Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Centre for Blood Research – School of Biomedical Engineering Summer Studentship Program

Are you an undergraduate or medical student looking for summer research experience? The Centre for Blood Research-School of Biomedical Engineering (CBR-SBME) Summer Studentship Program provides students with an opportunity to get hands-on lab and clinical research experience during the summer months and to present their research at the CBR Research Day. This program also enhances the summer students’ learning with research skills workshops, tours of campus and biotech facilities, and complementary social events.

Competition for the 2020 CBR-SBME Summer Studentship Program is now open. Application submission deadline: March 30, 2020.

Description & Eligibility:

  • Award amounts: Up to 25-30 awards – up to $5,500 per award
    • PIs will provide a “top-up” to bring award up to minimum wage for 16 weeks of full-time work.
    • The award will be disbursed as a monthly payment through CBR or SBME.
  • These awards are designated for undergraduate students or medical students who are interested in working under the supervision of a CBR or SBME Principal Investigator (PI), Research Associate (RA), or Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) for 16 weeks over the summer period (May to August). In exceptional cases, students may be eligible to work for shorter periods, in which case, the award amount will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Successful student applicants:
    • Are required to participate in an oral and a poster presentation of their work or work-in-progress at the CBR Research Day (to be held at the Life Sciences Centre on August 13, 2020).
    • Are required to participate in all CBR-SBME-organized summer events (see application forms).
    • Are required to submit a written report that includes a summary of their research project, a reflection of their Program experience, and an assessment of the overall Program. This report should be sent to the CBR Education Program Manager before August 24, 2020.
    • Are required to complete an end-of-program online survey before August 24, 2020.
    • Are NOT eligible to hold both a CBR-SBME Summer Studentship and any other funding during the CBR-SBME Summer Studentship funding period (May to August).
  • Students and supervisors are encouraged to discuss project expectations, schedules, and timelines in advance of agreeing to apply together.
  • The CBR and SBME should be acknowledged in publications and presentations of work arising from this award.

To apply:

  1. Contact a CBR or SBME Principal Investigator, Postdoctoral Fellow, or Research Associate you are interested in working with. It is good practice to send them your resume, cover letter, transcript and/or statement of interest.
  2. Complete the application package:
  3. Applicants will be contacted in late March or early April with the results of the competition.

Application submission deadline: March 30, 2020.

Please contact Dr. Stefanie Mak (stefanie.mak@ubc.ca) if you have any questions about the Program.

Q: I am an international student at UBC. Am I eligible to apply?

A: Yes, international students who are currently registered at UBC are eligible to apply.

Q: I am a student studying outside of UBC. Am I eligible to apply?

A: Yes, students who are currently registered at a recognized Canadian university are eligible to apply.

Q: I am an undergraduate student graduating in May. Am I eligible to apply?

A: Yes, undergraduate students are eligible to hold a CBR-SBME Summer Studentship award in the semester immediately following graduation.

Q: I received a CBR-SBME Summer Studentship award in the past. Am I eligible to apply?

A: Yes, past awardees are eligible to apply; however, funding is not guaranteed.

Q: When will successful applicants be announced?

A: Funding decisions will be announced in early April.

Q: Can I accept the CBR-SBME Summer Studentship award in addition to another summer research award?

A: Students are NOT eligible to hold both a CBR-SBME Summer Studensthip and any other funding during the CBR-SBME Summer Studentship funding period (May to August).

What past participants said about the Summer Studentship Program:

Sia Cecilia Jan-Abu, 2019 CBR-SBME Summer Research Student
Project: Modulation of the Immune System as possible therapy for Muscular Dystrophy
Supervisor: Dr. Kelly McNagny

Sia Cecilia Jan-Abu at CBR Research Day 2019.

“I am extremely grateful to be part of the 2019 cohort to receive the CBR/SBME summer studentship award. Before this summer I knew very little about research and academics outside of the classroom, but I have now found a new/renewed love for science and research. I did my summer research project titled “Modulation of the Immune System as possible therapy for Muscular Dystrophy” in the McNagny Lab (Biomedical Research Centre). This project allowed me to develop a hypothesis and follow through with experiments. I learnt the importance of paying attention to detail and time management especially when planning and conducting sensitive experiments. But I think some of the most valuable lessons I learnt this summer were learnt out of the lab. Being able to prepare and present my work to my peers and other scientists at the CBR Research Day was very beneficial. It was not only great practice of my presentation skills, but it tested my understanding of the work I had done, and I am so honoured to have been awarded best presenter. Furthermore, attending scientific conferences and meetings added another layer to an already holistic experience. I truly appreciate all the CBR/SBME staff and the McNagny lab for all their amazing support and direction.”

 


Amardeep Sekhon, 2019 CBR-SBME Summer Research Student
Project:
Frequency of Positive Antibody Screens on patients with Serial Group and Screens Every 3 Days (PASSeS 3D Study)
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Shih

Amardeep (left) with his supervisor Dr. Andrew Shih at CBR Research Day 2019.

“As someone who recently finished up his first year of undergraduate studies and had no prior research experience, I cannot thank the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) enough for the opportunity to get an early start in clinical research and develop my skills.

The research study I have been working on in the summer is called the PASSeS 3D Study (Frequency of Positive Antibody Screens on Patients with Serial Group and Screens Every 3 Days), which is currently investigating a 3-day protocol for pre-transfusion compatibility testing at the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

With this studentship being my first immersion into clinical research, I did not know what to expect – I initially had this notion that it would simply be non-stop data collection and analysis but looking back I learned so much from the experience. Working with post-graduate medical residents on a daily basis under the supervision of a staff physician has taught me so much about what it takes to be successful not only in clinical medicine, but in academia.  The unparalleled guidance and mentorship I have received from Dr. Andrew Shih, Dr. Bhupinder Johal and Dr. Ann Tran, has made me realize that medicine and research is something I would pursue after my undergraduate studies. The meaningful professional relationships I have built I feel will serve me very well in making sure those dreams are a reality.

Overall, I am looking forward to remain being a part of the vibrant research community at the CBR and remain being involved in the research there.”