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Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate students interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply to this program.

Please refer to NSERC’s website for complementary information.

​​​USRA​​
Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC) 

​​Once you have selected the labs that interest you, it's time to contact the PI via the email address or weblink provided. Before you send, make sure you check out some tips on how to write your email and make yourself stand out here .

Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology (BMI)

Below is a list of researchers from the department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology (BMI).

Alexandre Blais, PHD


Our laboratory studies how gene expression is controlled in muscle and in muscle stem cells. An aspect of particular importance is the role played by transcription factors and how they interact with the epigenetic machinery. There are multiple project continuously ongoing in the lab, employing methods such as functional genomics, protein biochemistry, and molecular biology. More information about our research can be found on our website.
Requirements:
CV, transcript, statement of interest*
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*In your statement of interest, please explain why you want to join the lab, and what is your motivation for joining our research team.

Daniel Figeys, PHD


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Proteomics, genomics, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, circadian cycle in aging and neurodegenerative diseases, cholesterol regulation.
Requirements:
CV, transcript, cGPA at least 8.0
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Mary-Ellen Harper, PHD


The overall aim of the research projects conducted in the Harper lab is to better understand the control of cellular energy transduction processes in health and disease.

In particular, Dr. Harper's laboratory investigates the metabolic significance and control of uncoupling proteins (UCPs). UCPs are a subfamily of the mitochondrial carrier protein family and are located in the mitochondrial inner membrane. They have been hypothesized to cause a mitochondrial proton leak, and thereby allow protons to return to the mitochondrial matrix, bypassing ATP synthase. Thus energy substrates are oxidized, and the energy is released (or "wasted") as heat, instead of being converted to ATP. The function of such seemingly wasteful processes is a major interest of the lab. The role of uncoupling proteins in protection from reactive oxygen species, and cell death, is an expanding research interest of the laboratory group, and has implications for an improved understanding of cell death and aging processes.

Dr. Harper's research group uses integrative approaches spanning from bioenergetic studies of isolated mitochondria, to transfected cell cultures, to transgenic mice, and to clinical investigations. Experimental techniques include: gene transfection, transgenics and knockouts, self-referencing microelectrode technologies, metabolic control analysis, oxygen and ion-selective electrodes, real-time PCR, Western blotting, and various forms of fluorescence microscopy.
Requirements:
CV,  transcript, Prior lab experience
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Sun Jim, PHD



Immunopathogenesis of tuberculosis
Requirements:
CV, Transcript, cGPC at least 8
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Céline Aguer, PHD


Research in the last decades clearly demonstrated that inter-organ communication is of great importance in the pathophysiology of many diseases. It is now recognized that skeletal muscles secrete cytokines named myokines that can impact on the function of distant tissues both positively and negatively.
The research conducted in Dr. Aguer's laboratory focusses on how factors secreted by skeletal muscles during contraction impact cardiometabolic health with a focus on chronic diseases linked to increased inflammation (insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, depression, etc.). The scope of her research is aimed at determining the impact of alteration in the muscle secretome, which may be induced by exercise, important chronic diseases linked to increased inflammation and environmental pollutants.
Requirements:
CV, Transcript, cGPC at least 8
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Cellular & Molecular Medicine (CMM)

Below is a list of researchers and cross-appointed members of the department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine (CMM).

Mads Kaern, PHD


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Get hands-on experience with synthetic biology and advanced genetic engineering as a member of the uOttawa DIYBio/Genetically Engineered Machines team. Together with 4-5 other undergraduates working in the lab and 10-15 other team members, you will design and build your own genetically modified organism and possibly compete against other teams in the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition. The following link is about the team taking a Gold Medal in 2015: http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/en/latest-news/50-rising-stars/2360-igem-uottawa-wins-a-gold-medal-at-2015-giant-jamboree
Requirements:
CV
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Woo Jae Kim, PHD


 

Neural circuits and behaviour.
Requirements:
CV
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Jean-Marc Renaud, PHD


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Regulation of membrane excitability during exercise, and fatigue in normal and diseased skeletal muscles.
Requirements:
CV, transcript, cGPA at least 7.0, some prior courses in physiology
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Jing Wang, PHD


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The discovery of adult neural stem cells residing in the mammalian brain holds great promise for treating devastating brain diseases like stroke. The main focus of the laboratory research is delineating molecular mechanisms that regulate proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells (including both embryonic and adult neural stem cells), with the ultimate goal of defining ways to recruit the stem cells that are resident in the brains of children and adults, and to thereby potentially promote neural repair. We use stroke as a brain disease model to study whether molecular pathways that regulate the recruitment of neural stem cells under pathological conditions could be modulated and utilized to promote brain repair and stroke recovery. A variety of molecular, cellular, and behavioral techniques are used in the laboratory to elucidate novel molecular pathways that regulate neural stem cell behaviors, including transgenic mouse models, neurosphere culture, in utero electroporation and in vivo viral-mediated gene delivery approach. The ongoing project in the lab is defining upstream mediators and downstream effectors of the aPKC-CBP pathway in the regulation of adult neural stem cell behaviors under both physiological and pathological conditions.
Requirements:
CV, transcript, prior lab experience
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 Biology

Below is a list of researchersfrom the departement of Biology.

