Program Information



The Summer Student Research Program, a collaboration between the University of British Columbia, BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital & Health Care Centre, fosters research awareness and interest for undergraduate and medical students.

Since 1987, the program has attracted 1,000+ students from local, national and international academic institutions, and provided an opportunity for students to participate in research projects related to child and family health under the supervision of researchers on the Oak Street Campus.

What is the Summer Student Research Program

The Summer Student Research Program includes studentship opportunities for top-ranked students and an education program for funded and non-funded students.

From May-August, students work closely with a supervisor on a specific program. Along with the elements inherent to each students specific research project, students have the opportunity to participate in the research education program in June-July. This include:

  • a seminar series that exposes students to research across disciplines and offers an opportunities to present and discuss work
  • workshops to build research and analytical capacity and enhance career development skills
  • special events and networking opportunities that maximize exposure to peers and mentors
  • Poster Day to showcase the accomplishments of program participants

What are the benefits?

  • Exposure to the wide variety of research occurring at BC Children’s Hospital & BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
  • Quality training from world-class researchers in areas of biomedical, clinical, population and health services research
  • Mentorship from supervisors and their lab members including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Awareness of the research environment, including specific processes, techniques and protocols.
  • Professional development opportunities to further one’s research skills.

How do I apply?

The program is open to undergraduate students in sciences or allied sciences, and medical students.  Program applications and instructions are available online.

If you have any questions or comments please contact the Office of Research Education at (604) 875-2000 x5397 or reseduc@cfri.ca.