Overview of Program

  • Available to first or second year undergraduate medical students in the summer of 2018
  • 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 2018 but the final number will be based on the number of quality applications submitted
  • 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.

In October, the OVDR issued a call to all College of Medicine faculty to submit a short project proposal.  Project Proposals can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0ByLTo2ltqvrRd2RTNGtsamJrS28

On this page, students will find projects listed by category. In each category, there will be a separate folder for projects located in Regina and projects located in Saskatoon.  There is also a summary page provided which the OVDR staff will update weekly with the projects that we know have been filled.

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. 


The Office of the Vice Dean Research issued an official call in October for project proposals for Dean's Summer Research Projects. Faculty submitted research project proposals that are posted to the Dean's Project Google Drive site (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0ByLTo2ltqvrRd2RTNGtsamJrS28) for review by 1st and 2nd year medical students.  Once a student and supervisor agree to work together on a proposal, they can begin the application writing process. The applicaiton deadline is January 24, 2018.

If you have any questions about submitting project proposals, please contact us vis email.



October 2017

Call for Projects sent out to all faculty

November 24, 2017

Deadline for faculty to submit Project

End of November

All projects posted on Google Docs for viewing by MD students

January 24, 2018

Deadline for students to submit applications

February 2018

Award recipients notified

March 1, 2018

Paperwork due to the Office of the Vice Dean Research

March 31, 2018

Ethics applications due to ethics office

May 1/June 1, 2018

Projects begin

August 31, 2018

All projects must be completed

September 2018

Final Reports due

October 2018

Fall Poster day

Adjudicators will be provided with the comprehensive grading sheet attached below.  They will use this sheet to guide them with the application evaluation.

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. For a step -by-step guide on how to obtain ethics approval please see “How Do I Get Ethics Approval."

More information can be found at the Office of the Vice President Research 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) please contact datarequest@saskcancer.ca, for information on how to apply to access the data.  The agency will need you to complete their data access form regarding your project to analyse whether they have the data you require and can accommodate your work.  The form can be accessed through the email above.

**Note: Requests for use of SK Cancer Registry data must be submitted by December 5, 2017 to ensure review and approval.

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.

The Summer Research Experience Projects fall under the same umbrella as Dean’s projects, but are variable in length and are designed for students who are participating in either Making the Links or a IFMSA Research exchange.  Students fill out the same application form as Dean’s students with a modified timeline (6 to 8 weeks).

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.

**As volunteer participation in research activities during the academic year may impact your academic progress, you are required to receive confirmation that you are a student in good academic standing in the Undergraduate MD Program. 

Please see a list of available projects by clicking here.


If you have any questions about Dean's Projects, please contact deans.projects@usask.ca