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Undergraduate Science Research Opportunity Program (USRO)

USRO aspires to foster undergraduate students’ interest in research and lead them to engage in experiential learning under the supervision of a University of Ottawa Faculty of Science professor. It also aims to encourage them to pursue graduate studies and research careers.

The Undergraduate Science Research Opportunity (USRO) Program, is intended for full-time second, third, and fourth year uOttawa students from the Faculty of Science. It is meant to substitute the UROP program, which is suspended for this year.

Expectations and requirements

Research projects must be carried out part time over a 75-hour period and start upon acceptance into the program. Acceptance replies will be sent out no later than November 1st.. At the start of internship, the student and the project supervisor must know their respective responsibilities and agree to them in a collaboration agreement. As well, both must complete a learning objective form and submit it to the Faculty of Science Research Office when admission to the program is granted. At the end of the internship, the student and the project supervisor must also complete a learning outcome report and submit it to Faculty of Science Research Office within two weeks following the late March symposium.


Application submission

The three documents (unofficial transcript, project description and statement of interest) must be submitted in PDF format by email. Applications can be submitted immediately but no later than October 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET.  

Contact person

Marc Ekker

For any questions about the program, contact Dr. Marc Ekker, Vice-dean research and infrastructure, at [email protected].