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Undergraduate Summer Research programs continue amid COVID-19 April 6, 2020

McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering announced that Undergraduate Summer Research programs will proceed remotely while following social distancing guidelines during COVID-19.

There will be 62 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Awards of $4,500 each, plus $3,340 provided by the faculty supervisor over 16 weeks or $1,500 over 12 weeks.

There will also be nearly 35 awards of $6,000 provided by the Faculty of Engineering plus $800 provided by the faculty supervisor through the Dean’s Excellence Engineering Research Experience Awards Program.

“We are pleased that summer research opportunities are still available to our students during this challenging time,” said Ishwar K. Puri, Dean, Faculty of Engineering.

“In partnership with NSERC, our Faculty is committed to training the next generation of researchers and we will do our best to support our students in executing valuable research work.”

Under the mentorship of a faculty supervisor, summer students will undertake research work remotely, which will include simulations, analytical work, mathematical modeling, literature reviews and development of hypotheses. Supervision will take place through video chats, teleconferences or email.

“We want to ensure our students continue to have an engaging summer research experience despite the obstacles we face with social distancing,” said John Preston, Associate Dean, Research, Innovation and External Relations. “I am confident our students will seize this opportunity and demonstrate their potential.”

John Preston will be hosting a Virtual Cafe through YouTube Live, covering questions on these research program changes, other research topics and COVID-19 initiatives on Monday, April 6 at 1:30.