Overview of Program

  • Available to first or second year undergraduate medical students in the summer of 2017.
  • Students must be supervised by a current faculty member in the College of Medicine (Regina or Saskatoon sites)
  • Students are involved in one single research project; the intent being there is a beginning, middle, and an end to the project.
  • Approximately 80 research projects are available for the summer of 2017.
  • The topics cover the spectrum from:  basic science, retrospective clinical work, quality assurance/program evaluation, community and health population, laboratory and clinical research.
  • Projects are 10 weeks in length and run over the summer months (May-Aug)
  • The Dean’s Summer Research Project is an award of $5,000 which is split up into three equal payments of $1,500 with the final $500 being paid out upon completion of the poster day presentation and report.

This year we received 121 total project proposals from various faculty members within the College of Medicine. There are 77 projects located in Saskatoon, 33 projects located in Regina, 9 projects that may be undertaken in both locations, and 2 projects that will be based out of Saskatoon but will involve travel out-of-town.

 All project proposals have now been posted to the Dean’s Projects Google Docs webpage. On this page, you will find the projects listed by category. In each category, there will be a separate folder for projects located in Regina and projects located in Saskatoon. It is now up to you to look through the posted projects and decide if there is any project that you wish to pursue this summer. To access the Google Docs site, please follow this link:


 If there is a project of particular interest to you, please approach the faculty member listed immediately so you may begin the application process together. Alternatively, you may contact a faculty member with your own idea if you do not see a proposal that aligns with your area of interest. If they agree, you may proceed with the application process. Applications must be submitted in full to deans.projects@usask.ca, by January 10, 2017 to be considered for funding. The application form has now been posted to the Dean’s Summer Research Projects website and can be found under the tab “How to Apply”.


The Office of the Vice Dean Research will issue an official call in October for project proposals for Dean's Summer Research Projects. All Faculty are encouraged to submit research project proposals to be posted to the Dean's Project Google Drive site for review by 1st and 2nd year medical students. We will be accepting proposals until late November (deadline TBA). Once project proposals are posted students will be able to review potential projects and approach a supervisor they are interested in working with. Once a student and supervisor agree to work together on a proposal, they can begin the application writing process. Applications must be submitted in full by early January (deadline TBA) to be considered for funding.

If you have any questions about submitting project proposals, please contact Patricia Little.

  • Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Arthritis  
  • Biochemistry
  • Cancer 
  • Cardiovascular***        
  • CIHR Health Professional
  • Community Health & Epidemiology
  • Canadian Centre for Health & Safety in Agriculture
  • Emergency Medicine   
  • Family Medicine
  • General Medicine   
  • Heart
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma
  • Medical Education
  • Medical Imaging
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Neurology  
  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences   
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Rheumatology**
  • Surgery
  • Others - as listed in the Project list

**Extra Research Prize available for best presentation in the area of Rheumatology Research

***Extra Research Prize available for best presentation in the area of Cardiovascular Research

  • Date


    October 20, 2016

    Call for Projects sent out to all faculty

    November 4, 2016

    Office of Vice-Dean Research staff present to first year MD students re: Dean’s Projects

    November 24, 2016

    Office of Vice-Dean Research staff present to second year MD students re: Dean’s Projects

    November 24, 2016

    Deadline for faculty to submit Project

    November 30, 2016

    All projects posted on Google Docs for viewing by MD students

    January 10, 2017 at 4:30pm

    Deadline for students to submit applications

    January 13, 2017

    Applications sent to adjudicators

    February 10, 2017

    Adjudicator marks due

    February 17, 2017

    Award recipients notified

    March 31, 2017

    Ethics applications due

    May 1/June 1, 2017

    Projects begin

    August 31, 2017

    All projects must be completed

    September 2017

    Final Reports due

    October 2017

    Fall Poster day

Adjudicators will be provided with a comprehensive grading sheet to guide them in their scoring of applications.  This grading sheet is attached below.

The Dean’s Summer Research Projects 2017 call will fund approximately 80 projects. This will be dependent upon the number of quality applications submitted in January 2017. 

Letters of Excellence acknowledge those students that demonstrated outstanding performance and commitment to their research projects. 

Students must be nominated by their supervisors to be considered for this additional honour. 

