Undergraduate summer research is a great way for science students working on their degree to make some money over the summer. Summer research positions are usually 16 week paid jobs that run from the start of May to the end of August. They give students the opportunity to do research firsthand and learn what science is really like outside the classroom.
If you're interested in working with Prof. Wiegert's research group, you can contact him at any time to set up a short meeting to talk about the kinds of research projects currently on the go. But there are some important dates to be aware of.
Summer students interested in working in the Planetary Dynamics group usually apply for this program. However usually only one or at most two summer research students can be taken on, so unfortunately not all the USRA applications for students who inquire about doing summer research can be sponsored.
If you are interested in summer research, you should contact Prof. Wiegert with a resume and a copy of your transcript (an unofficial one grabbed from the web is fine) at least 7 days before the USRA deadline for the current year. In 2020 the USRA deadline was January 10 2020.
Within a day or two of the application deadline, successful applicants will be contacted, and the USRA application form filled out (it is short). Once the application is in, then there's a wait for the USRA results, usually out in Feb-March. If the applicants are successful in getting an NSERC USRA, then they'll be hired as summer research assistants in the group.