Research Assistants

Are you interested in working in a research lab?

HMKN 499 Projects in Human Kinetics

This course provides opportunities for students to perform research pertaining to a chosen area of Human Kinetics as agreed upon by the faculty member and the student.  Students must contact an appropriate HES faculty member to discuss their proposal, faculty expectations, completion date and evaluation. Pre-requisite is 3rd-year standing and permission of the Undergraduate Coordinator. See the HMKN 499 Contract for full details.

Work Study

Many of the HES labs advertise for Work Study positions on Career Connect.  Search for available positions according to the following important dates:
August 1st Work Study jobs for the Sept-April period start accepting applications via Career Connect.
September 1st First day students are eligible to start work under the Work Study program
April 30th Last day students are eligible to work under the Work Study program
August/September Career Services offers workshops to help you with resumé writing and interview skills.
September 15th Hiring deadline for most Work Study positions
It is also helpful to inquire directly with faculty members about possible Work Study positions or to inform them that you have applied.

NSERC Undergraduate Research Grant

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) provides Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) which are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university. NOTE: You must work under the supervision of a faculty member who holds an active NSERC research grant, either at the time you submit the application or when you hold the award.  HES faculty with current NSERC funding are: Dr. Phil Ainslie, Dr. Gord Binsted, Dr. Neil Eves, Dr. Glen Foster, Dr. Jenn Jakobi, Dr. Jonathan Little, Dr. Ali McManus, Dr. Chris McNeil and Dr. Paul van Donkelaar.

CIHR Undergraduate Research Awards

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) provides funding opportunities for four themes of health research:
  • Biomedical
  • Clinical
  • Health systems services
  • Social, cultural, environmental and population health
A variety of Undergraduate Student Research Awards become available online.  Check for opportunities.


If you are not eligible for any of the above programs, you are still encouraged to contact faculty members to inquire about volunteer opportunities in their respective labs.