Notice – Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars Program (IUSRS) 2020 has been updated. Please visit IUSRS 2020 Virtual Assistant-ships for details.

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Updated: April 20th, 2020

The 2020 IUSRS program will now run from June 1st to July 24th, 2020.

Indigenous undergraduate students from universities across Canada are invited to apply for the eight-week undergraduate research program at McMaster University, known as the Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars (IUSRS) program.

Do you have an interest in academic research? Would you like to find out more about going to graduate school? Already thinking of a master’s degree after your undergrad? If you belong to an Indigenous community (including urban-based), consider joining the Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars Program!

The IUSRS – entering its sixth year – brings together a cohort of Indigenous undergraduate students with an interest in hands-on academic research, and matches each student with a faculty professor at McMaster University. Over the course of eight weeks, students will either work on an independent research project or contribute to one already under way, working as part of a research team.  Additionally, students will participate in community-based, Indigenous-focused events and activities as well as grad-school prep workshops.

IUSRS scholars receive a $5,000 research scholarship intended to support the student financially while they complete their research during the program. There is no cost to participate.  

Indigenous students currently registered in the third or fourth year of an undergraduate program at any Canadian University are eligible to apply. Indigenous scholars who have recently obtained an undergraduate degree and are considering graduate school are also eligible to apply.

Each year, students have been placed with faculty members from all faculties in the university. This year, the program will feature a Health Research stream.  A cohort of up to 4 students is expected to participate in a project entitled: Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research, while up to 4 other students are expected to be placed with supervisors in the Faculties of Science and/or Health Sciences.  Students with interests other than health research are also encouraged to apply.

Suitability for acceptance into the program also depends on the availability of a faculty supervisor to match with the student’s interests.

 The 2020 IUSRS program is pleased to acknowledge the support of:  the Office of the Vice President, Research; Health Sciences Graduate Studies; the Faculty of Science; Faculty of Social Science; and the FEAST Centre for STBBI Research.

Acceptance to the program is competitive.

The deadline to apply: May 5th by 5 p.m.

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