Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Research Opportunities

Are you interested in what research in mathematics or statistics entails?  Eager to tackle unsolved problems under the guidance of a professor, by yourself, or as a member of a team?  We offer a variety of settings in which you can do just that.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRA) provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and gain valuable experience working in an academic environment.  Students work on wide variety of projects, ranging from pure to applied mathematics to statistics and mathematical finance.

An NSERC USRA provides students with a stipend for a 16-week period, typically during the summer months (May-August).

The NSERC USRAs are competitive.  The award competition usually is announced in January (students registered in one of our degree programs will receive a notice via the departmental student mailing lists; other students should contact us), with applications due in February and results announced in March.

Undergraduate Research Initiative

The University of Alberta's Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) supports the involvement of undergraduate students in research activities. 

It maintains an Undergraduate Research Portal that helps connect undergraduate students with research opportunities across campus, and it provides funding to students through the Undergraduate Researcher Stipend (there are two application cycles per year; deadlines are the first Monday in March and the last Monday in October). 

The URI also hosts workshops on how to get involved in undergraduate research, helps organize conferences to showcase undergraduate research, and much more.

MATH 499 and STAT 499

These Research Project courses provide students in one of our Specialization or Honors programs an opportunity to pursue research under the direction of faculty member in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.  Students are expected to spend, on average, 6 hours per week on independent research in consultation with their research supervisor.  The additional weekly seminar allows students to hone their technical communication skills.  Course requirements include the presentation of a public oral presentation and a written final report.

Students interested in taking this course should contact the course coordinator (see Bear Tracks) two months in advance of the beginning of term to ensure that a suitable project supervisor can be found.

Additional Opportunities

Professors are able to employ undergraduate students in research assistant positions on occasion. Students are encouraged to speak directly with professors whose research area is of interest.