I have searched for this topic and have come across many threads involving similar questions to mine, although everyone's situation seemed a bit different. So I'm making yet another thread
In my case, I will have 2 NSERC USRA awards to include on my ABS for the upcoming application cycle. I have presented posters based on the research conducted during the NSERC placements.
I don't want to seem like I am padding, but could I do the following?
-(x2) Employment entries - talk about the actual research, skills acquired, etc. Separate entries because it was a different experience for each NSERC USRA (I mean, it's about 1280 hours of research, 150 characters for just one entry seems a bit too short lol)
-(x1) Awards entry - discuss the competition involved to get the award; only one entry for this with the date including both years that the awards were obtained (since competition at my school remained essentially the same in both cases).
-(x2) Research entries - individual entries for each poster/conference presentations. They were completely different projects and at different conferences. Basically the description here would be that I presented my research to judges, etc.
Please note: this past application cycle I only included the NSERC under the awards (competition involved) and research (poster presentation) sections. Looking back, I feel like I did a disservice to myself because my application did not have any description of the actual research, skills, CANMEDs, etc.
Would it seem like padding if I did the above? Or do you think my justifications for each entry are valid to warrant them as separate?