for completing Form 202 Part I
- All NSERC forms must be completed on-line.
- Follow the instructions for completing the application here.
- Degree = Bachelor's
- Name of Discipline = name of your program (i.e. Honours Chemical Biology)
- Department = Chemistry and Chemical Biology
- Your official transcript must include one copy of the back page which details your university's grading scheme. This will only be required if your application leads to an award.
Award decisions will be announced by late March. Applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Undergraduate Studies Committee. Students not awarded a USRA will automatically be considered for an ACAEA. All applicants will be contacted by email with their results for the competition.