Summer Student Research Program

The Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program (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.


MD (years 1 and 2) and non-MD undergraduate students registered at UBC. Dentistry, nursing, and non-UBC students are not eligible.

Application Process for Students


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


This competition is currently closed. The deadline for summer 2015 projects was February 13, 2015. The next competition (for projects occurring in summer 2016) will open in winter 2015. 

Past Projects


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 […]


The effect of homelessness on health care use

December 11, 2013

Melissa Carr (Communications Coordinator, VFMP) Adrienne Cheung, a second year VFMP student, 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 through a […]

Water drop on skin

Skin cancer risk reduction in organ transplant recipients

June 4, 2015

Sarah Baldwin, a student in the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program, discusses her 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 of transplant […]

Luke Hughson, Northern Medical Program Class of 2016, spent the summer researching gaps in cancer care experienced in isolated Aboriginal communities, such as Haida Gwaii.

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. SSRP participant Luke Hughson, Northern Medical Program Class of 2016, and his supervisor, Dr. Robert […]