Undergraduate Awards

KSR Undergraduate Student Research Award – Summer Term

To encourage field work opportunities among excellent U of T undergraduates, KSR is sponsors two (2) undergraduate student research awards per summer term. Unlike summer NSERC USRAs, the award is open to ALL U of T undergraduates, regardless of citizenship or residency status. KSR will cover a summer stipend for excellent undergraduates pursuing field research in any area of research, provided that they have identified a research supervisor who uses KSR. The purpose of this award is to sponsor independent research experience for undergraduate students, not paid field technicians or assistants.

Award value to students: $6,000 (housing provided on site)

Number of Awards: 2 awards available per summer term

Duration: 16 weeks, or mid‐May until mid‐August

Eligibility & Minimum GPA:

  • Course requirements, credits, enrollment status, etc, follow the NSERC USRA guidelines
  • All U of T students are eligible, regardless of Citizenship or Residency Status
  • International students must hold valid work/study permits and Canadian Social Insurance Numbers for the duration of the award
  • Minimum GPA: Students must have a minimum GPA of B+ or higher (> 77) to apply, or must indicate in a paragraph extreme circumstances that prevent their transcript from reflecting their true academic merit (e.g., changing majors, learning English or working full time while in school).
  • Students may not hold the KSR USRA simultaneously with any other award. If you are also applying for a summer NSERC, UTEA Award, or CGCS award, please inform us. KSR will work with undergraduate administrators in your faculty member’s home department to coordinate on this front.

The Fine Print for Faculty Advisors & Students: Students are responsible for their own food and living expenses. We require that the student be in residence at KSR for the summer, and that a graduate student, post‐doc, or technician who is capable of supervising the award winner be present on site at the start of the project, until the student is self‐sufficient. Our goal is not to have talented undergraduates abandoned at the front gate. Faculty advisors are responsible for research user fees, equipment, consumables, housing, and vehicle usage costs for the student. KSR will provide an estimate of these costs to advisors prior to awards being made and students being contacted.

For application instructions and deadlines please visit the EEB website

Award Recipients


Vicki Zhang (supervisors Prof Locke Rowe and Dr. David Punzalan)


Sarah Hall (supervisor Prof Art Weis)

Zachary Moore (supervisor Prof Ben Gilbert)


Isabel Borges (supervisor Prof Ben Gilbert)

Ilia Ferzoco (supervisor Prof Shannon McCauley)

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