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NL SUPPORT Undergraduate Training in Research Awards (NUTRA)

NL SUPPORT offers opportunities for Patient-Oriented Researchers and undergraduate residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to work together to create a new way of doing research together. The NL SUPPORT Undergraduate Training in Research Awards (NUTRA) program is designed to match ongoing research programs with interested early-career researchers, and provide stipend funding of $5,000 for up to 16 weeks.

NUTRA works in two phases:

Faculty Supervisor Identification Phase (Deadline: March 11, 2022)

Supervisor Identification Form
Below is the procedure for identifying undergraduate students for the NUTRA program: 
  • Faculty interested in having an undergraduate student participate in a research project will need to submit a Supervisor Identification Form.
  • Please note this is a preliminary step to identify supervisors and allocate funds for this program. Due to a possible funding constraint, we will be accepting applications from all faculty members seeking students, but preference will be given to full-time faculty if funds will not cover all research projects. 
  • This program is open to any post-secondary student resident in Newfoundland and Labrador enrolled at Memorial University but not enrolled in a graduate program. Students will be permitted to submit one application with one faculty member.
  • Students and supervisors will work together to prepare a NUTRA application form in Step 2.  

The Supervisor Identification Form is available here.

Student Application Phase (March 25-April 22, 2022)

A list of potential supervisors and their research projects will be made available below, once the Supervisor Identification Phase is complete. It is the responsibility of the student to connect with a supervisor, and together prepare and submit a NUTRA application to NL SUPPORT. Each student will be permitted to submit only one application

  • The supervisor and the student must both be clearly identified on the application, including current email addresses. It is the responsibility of the student to contact potential supervisors directly.
  • In addition to the title and description of the project, which should include how the research is patient-oriented, there must be a clear indication of the student’s role.
  • It is the responsibility of the supervisor to ensure Ethics Approval (HREA or IACC as appropriate) is in place by the start date of the research project.
  • Supervisors interested in more than one student must indicate their order of preference. Please note that students are only permitted to submit one application.
  • Student requirements:
    • Minimum 2nd class standing (average grade of B or above) in their last 20 courses at the time of accepting the award.
    • A summary of research experience (e.g., degree program and year, prior research experience, skills, etc.)
    • An essay on your interest in the summer project, including why patient-oriented research interests you, and how it will benefit career plans.
  • Following completion of the project, students must submit a report to NL SUPPORT outlining the experience and knowledge gained in patient engagement and patient-oriented research.
  • Successful applicants are encouraged to reach out to NL SUPPORT patient engagement and knowledge translation leads for support and guidance throughout the duration of their project.
  • All students working in laboratories at Memorial University are required to complete the Safety 1000 course. Safety 1000 is offered online through D2L at the beginning of each semester for undergraduate and graduate students and provides appropriate training in WHMIS and Laboratory safety. If you completed the course in a previous semester or have evidence that comparable training has been undertaken elsewhere, you do not need to register again. For more information please visit: www.mun.ca/health_safety/training/
The Student Application Form is available here.

Please note: there are no supervisors available for this round of NUTRA funding as they all have students identified for their projects.

Successful applicants will be notified in the week week of May 2, 2022.

If you have any questions about the NUTRA programme, please contact Catherine Street at catherine.street@med.mun.ca.