At the end of the summer, supervisors will be sent a call for nominations. They will then be required to write a short letter of recommendation which should address some of the following key areas:

  • Commitment to learning
  • Keen interest in the topic
  • Quality work ethic
  • Student contribution to the research

Once the nomination is received by the Vice Dean Research Office it will be reviewed and if deemed successful, a Letter of Excellence will be written by the Vice Dean Research highlighting the strengths of the student.

Only a select few letters will be written. 

The Application form consists of two parts:

  1. Application - All sections will need to be completed and a electronic pdf submitted to the Office of the Vice Dean Research (OVDR).  This application should be predominantly written by the student with guidance provided by the supervisor.
  2. Agreement Acknowledged by Student & Supervisor - to be read and agreed upon, then a printed signed copy will need to be submitted to the OVDR.

Note: Both parts are manditory and applications will not be considered if either parts are missing or incomplete. 

Please email a PDF copy of the completed application to deans.projects@usask.ca . The Agreement Acknowledged by Student & Supervisor can either be signed and attached to the application or a hard copy can be dropped off at Room 2D01 Health Sciences Building - D Wing, 107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, Sk. 


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

Saskatoon Health Region

Any research, funded and non-funded, involving Saskatoon Health Region resources and/or conducted in its facilities must receive formal "Operational Approval" before it may begin. This includes any research that utilizes the resources, data, programs and/or services of the Health Region, its patients/clients/residents, and also includes research conducted in its affiliates and community-based organizations.

For further information see the SHR Operational Approval.

Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region

Considerable health care research takes place within the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR). At Research and Performance Support (RPS), we believe that through the process of scientific inquiry, research is integral to excellence in health care. Research promotes the advancement of knowledge and collaboration in health care practices. RPS undertakes, oversees, and supports many different health-related research projects in the RQHR.

University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Office

All research conducted at the University of Saskatchewan involving humans or other animals, or involving access to personal data (including medical records) requires prior approval by the research ethics office. Please follow the above link for more information and to access the most recent versions of application forms.

Cancer Registry Database

If your project involves access to Cancer Agency information (charts or electronic data) you are required to submit an endorsed Cancer Agency approval form with your application to the College.  The Agency will need a detailed summary of your project to analyze whether they have the data you require and can accommodate your work. This summary needs to be provided to the Cancer Registry by December 15th to ensure adequate time for review and approval. Please contact Serena Kozie (serena.kozie@saskcancer.ca ph: 639-625-2045) for more information on obtaining approval from the Cancer Agency.

The MD Year-Round Volunteer Research Opportunity is being facilitated by the Office of the Vice Dean of Research (OVDR) in response to feedback from medical students that they would like to increase research opportunities during the year.  It is our hope that by helping to facilitate connections for MD research during the year we will encourage more students to participate in research projects.  This is very important because of the vital role research plays in today’s health care.

The OVDR will work to have the list of available projects updated quarterly so that students will have an up to date list of volunteer research opportunities in the College of Medicine year- round.  However, this will be dependent on whether or not College of Medicine faculty have any volunteer research opportunities in their lab.

For a list of projects submitted by College of Medicine faculty, please see: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0ByLTo2ltqvrRMElnbHRjb0hZV2M.

For further information and to see terms of reference please contact deans.projects@usask.ca

The MD Students’ Excellence in Research Award has been established by the Office of the Vice Dean Research (OVDR) to recognize a medical student who has excelled in research while at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.  This award recognizes a student’s research achievements and allows the College to proudly display their outstanding research accomplishments.  

Award Information

The award will be granted to a University of Saskatchewan medical student involved in research at the College of Medicine. One award of a value of $1,000 is available to a deserving medical student based on excellence in research and a nomination from their research supervisor.


In order to be eligible for this award, MD students must have participated in a summer research project supervised by a College of Medicine faculty member.  Students must also have received a “Letter of Excellence” nomination from their supervisor.  Information on Letters of Excellence will be sent out to all MD students and College of Medicine Faculty this summer.

Students may only receive this award once during the course of their medical degree.

Please note: If the student nominated is currently on leave from the College of Medicine in order to participate in the MD/PhD program, they are still be eligible for this award.


College of Medicine Vice Dean Research Office:

Patricia Little
Project Coordinator, Research
College of Medicine Research Office, Room 2D01.12
Phone: (306) 966-3273