Summer Student Research Program

Interested in academic research? Looking to pursue graduate studies? Start gaining research experience now by participating in the Summer Student Research Program!

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Summer Student Research Program (SSRP) provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to complete a paid work term during the summer terms conducting research with faculty supervision. 

Over the course of the program, students will work within a research team and present a poster of their activities at the SSRP Poster competition, held at the start of a new academic year. Students in the program generally have an opportunity to participate in other summer events such as the SSRP barbeque and summer athletic teams; however, all 2022 program events are contingent upon COVID-19 safety guidelines and restrictions.

Faculty Stipend Funding Programs 

Although all eligible undergraduate students can apply to the SSRP, the Faculty has two different undergraduate summer student funding programs that project supervisor(s)-student pairs may be eligible for: 

Indigenous Undergraduate SSRP (IU-SSRP) Funding Program
Through the IU-SSRP, project supervisors can receive funding to hire eligible Indigenous undergraduate students to work on their research projects. This year, funding is available to support two (2) eligible students at the BC minimum wage for up to 16 weeks on a full-time basis. 

Enhanced Opportunities Undergraduate SSRP (EOU-SSRP) Funding Program
EOU-SSRP provides project supervisors funding to hire eligible undergraduate students from underserved communities. This year, funding is available to support one (1) eligible student at the BC minimum wage for up to 16 weeks on a full-time basis.

For those students who have self-identified as Indigenous or from underserved communities on the Application Form, this opportunity will be discussed at the project supervisor(s)/students interview phase of the application process (please see Application Details, Step 5 section below).

The IU-SSRP and EOU-SSRP funding programs are competitive and eligible to be listed as an honor in your CV. We highly encourage students who self-identify within these categories to apply. Students who are accepted for other stipend funding competitions are ineligible for this funding.

SSRP Application Deadline: February 15, 2022, 4:00 p.m. PST

Application Details


The SSRP is open to undergraduate students in good standing at a Canadian university in a related bachelor's degree program, for example, pharmacy, basic sciences, applied sciences, health sciences, materials science, engineering, statistics, economics, medicine, nursing, and more. Students enrolled in an Entry-to-Practice PharmD degree program are also eligible.

Note: Pharmacy students - your clerkship can be accommodated within SSRP. For example, you are not required to work for 12 consecutive weeks as an SSRP participant.

In order to qualify for this program, students must reside in Canada for the entirety of the SSRP term due to regulations and restrictions set out by UBC.

How to apply?

Step 1: Review the SSRP Project Descriptions (see bottom of page) to determine which projects you are most interested in.

Step 2: Complete your application.  A complete application package includes the following documents:

  1. SSRP Application Form
  2. SSRP Research Statement
  3. Current curriculum vitae highlighting your education, awards/honours, skills, and science-related experience.
  4. A downloaded unofficial version of your current university transcripts (UBC students through the Student Services Centre).

If you are not a UBC student, in addition to the above, please submit an official copy of your current university transcript (sealed by your institution). Paper and electronic official transcripts (eTranscripts) will be accepted. Please email or mail transcripts to:

Litsa Blanis
Summer Student Research Program
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of British Columbia
2405 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z3

Step 3: Submit your application. Create a single pdf file composed of the four documents outlined above (i. – iv.) and email it to Litsa Blanis at, by February 15, 2022, 4:00 p.m. PST. Official transcripts (non-UBC students) can follow.

Step 4: Project supervisor(s)/students interview phase. 

  1. Student applications are sent to project supervisor(s) for review.  
  2. Project supervisor(s) will contact the student to arrange interviews. Recommended that interested students contact project supervisor(s) directly to discuss opportunity. 
  3. Project supervisor(s)/student are encouraged to discuss project duration, expectations, schedules, and timelines in advance of agreeing to work together. 
  4. Successful project supervisor(s)/student pairing is made.

Step 5:  Application to IU-SSRP and EOU-SSRP funding programs.
If the student is eligible to apply for the IU-SSRP and EOU-SSRP funding programs, a project supervisor(s)/student pair must then complete and submit the Application for Indigenous Undergraduate-SSRP or Enhanced Opportunities Undergraduate-SSRP Funding Form and submit via email to Litsa Blanis at by March 17, 2022, 4:00 p.m. PST. Only one project supervisor(s)-student pair funding application will be accepted per program.

IU-SSRP and EOU-SSRP Funding Application Deadline: March 17, 2022, 4:00 p.m. PST

SSRP Research Project List

Please note the date of the Project List and check back periodically to ensure you have the most current version, as additional projects may be added prior to the application deadline.

Project List


  • January: Launch of 2022 SSRP competition.
  • February 15, 2022 at 4.00 p.m. PST: SSRP Application Deadline.
  • Mid-February - March: Project supervisor(s) application review/student interview phase; successful pairings/job offers are made; end of application process if not applying for IU-SSRP and EOU-SSRP Funding Programs.
  • March 17, 2022, 4:00 p.m. PST: IU-SSRP and EOU-SSRP Funding Application Deadline for eligible project supervisor(s)/student pairs. 
  • Late March - Early April: IU and EOU SSRP Awards Review Committee meets to review IU and EOU-SSRP applications and make funding decisions.
  • Early April: IU and EOU SSRP Funding Notice of Decisions are distributed to applicants.
  • May - August 2022: Summer work term.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Program

If you are an undergraduate student enrolled in a bachelor's degree program with an interest in working on research and development projects at a University, you may be eligible to apply for an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). Through these awards, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) subsidizes eligible faculty members to hire students to work on their research projects. These awards can be held in the summer term (May 1 – August 31, 2022).
Deadline for NSERC-USRA Applications to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Summer 2022 Competition:  March 3, 2022, 4:00 p.m. PST

Learn more

SSRP Information Session

The 2022 Undergraduate SSRP Information Session was hosted virtually on Wednesday February 3, 2022. Thank you to those of you who were able to join us. We hope you found the session informative and useful.

Materials from 2022 session:

Click here to view the presentation slides.

Program Contacts

SSRP Coordinator: Dr. Ricky Turgeon
SSRP Administrator: Litsa Blanis