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 an opportunity to explore their interest in working within an active research environment over the summer. 

Over the course of the program, students will work full-time 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 2021 program events are contingent upon COVID-19 safety guidelines and restrictions.  

The duration of the program varies for each project, up to a maximum of 16 weeks, and students and supervisors are encouraged to discuss project expectations, schedules, and timelines in advance of agreeing to work together. 

Important changes to the program to comply with COVID-19 restrictions
Based on the present guidelines, SSRP will proceed for summer 2021. Research projects may be laboratory-based, remote, or a combination of both. However, the Faculty may require projects to be modified in the event of updated safety measures and guidelines. 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.

Application Deadline:  Friday, February 19, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.


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.

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:

  • SSRP Application Form.
  • SSRP Research Statement.                 
  • Current curriculum vitae highlighting your education, awards/honours, skills, and science-related experience.
  • 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). If your institution is not producing paper transcripts at this time, electronic official transcripts (eTranscripts) will be accepted. Please email or mail transcripts to:

Valeriia Kolesova
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 and email it to Litsa Blanis at, by Friday, February 19, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.


Faculty Stipend Funding Programs 

Although all eligible undergraduate students can apply to the SSRP, the Faculty has allocated two streams of funding 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. For those students who have self-identified as Indigenous on the Application Form, this opportunity will be discussed at the project supervisor(s)/students interview phase of the process (please see What Happens Next section below).

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. Please check back for eligibility criteria.

The IU-SSRP and EOU-SSRP funding programs are competitive and eligible to be listed as an honour 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.


What happens next?

  • Student applications are sent to project supervisor(s) for review. 
  • Project supervisor(s)/students begin the interview process. 
  • Project supervisor(s)/student pairing is made.
  • If the student is eligible to apply for the IU-SSRP and EOU-SSRP funding programs, a project supervisor(s)/student pair must send an email confirmation to that they are applying for the IU SSRP or EOU-SSRP funding streams by March 5, 2021 [12:00 p.m.]. Only one project supervisor(s)-student pair funding application will be accepted per program.


2021 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

Program Contacts

SSRP Coordinator: Dr. Sarah Hedtrich
SSRP Administrator: Litsa Blanis


NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Program – Summer 2021 Competition

If you are an undergraduate student with an interest in working on research and development projects at a University, you may be eligible to apply for a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada-Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC-USRA). NSERC subsidizes eligible faculty members to hire students to work on their research projects. Through these awards, eligible faculty members can receive a wage subsidy of $6,000 to hire an eligible student to work on research-related jobs and projects. These awards can be held in the summer (May – Aug 2021).

Deadline for Applications to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences: March 5, 2021 at 12:00 PM.

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