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Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP)
The IBBME Undergraduate Summer Research Program is a 16-week program that presents an opportunity for students to work in a biomedical engineering research environment, on campus or at one of our partner hospitals.
The USRP experience culminates with a mini-symposium where students present their research to their fellow students and faculty.
Work terms are 12, 14 or 16 weeks from May to August depending on funding award stipulations.
Exact start and end dates are determined when award results are announced in conjunction with arrangements with individual supervisors.
This program is open to both current and non-University of Toronto undergraduate students.
You must be registered in an accredited university as a full or part-time student at the time of application in one of the following areas of general study:
- science (including computer-related sciences)
You must also have completed at least one full year of an undergraduate program by the start of this program.
**Due to restrictions on temporary work permits, we are no longer accepting students who do not have either Canadian citizenship, residency or a valid study permit by the USRP application deadline.**
2018 Application Deadline:
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10am EST (Eastern Standard Time)
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to secure a research supervisor prior to submitting this form
- You will be asked to submit a (a) statement of intent, (b) your CV and (3) an unofficial copy of your most recent transcript below
- You will be asked to submit your GPA—please consult this U of T grade conversion tool as needed
- You must fill out a separate application if you are applying to NSERC USRA and include a PDF version of the completed online Form 202, part 1 & 2—do this first if you are applying to this funding source
- You are required to mail us your official transcript (in addition to submitting an unofficial copy below) directly from your current school in a sealed, institutional envelope after you complete the online form below
Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME)
c/o Undergraduate Programs
University of Toronto
Rosebrugh Building, 164 College Street, Room 407
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G9 Canada
The application deadline for USRP 2018 has now past.
USRP students are required to initiate and confirm a faculty supervisor match for this program.
Please review the list of supervisors who have indicated interest in hiring a USRP student for 2018 below.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact faculty members well before the application deadline to discuss potential positions and projects.
You may also reach out to any IBBME faculty member not included in the above list to inquire about alternative USRP positions.
For some funding opportunities, such as the NSERC USRA, students will need to have already secured a supervisor holding a current NSERC grant prior to completing the award application.
Candidates who are able to effectively demonstrate common research interests and background to a professor will typically have a greater chance of securing a supervisor of choice. Generic, mass emails are strongly discouraged.
Please contact our Undergraduate Academic Programs Office if you would like additional guidance on securing a supervisor.
There are three main pillars of financial support for students in this program. Candidates are selected for these awards on the basis of academic achievement, previous experience and their motivation for undertaking biomedical engineering research.
USRP applicants will be automatically considered for the (1) Director’s Summer Research Opportunities (DSRO) Program and the (2) Undergraduate Summer Research Program (UROP)funding. Students are only eligible to apply for the (3) NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA) if their supervisor holds an NSERC grant.
A separate application is required for the NSERC USRA. Complete this first if you are considering applying to our summer research program as you will be required to submit a copy of your NSERC USRA application to us as well.
Provided by the University of Toronto, this award aims to aid in the fostering of advanced research experiences for undergraduate students at U of T. Funding is set at $2,000 per award.
Students must have a minimum in matching compensation from their research supervisor. Students are automatically considered for a UROP as part of their USRP application.
- Students must have successfully completed a term in a full-time undergraduate program directly prior to the award period
- Students who have completed their undergraduate program are not eligible, unless they have been accepted into a second-entry undergraduate professional program (e.g. MD undergraduate degree program)
- Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional program (e.g. MD undergraduate degree program) are eligible
- Both University of Toronto and non-University of Toronto students are eligible
- Students selected for other funding (e.g. the NSERC USRA, IBBME DSRO or UROP awards from any department) will not be eligible to receive the UROP.
Provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs) 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) by the student’s research supervisor. Students must participate full time in the research lab for a complete 16-week period.
Students MUST have secured a supervisor who currently holds NSERC funding prior to submitting their application for the NSERC USRA.
- Students must be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Students must be 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
- Students 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)
- Students 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 IBBME NSERC USRA, students must also apply to (be a part of) the USRP
- Students selected for other funding (e.g. the IBBME DSRO or UROP awards from any department) will not be eligible to receive the NSERC USRA
Students must submit all of the following as part of the USRP application:
- A digital PDF copy of your completed NSERC USRA online application (form 202, parts one and two) via the USRP application form (below), if applicable,
- Official transcripts from all previous and current programs of study in a sealed, institutional envelop and mailed directly to the Undergraduate Academic Programs Office
- An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) via the USRP application form (below)
U of T students may be eligible for additional research awards via their respective departments, such as the Engineering Science Research Opportunity Program (ESROP) and the University of Toronto Excellence Awards (UTEA).
Please note that these awards may be announced after USRP awards. Any student who receives an award from another department or external source must inform the Undergraduate Programs Office via email@example.com.
For more details about specific awards available to you, please contact your departmental academic advisor.
+1 416 978-7209 (office)