The Cheriton School of Computer Science offers enrichment opportunities to exceptional students through the Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) program to earn at least $15,000 a term for full-time research with a faculty member.
Students 3A to 4B are eligible to apply, exceptional students from earlier terms will also be considered. A cumulative average (CAV) of at least 80% is required. Preference is given to students enrolled in Computer Science major plans. A student can only do one URF/Co-op per term, and must be on a Co-op term or otherwise not taking courses.
Note: International Students need a SIN# to work in Canada
For Spring 2020 fellowships the application deadline is January 21, 2020 (11:59 PM). Future deadlines will be posted later.
Students will receive a minimum of $15,000/term for their co-op placement
Example: Student X is awarded a research fellowship for a term, the school will provide $7,500 toward their salary. If they receive an NSERC USRA for $4,500, then the supervisor would need to contribute at least $3,000. If the student does not get NSERC USRA, the supervisor would need to contribute at least $7,500.
You can connect with an advisor in multiple ways. You can approach a faculty member and inquiry about their current research project, or you can review the following list of advisors and their areas of interest https://urf.cs.uwaterloo.ca
Yes. We will only accept students who are endorsed by a faculty member.
No. Preference will be given to those endorsed by a CS faculty member.
We want to hear what you are passionate about and why you want to pursue a work term in research.
This term we will be aligning our recruitment timelines with Waterloo Works and intend on notifying successful candidates before rankings are released.
No! We accept both candidates with and without prior research experience. Just tell us why you have a keen interest in research on your personal statement.
No. We encourage students to select one pathway when applying.
Yes, you can still apply as long as a CS faculty member endorses you.
Yes, as long as you have a work permit, you can apply.
|Omid Abari||Internet of Things, Intelligent Connectivity|
|Samer Al-Kiswany||Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing, Storage Systems, Big Data Systems|
|Christopher Batty||Scientific Computing, Graphics, Physics Simulations|
|Raouf Boutaba||Internet of Drones, Algorithms, Wireless Networks|
|John Brzozowski||Formal Languages and Automata|
|Tim Brecht||Performance, Distributed Systems, Streaming Video, Wireless Networks, Internet of Things|
|Khuzaima Daudjee||Cloud and Big Data Systems|
|Nancy Day||Formal Methods, Logic, Software Engineering, Software Modelling, State Diagrams, Requirements, Specifications|
|Ian Goldberg||Privacy Enhancing Technologies|
|Xi He||Privacy and Security for Big Data Management and Analysis|
|Urs Hengartner||Security and Privacy for Smartphones and Mobile Applications|
|Jesse Hoey||Affective Computing, Health Informatics, Artificial Intelligence|
|Ihab Ilyas||Machine Learning for Big Data Curation, Data Science, Large Scale Data Management|
|Craig Kaplan||Procedural Modelling, 2D Computer Graphics, Ornamental Design, Tiling Theory and Geometry|
|Martin Karsten||Operating Systems, Systems Software, Networking|
|Florian Kerschbaum||Search over Encrypted Data|
|Edward Lank||HCI, Gestural Interaction, Intelligent Interfaces, Public Display Interfaces, Design of Technology|
|Ondrej Lhotak||Programming Languages, Compilers, Scala, Type Systems, Program Analysis|
|Jimmy Lin||Big Data, Information Retrieval, Databases|
|Stephen Mann||Graphics, Curves and Surfaces|
|Ali Mashtizadeh||Operating Systems, Distributed Systems, Storage, Architecture, and Compilers|
|Mei Nagappan||Software Engineering: Mining Software Repositories, Mobile App Market Analytics, Software Bots|
|Naomi Nishimura||Graphics Algorithms, Fixed-Parameter Tractability, Combinatorial Reconfiguration|
|Jeff Orchard||Computational Neuroscience, Neural Networks|
|Pascal Poupart||Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Health Informatics|
|Semih Salihoglu||Problems in Large-Scale Data Processing with a Focus on Graph Data|
|Ken Salem||Databases, Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing|
|Jeffrey Shallit||Automata Theory, Formal Languages, Complexity, Number Theory, Algorithms, Algebra|
|Peter Van Beek||Machine Learning, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Photography|
|Dan Vogel||HCI, Applied Computer Vision for Real-time Interaction, Mid-air Gestures, Touch Input, Novel Interaction Techniques|
|Justin Wan||Scientific Computing, Computational Finance, Medical Imaging, Physics-based Simulation|
|Grant Weddell||Database Technology for Precompiled Real-time Applications|