University of Toronto Excellence Awards (UTEA)

2021 Application Period: March 5, 2021 – March 23, 2021. DEADLINE: March 23, 2021.

The fellowships are to be awarded to undergraduate students for work completed on research projects under the supervision of faculty members who hold an active NSERC research grant either as a principal investigator or the co-investigator.

There are a total of 4 (four) NSE (Natural Sciences and Engineering) Undergraduate Summer Research awards, with a value of $7,500 each, for tenure in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department for the summer of 2021. Engineering Science has their own awards – please contact the Division for information.

Award Duration14 full weeks in the summer term, between May 1 and August 31, 2021.

Award Value – $7,500 ($6,000 award plus a minimum top up from the Research Supervisor of $1,500)

Eligibility of students

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or foreign student with valid student visa for the full summer work term;
  • Registered (at the time of application) as a full-time student in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Toronto (and not holding higher degrees in NSE or SSH);
  • Must have obtained a cumulative average of “B+” or higher. For students in higher years, this average can be applied to the best two years of study;
  • May already hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and be studying towards a second bachelor’s degree in NSE or SSH;
  • Registered full-time throughout their program, except for the final session, during which they were only required to register part-time in order to complete their degree. The award must be held in the session immediately following their final session.

Please also note the following:

  • A student may only be nominated in one department under one supervisor, and may not apply to both UTEA-NSE and UTEA-SSH in the same year.
  • A student may not concurrently hold a UTEA and a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA).
  • Preference will normally be given to second and third year students.
  • A student may hold only one UTEA per fiscal year (i.e., April 1 to March 31).
  • A student may hold a maximum of 3 UTEAs throughout their university career, although priority will be given to applicants who will be first-time holders if selected.
  • Graduating students may hold an award in the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate program requirements, as long as they have not started a program of graduate studies.
  • Awardees are allowed to be enrolled in one summer course credit (up to 0.5 FCE in each “term” during the summer), but should ask their supervisors for permission first. If class times are during UTEA working hours, arrangements will need to be made in order to make up time for the UTEA project. If an awardee has signed up for a course but realizes that it has become unmanageable, they should then drop the course as the awardee’s obligation for the duration of the award is to their supervisor and the UTEA project.
  • We encourage Canadian/PR students working with ECE professors to apply for the USRA instead of the UTEA.

Eligibility of supervisors

  • Maximum of 2 UTEA applications per eligible supervisor.
  • A supervisor must hold an active NSERC or SSHRC research grant (either as the principal investigator or the co-investigator ) at the time their student holds the UTEA award (i.e. May 1 – August 31, 2021) or is actively seeking funding under the eligible NSERC or SSHRC programs as defined in this guideline document. In the latter case, an application must have been submitted to an eligible NSERC or SSHRC program by the supervisor at the time the student applies for a UTEA with the result of the NSERC or SSHRC application pending.
  • UofT Faculty holding only NSERC Research Tools and Instruments, Canada Research Chairs, Canada Excellence Research Chairs or Infrastructure Grants are not eligible.

For complete details, please see the 2021 University of Toronto Excellence Awards (UTEA) Program Guidelines.

Application documents

Please submit your applications by email to ugta.ece@utoronto.ca before the deadline in order to be considered for the award. The package must contain all 3 parts listed below in *one* document (in that order). Please label the PDF document using the following format: LastName, FirstName – UTEA. Incomplete/late applications will not be considered. If multiple applications are sent, only the most recent email will be taken into consideration.

1. Student Application Part 1 (doc) (Must be typed; handwritten applications will not be accepted.)

  • Name of discipline: this is the name of your program (e.g. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, etc.)
  • Institution: Students from UofT should indicate “University of Toronto
  • Department: if you are from ECE @ UofT, please indicate “Electrical & Computer Engineering, Edward S. Rogers Department of”.
  • For expected degree completion, please follow the YYYY/MM format. The month should either be June (06) or November (11).
  • For “how many academic years will you have completed towards your degree program?”, please indicate the year you will complete at the end of this term.
  • Please use your UofT email address.

2. Research Supervisor Part 2 (doc) (Must be typed; handwritten applications will not be accepted.) Note: You do not need to obtain the Head of the Department’s signature at this time. We will forward for signature.

3. Unofficial ACORN Grade Print Out (Applicant’s name must be visible on the ACORN print out – those without will not be accepted)

DEPARTMENT APPLICATION DEADLINE – TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2021 @ 11:59pm

Applicants who have been nominated will be notified after April 8th. 

Other important information for research supervisors

Confirmation of UTEA Awards and establishing accounts

In April 2021:

The Registrar’s Office will contact successful applicants’ PIs to prompt them to complete an application using the MY Research – Application (MRA) online system for each UTEA applicant. This replaces the paper RIS Application Attachment Form used in previous years. MRA may be accessed from the Vice President Research and Innovation RAISE project page, or Campus Business Connect. NB: In order to submit the application, a document must be attached to the MRA record, you may submit a copy of your proposal (Part II of the application attached). The MRA record cannot be saved unless a document is attached.

Research Services office will complete an administrative check of the UTEA award list and will establish a Research Fund for each eligible UTEA award under the Research Supervisor.

In May 2021:

Research Services office will issue a UTEA award letter to the Research Supervisor with a copy to the Department Chair and Dean.

Administrative Support Staff to process the PI top-up payment. It is the responsibility of Research Supervisor to communicate all award/payment/reporting details to the student, as these awards are not administered by the ECE Undergraduate Studies Office.

If you have questions about ECE’s UTEA, please contact ugta.ece@utoronto.ca or call 416-978-3145.

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