Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP)

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The Undergraduate Summer Research Program is a 16 week program (May to mid-August) that presents an opportunity for students to work in a research environment and to participate in a variety of biomedical engineering workshops, career talks, and events. The experience culminates with a mini-symposium where students present their research to their fellow students and faculty.

Read about former Undergraduate Summer Research Program student, Ben Ouyang, winner of the Sunnybrook Prize and the IBBME USRP Seminar Prize.

Student Eligibility

  • Must be registered in an accredited university in one of the following areas of study: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering, Dentistry, or a Medical Field.
  • Have completed at least one full year of an undergraduate program by the start of the program.
  • Have full or part time status at their university of study at the time of application.

Obtaining a Supervisor

Students are required to initiate their own student/supervisor match. Applicants are encouraged to contact IBBME Professors early to discuss potential positions and projects. For some funding opportunities (such as the NSERC USRA) students will need to have already secured a supervisor prior to completing the award application.

Contact information for Faculty can be found at http://ibbme.utoronto.ca/faculty/.

Applying to the Program

Students must submit ALL required documentation to the Undergraduate Programs Office by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 23rd, 2015. Contact undergrad.ibbme@utoronto.ca for more information.

Students are required to submit:

  • USRP Application form
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Official transcripts in a sealed envelope must be received from each post-secondary institution attended (sealed, signed/stamped) for all current and previous programs of study.

Summer 2015 applications due by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015. DOWNLOAD the 2015 Application here.

Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered for the program.

Mailing Address:

Undergraduate Programs Assistant

Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
University of Toronto
164 College St. Room 407
Toronto, ON
M5S 3G9

To submit in person, visit:

IBBME Undergraduate & Graduate Programs Office
Mining Building, Room 332
170 College Street
University of Toronto


Funding Opportunities

Students are selected for awards on the basis of academic achievement, previous experience, and their motivation for undertaking Biomedical Engineering research.

Director’s Summer Research Opportunities Program (DSRO)

Application Deadline for the DSRO award – February 23rd, 2015

This is an IBBME award which is in place to foster and broaden opportunities for advanced summer research experiences for undergraduate students at the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering. The support is set at $2400 per student. Students must have a minimum in matching compensation from their research supervisor. Students apply to the DSRO as a part of their USRP application.

Student Eligibility:

  1. Students must have successfully completed one full academic year in a full-time undergraduate program directly prior to the scholarship period.
  2. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of application.
  3. Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional program (ex. medical undergraduate program) are eligible to apply.
  4. University of Toronto and non-University of Toronto students may apply.
  5. Students selected for funding (e.g. the NSERC USRA or UROP awards) will not be eligible to receive the DSRO.

Full guidelines can be found here.


NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

Application Deadline for the NSERC USRA Award – February 23rd, 2015

The Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate an undergraduate student’s interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. The USRA provides support of $4,500, plus a minimum 25% supplement ($1,125) provided by the student supervisor. Students must participate in full time in the research lab for a full 16-week period.

Students MUST have secured a supervisor (who currently holds NSERC funding) prior to submitting their application for the NSERC USRA.

Student Eligibility:

  • Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Registered either full-time or part-time (at the time of application) in a bachelor’s degree program in the term immediately before holding the award.
  • Must have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of “B” or “B-“, if applicable)
  • Must have completed, at the time of application, a minimum of two academic terms/semesters.
  • Students who are graduating are eligible if they are participating in the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate program requirements, as long as they have not started a program of graduate studies.
  • To be considered for the NSERC USRA students must also be applying to the USRP.

Application Procedure:

Students must submit by mail or in person:

Mailing Address:

Undergraduate Programs Assistant

Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
University of Toronto
164 College St. Room 407
Toronto, ON
M5S 3G9


To submit in person visit:

IBBME Undergraduate & Graduate Programs Office
Mining Building
170 College Street, Room 332

For more details and application instructions visit: http://www.research.utoronto.ca/research-funding-opportunities/undergraduate-student-research-award/


Other Scholarships & Funding/ Other Research Opportunities

Please visit the USRA webpage on the NSERC website for information on scholarship opportunities.


Students may also consider applying to the Industrial USRA Program here:


For further information, please contact us at undergrad.ibbme@utoronto.ca or at 416-978-7209.


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