Summer Student Research Program

The Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program (FoM SSRP) provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to explore their interest in medical research by undertaking a project during the summer, under the supervision of a principal investigator who holds an appointment in the Faculty of Medicine.

Students

MD (years 1 and 3) and non-MD undergraduate students registered at UBC. Dentistry, nursing, and non-UBC students are not eligible.

Application Process for Students

Supervisors

Faculty appointed in the UBC Faculty of Medicine (includes affiliate appointments) at the rank of Instructor or higher (includes clinical) are eligible.

Application Process for Supervisors

Deadline

This competition is currently closed. The deadline for summer 2017 was February 15, 2017. The next competition (for summer 2018) will open in December 2017.

Selected Past Projects

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The effects of omega-3s on neuron growth

January 7, 2015

In the summer of 2014, SSRP participant Ryan Heron, Island Medical Program Class of 2017, had the opportunity to work with supervisors Dr. Brian Christie, Affiliate Professor, and Dr. Patrick Nahirney, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, to study the effects of a nutritional supplement—omega-3 fatty acids—on the growth of neurites, the […]

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Learning “…to provide culturally safe care”

May 16, 2012

“Since 2001, BC’s Aboriginal peoples experienced ‘worsening trends’…including increased rates of HIV/AIDS, use of prescription drugs, poor housing, low birth weights, and the number of children who live as governmental wards. Since 1992, Status-Indian men maintained the lowest life expectancy of any group in the province, dying almost 10 years earlier than non-Aboriginal women, the […]

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Efficacy of novel movement treatment regimes in decreasing spasticity

January 12, 2017

Project title: Efficacy of Novel Movement Treatment Regimes in Decreasing Spasticity Supervisor: Dr. Paul Zehr Can you describe your project? After stroke there are changes in arm and leg coordination as well as increased muscle activity and spasticity in some muscles, which cause problems during walking. Because of this, many stroke survivors have flexed postures […]

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Proactive molecular-based classification tools to improve endometrial cancer management

April 26, 2017

The Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program allows students to gain valuable research experience to help them prepare for successful careers in the field of health care. In the United States, 60,000 women are diagnosed with endometrial cancer each year and 11,000 will die from their disease. Most patients can be treated by surgery […]

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Skin cancer risk reduction in organ transplant recipients

June 4, 2015

Sarah Baldwin, a student in the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program, discusses her 2014 SSRP project, which examined skin cancer prevention in organ transplant recipients. Describe FoM SSRP you were involved in? SB: While skin cancers comprise nearly 40% of malignancies in organ transplant recipients – with nearly 70% of fair-skinned recipients affected within 20 years […]

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Contributing to the health of Aboriginal communities

October 23, 2014

Students participating in the Faculty of Medicine’s Summer Student Research Program gain valuable real-world experiences that inspire them to pursue careers in research, become life-long learners, and develop the skills needed to respond to the fast-moving world of health care. In the summer of 2013, SSRP participant Luke Hughson, Northern Medical Program Class of 2016, […]

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Cancer patients and online resources: critical evaluation is key

July 20, 2015

Jane McLeod, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program Class of 2017, discusses her Summer Student Research Program project conducted at the B.C. Cancer Agency. Can you describe the research project you were involved with last summer? JM:  I worked with Dr. Ingledew at the BC Cancer Agency, Fraser Valley Centre (Surrey) to look at the quality of […]

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Diabetes prevention in Vancouver’s South Asian community

April 16, 2015

Kirandeep Kaur Kandola, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program Class of 2017, discusses her 2014 SSRP project, which examined diabetes in Vancouver’s South Asian community. Please briefly describe the SSRP project you were involved in. KK: I had the opportunity to be a member of the Prevention Matters research team under Dr. Tricia Tang this past summer. […]

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The effects of glucagon suppression and leptin on diabetes

January 28, 2016

Currently, 3.4 million Canadians have diabetes. This number is expected to increase by 44% within the next 10 years, raising the number of Canadian diabetic patients to 5 million. Approximately 10% of diabetes cases are type 1 diabetes, for which patients require multiple daily insulin injections. Insulin treatment helps manage type 1 diabetes but this […]

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Efficacy of cycling rehabilitation on post-stroke locomotion

July 20, 2015

In the summer of 2011, Kulveer Parhar, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program Class of 2014, visited Victoria to participate in a SSRP research project supervised by Dr. Paul Zehr. Please briefly describe SSRP project you were involved in. KP: I worked along PhD candidate Taryn Klarner on a pilot project investigating the efficacy of an arm […]

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Clinical trial for treatment of bladder cancer

July 20, 2015

In the summer of 2012, Colin Lundeen, Island Medical Program Class of 2015, spent two months working on a project with Dr. Gary Steinhoff of Pacific Urologic Research, investigating the safety and efficacy of a new drug in the treatment of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer.  This ongoing clinical trial involves patients with bladder cancer who […]

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Proliferating killer T cells and survival in ovarian cancer

July 20, 2015

Katrina Genuis, Island Medical Program Class of 2015, worked at the BC Cancer Agency Deeley Research Centre in Victoria in the summer of 2012. She discusses her project and what she learned from the experience. Project title: Proliferating Killer T Cells and Survival in Ovarian Cancer Supervisor: Dr. Brad Nelson, founding director of the Deeley […]

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The relationship between recreational drug use and on-site medical services at electronic dance music events

April 18, 2016

The explosive rise in the number of people attending music festivals in recent years has also brought with it a drastic spike in drug misuse and overdoses. In 2014, thirteen deaths were linked to illicit drug use during music festivals. Many festivals recognize the importance and value of having expanded medical services (i.e. services in […]

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The effect of homelessness on health care use

December 11, 2013

Melissa Carr (Communications Coordinator, VFMP) Adrienne Cheung, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program Class of 2016, stands amid the hustle and bustle of St. Paul’s Hospital. She has just returned home from Toronto, after spending some time with her family. Cheung is waiting for Dr. Anita Palepu, a nationally renowned general internist. Dr. Palepu weaves her way […]

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