Call for Projects and Proposals

The OVDR issued an official call for proposals for Dean's Summer Research Projects on October 10, 2018. Faculty submitted research project proposals will be posted on the  Dean's Project Google Drive for review by 1st and 2nd year medical students on November 30, 2018. Once a student and supervisor enter an agreement to work together on a proposal, they can begin the application process. 

Application Deadline: 4:00 pm January 23, 2019.

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A panel of carefully selected, qualified adjudicators are provided with a comprehensive grading sheet. The sheet is used as a guide to meticulously evaluate each application they are assigned. 

Find the Project Rubric, and Grading Guide PDFs below.

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Choosing Your Project

In October, the OVDR issued a call to all College of Medicine (CoM) faculty to submit a short project proposal. All proposals for the current year will appear on the  Dean's Project Google Drive by November 30, 2018. Here, students will find a listing of projects by category. In each category, there is a separate folder for projects located in Regina and projects located in Saskatoon. There is also a summary page that OVDR staff will update weekly regarding projects that have been filled.

If there is a project that interests you and you would like to participate, it is important to approach the faculty member listed immediately so you may begin the application process together.

Alternatively, if you do not see a proposal that aligns with your vision of an exemplary research project, you may contact a faculty member with your own idea. After you and the faculty member have entered an agreement, you will be able to begin the application process.

Application Deadline: 4:00 pm January 23, 2019.

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Date Activity
November 1, 2018 2019 Application & Guidelines documents posted.
November 22, 2018 Deadline for Faculty to submit 2019 projects.
November 23, 2018 2017/2018 Fall Poster Day.
November 30, 2018 All 2019 projects posted to Google Drive for viewing by MD students.
December 14, 2018 Deadline for Supervisors to submit data request form application via Email - if applicable.
January 23, 2019 Deadline for students to submit applications.
February 27, 2019 Award recipients notified.
March 6, 2019 Project paperwork due to OVDR.
March 31, 2019 Ethics applications due.
May 1/June1, 2019 Projects begin.
June/July, 2019 Mid-point evaluations due.
August 31, 2019 All projects must be completed.
September 25, 2019 Final reports due.
October 2019 Fall Poster Day.
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How To Apply

Open to all first and second year undergraduate medical students, the Dean’s Summer Research Projects program acts to facilitate exposure to scientific research, fostering skills that will be crucial throughout our students’ careers as medical professionals.  The initiative is intended to ignite a passion for research, promoting an understanding of the vital role research plays in health care today.

To Apply:

1. Access the Application Document, complete in full, and submit an electronic PDF to the OVDR via Email before 4:00 pm January 23, 2019.  The application should be predominantly written by the student, with guidance provided as needed by the supervisor.

2. The Agreement Acknowledged must be signed by both the student and the supervisor. A scanned copy of the Agreement will need to be submitted to the OVDR via Email and attached to the application.

Note: Both steps are mandatory in the application process. Applications will not be considered if any part of the process is missing or incomplete.

Access the Guidelines document for details.

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Any research or study conducted at University of Saskatchewan 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 the How Do I Get Ethics Approval? document.

For assistance, please contact one of the following Research Ethics Specialists:

Nick Reymond Behavioural Research Ethics Specialist (306)966-2084 Email
Caitlin Prebble Biomedical Research Ethics Specialist (306)966-1854 Email
Amanda Plante Animal Research Ethics Specialist (306)966-7928 Email
More information, please access  Ethics.

Saskatoon Health Region

Any research, funded and non-funded, involving Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) 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 SHR Operational Approval.

Regina area of Saskatchewan Health Authority

Considerable health care research takes place within the Regina area of Saskatchewan Health Authority. 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 Regina area of Saskatchewan Health Authority.

For further information see RQ Health Research & Performance Support.

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.

For further information see Ethics.

Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Data

Student - If your project involves access to Cancer Agency information (charts or electronic data) you are required to submit a Cancer Agency conditional approval letter along with your application to the college. This will be completed in conjunction with the project supervisor. Please contact the data access coordinator via Email for more information on obtaining approval from the Cancer Agency.

Supervisor – If your project requires access to Cancer Agency information (charts or electronic data) you are required to submit a data request form to the Cancer Agency by December 14, 2018. To obtain a copy of the form or any questions regarding Cancer Agency approval, contact the data access coordinator via Email. You will be informed of a decision by January 15th, at which time you will need to provide the applying student a copy of the conditional approval letter to submit along with their application to the college.

Fall Poster Day

All recipients of Dean's Summer Research Projects are required to participate in a Fall Poster Day, held in October or November of each year. The full-day event takes place the D-Wing Atrium, Health Sciences Building, and gives our awardees the opportunity to present their research findings on individually crafted posters. A poster template is provided, and can be accessed via Google Drive.

Throughout the morning, awardees will make 3-5 minute presentations of their posters to an expert adjudicator for scoring. After presenting, students are free to visit other posters, enjoy some refreshments, or network at their leisure.

Our keynote speaker will present after lunch on the ground floor of the D-Wing Atrium. If you missed Dr. Richard Huntsman's presentation at the 2018 Fall Poster Day, you can see the video.

After the keynote speaker, supervisors, faculty and students are welcomed to view posters and to discuss research findings.

At the end of the day, Poster Day Awards will be announced by Dr. Marek Radomski, Vice-Dean Research.

A detailed agenda will be provided to all Fall Poster Day participants well in advance of the event, so keep an eye on your inbox if you are an award recipient.

Contact Us with any questions.

Contact Us.

The Office of the Vice-Dean Research is presently located in D-Wing of the Health Sciences Building on the U of S campus.  Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, and closed for Statutory Holidays.  Please feel free to drop in and chat with our staff, or contact us via    Email or phone at (306)966-8119.

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College of Medicine
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