Undergraduate Student Research Internships
“I want to thank you so much for this opportunity and creating a program that allows students like me to explore research. As a student that is aspiring to go into graduate studies, this opportunity helped build my understanding, confidence, and relationships in my educational career.”
“I had a great experience with my supervisor and everyone in the lab. I am now completing my honours thesis with the same supervisor, and I think the USRI is a great first step to prepare students for their thesis as it can familiarize them with their supervisors research and with their lab prior to completing the thesis.”
"I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of such an amazing internship that fosters both the curiosity and innovation of students.”
“I cannot understate the value I see in this program, particularly for those of us that don't have graduate students in our programs. [The student] made valuable contributions to pushing my research forward this summer, represented Western well in collaboration with other institutions, and is now doing a thesis with me this year."
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. 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.
The 2021 program launches the first week of April.
Funding and Term
Each USRI is valued at a minimum of $7,500 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.
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.
Professional Development Opportunities
With thanks to partners in Student Experience and Western Libraries, this year’s program has been enhanced with a slate of professional development opportunities, including sessions related to:
- Scholarly writing
- Conducting literature searches and reviews
- Citation management
- Using NVivo
- Publishing best practices
- Knowledge exchange
- Equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonialization (EDID)
The USRI program is administered at the faculty/school level. For program-specific questions, please contact Natalie Wu, Director, Research Services.