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There are currently no researchers listed with SciLink activeling looking for students in this category. 

However, feel free to consult the list of professors within the departement. You may email these professors individually and seek a placement in their laboratories.

Departement: http://science.uottawa.ca/en/about-the-faculty/professors
Requirements:
N/A
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 Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences

Below is a list of researchers from the departement of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences.

R. Tom Baker, PHD


Research in the Bakergroup is focused on sustainability (base metal
tandem catalysis, green routes to fluorocarbons, conversion
of renewable feedstocks to chemicals and fuels). We introduce students to a wide variety of analytical techniques including those available within the CCRI, Canada's largest multidisciplinary cataysis centre.

​Position availabilty depends on that of grad student mentors.
Requirements:
CV, transcript
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Javier Giorgi, PHD


We study experimentally the processes occurring at the surface of catalysts. We aim to understand structure-reactivity relationships in oxide supported catalysts. Recent research focuses on the study of metals and oxides for catalytic and electrocatalytic applications such as in biomass conversion, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) or sensors.
Research projects can be tailored to focus on: i) nano- and meso- porous materials using traditional laboratory techniques such as mass spectrometry, diffraction and optical spectroscopies; or 2) model systems under ultra high vacuum conditions to study the processes at the molecular level using technique such as photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy.
Requirements:
CV, transcript
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Paul M. Mayer, PHD


The research in my lab concerns the mechanisms, kinetics and energetics of gaseous ions. We use a variety of mass spectrometry tools to explore the reactions of ions, from small atmospheric species, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarobons of interest in interstellar and astrochemistry, to polymers, peptides and proteins. We combine experiment and theory (ab initio, density functional theory and molecular dynamics) to create complete pictures of ion chemistry.
Requirements:
CV, transcript
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Stephen G. Newman, PHD


The Newman lab utilizes modern tools and technologies to solve long-standing problems in the fields of organic synthesis, organometallics, and green chemistry. Students will develop practical synthetic chemistry skills and utilize state-of-the-art analytical equipment.
Requirements:
CV, transcript
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 Earth & Environmental Sciences

Below is a list of researchers from the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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There are currently no researchers listed with SciLink activeling looking for students in this category. 

However, feel free to consult the list of professors within the departement. You may email these professors individually and seek a placement in their laboratories.

Departement: http://science.uottawa.ca/en/about-the-faculty/professors
Requirements:
N/A
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 Mathematics & Statistics

Below is a list of researchers from the department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Alistair Savage, PHD


I study pure mathematics, with a focus on algebra and representation theory.  My research investigates these fields using techniques from category theory, geometry/topology, and combinatorics.  Each year I accept several undergraduate research students.  See my webpage for a more detailed description of possible research areas, and contact me for details on particular projects. Strong past projects have led to published papers.

Website:  http://alistairsavage.ca

Email:  [email protected]
Requirements:
CV, transcript, cGPA at least 8.5 
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Aaron Smith, PHD

​I am an assistant professor in the department of mathematics and statistics at the University of Ottawa. I work primarily in applied probability, with a focus on Markov chain Monte Carlo and related methods from computational statistics or statistical physics. I also do some applied work, in data mining, machine learning, or probability-heavy subjects. I always enjoy talking about research and possible collaborations, so please get in touch if anything here sounds interesting!
Requirements:
CV, transcript
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Hadi Salmasian, PHD

​The focus of my research is on the following areas:
1) Lie algebras, Lie groups, and representation theory. 2) Supergeometry, and its relationship with category theory.
My mathematical research interests lie at the intersection of algebra, harmonic analysis, number theory, category theory, and mathematical physics.

I have several research projects suitable for undergraduate research. The information on some of these projects is available on my personal website.

Website:  http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/hsalmasi/

Email:  [email protected]
Requirements:
CV, transcript
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 Physics

Below is a list of researchers from the department of Physics.

Jean-Michel Ménard, PHD


Our research group uses ultrafast optical techniques such as time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy to improve the general understanding of quantum interactions in condensed matter. In other words, we rely on lasers and various other optical tools to study the physical origin of some of the most intriguing properties of materials such as superconductivity. Our labs are located in the Advanced Research Complex on the uOttawa campus and are among the most modern infrastructure for optics in Canada.
Requirements:
CV, transcript
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