Program Overview

  • The Biomedical Summer Research Project is an award offered to undergraduate Biomedical students.  The Office of the Vice-Dean Research pays the student's salary for 10 weeks during the summer while they conduct research.  
  • Open to undergraduate students enrolled in the programs of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology, and Pharmacology.
  • Available to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year undergraduate students in the summer of 2017 with preference given to students in their 3rd year of their undergraduate program.  
  • Students must be supervised by a current College of Medicine faculty member.  
  • Only one application will be accepted from any eligible student per year.  Any student who submits more than one application per year will have the second one automatically disqualified and it will not move forward to adjudication.  Each project submitted is to be a stand-alone project with a clearly defined beginning, middle, and end.
  • Approximately 15-18 research projects to be awarded for the summer of 2017.
  • Projects are 10 weeks in duration with supervisor's given the option to extend the student's employment for an additional 6 weeks if departmental or researcher funding is available.
  • Projects begin no earlier than May 1st and must be completed by August 31st, 2016.  
  • If the project length is less than 10 weeks, the amount of funding provided will be pro-rated to the duration of the project.

For rates and compesention, please see the section below.

Students who have an idea for a project or an interest in a particular area are encouraged to approach faculty with their ideas. Once they find a faculty member willing to work with them, the two can complete an application for submission.  

Please be aware that the intention of the application is primarily to assess the student.  The application should be written principally by the student with the faculty member assisting as necessary.  Applications should not be written like a grant, but rather like a student research proposal.  There is a section for the supervisor to fill out however the bulk of the application should be completed by the student.



December 9, 2016

Memo sent to faculty and students

Release of Guidelines and Application form

March 15, 2017 (after NSERC notifications)

Application Deadline

March 22, 2017

Applications sent to adjudicators

April 5, 2017

Final Marks submitted by adjudicators

April 10, 2017

Award letters sent out to successful recipients

April 21, 2017

Paperwork due to the Office of the Vice-Dean of Research (OVDR)

May 1, 2017

Projects begin (10 weeks must be completed by August 31, 2017)

August 31, 2017

All projects must be completed

September 2017

Final Reports due

October 2017

Poster day


Each Biomedical Project application will be assessed by at least two qualified adjudicators.  Adjudicators will be selected on a voluntary basis and will be College of Medicine faculty.  Our office will distribute the applications amongst the adjudicators and compile their final scores.  In cases of high standard deviation between the adjudicators, the Vice-Dean Research will make the final decision on the score for that particular application.

All of our adjudicators will be qualified individuals; however, they cannot be experts in every field.  For that reason, all students must ensure they write their application in a manner that can be understood by a non-expert in that field.


Assessment Criteria

In their assessment, the adjudication panel will consider the following criteria:

1)    Importance of the research

2)    Feasibility of the research question

3)    Clear and realistic timeframe

4)    Clarity of methodology

5)    Viable outcomes

6)    Significance of Research

7)    Student Capability

8)    Supervisor Expectations

The Office of the Vice Dean Research will fund approximately 15-18 projects in the summer of 2017. This will be dependent upon the number of quality applications submitted. 

Written Report

All grant recipients are required to submit an electronic report to the OVDR by September 2017. Failure to submit a report will exclude you from being eligible to apply for any future funding from the OVDR. A report template will be sent out to individuals awarded Biomedical Projects.


Poster Presentation

Successful applicants will be required to participate in the Fall Poster Day in October of each year.  Details regarding the location and time of the research day will be sent out in the summer.


Publication Acknowledgement

All publications resulting from the research funded by the grant should acknowledge University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine Biomedical Summer Research Project funding.

An application form will be posted here in December 2016.  Once this form is complete, please submit it by email by the application deadline.

Any research or study conducted at University facilities, or undertaken by persons connected to the University, involving human subjects, animals or biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board (REB) or Committee. How Do I Get Ethics Approval will provide you with the step-by-step guide on how to obtain ethics approval for research involving humans and the RSEO Animal REB Handout will explain how to obtain ethics approval for research involving animals.

More information can be found at the UofS Research Services and Ethics Office website

Obtaining research ethics approval is the responsibility of the Supervisor and should be in place prior to the project commencing.  

Students will be paid according to the rates outlined below:

 Student Assistant Rates


September 1, 2015 Hourly Rate 

May 1, 2016 

Hourly Rate 

Monthly Rate * (Summer) (Based on Full-Time 

40 hours/week) 

Undergraduate in 1st Year 




Undergraduate in 2nd Year 




Undergraduate in 3rd Year 




Undergraduate in 4th Year 




Undergraduate in 5th Year 




*These numbers may change.


College of Medicine Vice Dean Research Office:

Patricia Little
Project Coordinator, Research
College of Medicine Research Office, Room 2D01.12