Research Opportunities

There are four main research and teaching groups in the School: Biomaterials & Biomechanics, Biomedical Informatics, Biomedical Systems & Signals, and Cellular Bioengineering

Research is generally associated with graduate students in the school, but for undergraduate students who wish to get involved, there are technical electives offered in the areas of certain professors’ specialties. Availability of these courses will depend on student interest and may change from year to year. For information on the various research groups our faculty members are part of, and the projects our faculty members are working on, visit the Research Section of our website.

Undergraduate Student Research Funding Opportunities

If you have identified a faculty member that has agreed to supervise a summer research project, there are a number of funding opportunities that may be available. See the table below for a selection of summer research programs and their deadlines with links to the applications. Most of these opportunities are offered each spring, with the opportunity announced ~ 1 month prior to the deadline. More information regarding the NSERC application process follows.

Program/Faculty Deadline Application Information
UBC Faculty of Medicine – Summer Student Research Program mid-February Link
UBC FoM – Department of Pathology early March Link
Allergy, Genes and Environment Network (AllerGen) mid-February Link
Cystic Fibrosis Canada early March Link
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) late February ResearchNet Portal; Example Call
National Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) early March Link

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

The NSERC USRA program is an excellent way for undergraduate students to gain exposure to university research. It can also help students decide if they want to pursue research in the future, whether through graduate studies or industrial research positions. The program is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have completed all required first year engineering courses, hold a cumulative average of at least 68% (note that the competitive average is usually above 80%) and who have not started graduate studies (although you can hold a USRA for the term directly after your graduation requirements are met). Students do not need to be in biomedical engineering to work with a biomedical engineering professor.
Important: For information about undergraduate student research awards, and the application process, please look at these documents:

Application packages for Summer 2019 – Spring 2020 awards are due to Biomedical Engineering Student Services (students@bme.ubc.ca) by March 9, 2019.

When applying, please be advised of the following points:

  1. All applications must first be submitted electronically directly to NSERC, including the upload of transcripts. A copy of your Form 202 (Parts I and II),  transcript, cover letter, and resume are also required to be submitted to the School of Biomedical Engineering Student Services Office electronically as a PDF addressed to students@bme.ubc.ca
  2. Student-faculty pairs should apply to the department of the faculty member.
  3. International Students – Summer 2019 Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award Program may also be available. For more information, please refer to http://students.engineering.ubc.ca/research-opportunities 

The following links are also useful during the USRA application process:

NSERC’s website

NSERC USRA Information Page

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