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.

Each year the program attracts students from local, national and international academic institutions, and provides an opportunity to participate in research projects related to child and family health under the supervision of researchers on the Oak Street Campus.

Fast Facts: 

  • Over the last 32 years, 1,382 students have participated in the Summer Student Research Program. This includes 494 medical students, 712 undergraduate students and 176 unspecified students
  • Between 2000-2018, 990 applications for BCCHR Summer Studentships were received. 343 BCCHR Studentship were awarded (total value, approximately $1,300,000) and 118 Partnership Summer Studentships were awarded (total value, approximately $500,000)
  • In 2018, the 103 program participants came from 19 universities world-wide. Program feedback highlighted the diverse curriculum, valuable learning opportunity and vocational guidance. 100% of respondents would recommend the program to others 

Want to know more? Review the program information or contact the Research Education Office at

Program Information

The Summer Student Research Program gives students the opportunity to complete an individual research project and participate in a research education program.

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Finding a Supervisor

Before applying for the Summer Student Research Program, a student must establish a research supervisor. It is up to the student to contact potential supervisors. 

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Program Application: External Funding

Program application for students who already have funding. Sources of funding may include non-BCCHR summer student awards, funded co-op/directed study positions, international placements or research team funded positions.

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