Supporting NSERC USRA / WorkLearn International Students

NSERC USRA:

Subject: Potential Impact of COVID-19 on UBC Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Hello Faculty/School/Department Coordinators,

In the event that UBC extends the curtailment of research activities beyond the initial April 15th deadline, we are looking into potential options to support faculty supervisors and students involved in undergraduate research opportunities for the upcoming summer 2020 term.

At this time, NSERC has confirmed the following for the USRA:

  • If the student and supervisor would like to pursue a remote research project (full-time), NSERC will support this for the summer 2020 term.
  • If the research project is not conducive to remote work, a shortened work term (less than 16 consecutive weeks full-time) is permitted should the curtailment of research activities be lifted in the summer.
    • Regardless of the shortened work term, NSERC will honour the full value of the award ($4500).
  • Part-time work through the NSERC USRA is currently not permitted by NSERC. UBC and other institutions are advocating NSERC to consider modifying this restriction.
  • Students and supervisors who receive an award for the 2020 – 2021 competition cycle may choose to defer their award to the Winter 2020 session (Term 1 in September 2020; Term 2 in January 2021) (provided all eligibility requirements are met at that time). Awards received from this year’s competition cycle cannot be transferred from one fiscal year to another.

We are planning to email all NSERC USRA faculty supervisors with a short survey to gauge whether or not their research projects are conducive to remote work, and if that work can be conducted on a full-time basis. We will use this information to inform our approach to summer undergraduate research appointments, and to advocate to NSERC for greater flexibility in accommodating the complex circumstances faculty and students are facing.

If you have already collected this information within your faculty or school, please let me know – it would help to inform our planning and avoid duplication of effort. If you haven’t collected this information – no need to do so at this time. We will, of course, share the information received from our survey with you once it has been collected.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Sandra

Sandra Wan  BSc CAPM (She, Her, Hers)
Program Coordinator, Workplace Learning
Centre for Student Involvement and Careers | The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory


WorkLearn International:

Subject: Potential Impact of COVID-19 on UBC Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Hello Faculty/School/Department Coordinators,

In the event that UBC extends the curtailment of research activities beyond the initial April 15th deadline, we are looking into potential options to support faculty supervisors and students involved in undergraduate research opportunities for the upcoming summer 2020 term.

We are planning to email all WLIURA faculty supervisors with a short survey to gauge whether or not their research projects are conducive to remote work, and if that work can be conducted on a full-time basis. We will use this information to inform our approach to summer undergraduate research appointments, in consideration of the complex circumstances faculty and students are facing.

If you have already collected this information within your faculty or school, please let me know – it would help to inform our planning and avoid duplication of effort. If you haven’t collected this information – no need to do so at this time. We will, of course, share the information received from our survey with you once it has been collected.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Sandra

Sandra Wan  BSc CAPM (She, Her, Hers)
Program Coordinator, Workplace Learning
Centre for Student Involvement and Careers | The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory

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