Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP)

2017 Application Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017

The IBBME Undergraduate Summer Research Program is a 16-week program (May to mid-August) that presents an opportunity for students to work in a research environment and to participate in a variety of biomedical engineering workshops, career talks, and events.

The experience culminates with a mini-symposium where students present their research to their fellow students and faculty.


This program is open to both current and non-University of Toronto undergraduate students. You must be registered in an accredited university as a full or part-time student at the time of application in one of the following areas of general study:

  • dentistry
  • engineering
  • medicine
  • science (including computer-related sciences)

You must also have completed at least one full year of an undergraduate program by the start of this program.

Obtaining a Supervisor

USRP students are required to initiate and confirm a faculty supervisor match for this program.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact IBBME professors well before the application deadline to discuss potential positions and projects.

For some funding opportunities, such as the NSERC USRA, students will need to have already secured a supervisor prior to completing the award application.

Please note that not all professors will be available for the USRP program. Candidates who are able to effectively demonstrate common research interests and background to a professor will typically have a greater chance of securing a supervisor of choice.

Please contact our Academic Programs Office if you would like additional guidance on securing a supervisor.

Previously Advertised Positions

The 2017 list of positions is not yet available. Please review the list of last year’s positions, projects and supervisors for information only.

Innovation, Hammer & Nails

Students accepted into the USRP can have the unique opportunity to work on a clinical-based topic assigned by the Hospital for Sick Children through the Innovation, Hammer & Nails program.

Specific project information, number of positions and funding are made available at the discretion of Sick Kids. Please contact program liaison Dr. Vito Forte at vito.forte@sickkids.ca for more details and project availability.

All students must complete the USRP application form (available later in the 2017 fall term) as part of this program.

Student Funding Opportunities

There are three main pillars of financial support for students in this program. Candidates are selected for these awards on the basis of academic achievement, previous experience and their motivation for undertaking biomedical engineering research.

All USRP applicants will be automatically considered for the Director’s Summer Research Opportunities (DSRO) Program and the Undergraduate Summer Research Program (UROP) funding.

A separate application is required for the NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA). Do this first if you are considering applying to our summer research program as you will be required to submit a copy of your NSERC USRA application to us as well.

How to Apply

The USRP application form will be available later in the 2017 fall term.

Other Summer Opportunities


Brittany Lauton, Acting Undergraduate Programs Assistant
undergrad.ibbme@utoronto.ca (email)