Students


Deadline: March 15, 2021 (4:00 p.m. PST)
2021 Competition now closed


Eligibility

  • The competition is only open to currently registered UBC undergraduate students.
  • Undergraduate students must be registered in a direct-entry UBC undergraduate program at the time of application (the summer studentship can be held immediately after graduation). Due to UBC award regulations, unclassified students are not eligible.
  • Students in direct-entry health professions in Nursing, Pharmacy, Speech & Audiology, Genetic Counselling, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are eligible to apply as they are considered undergraduate students.
  • All students must be in good academic standing and students must also have a minimum GPA of 75% to be deemed eligible.
  • Note that this year’s funding period must occur between May 3, 2021 – August 31, 2021.
  • Non-MD undergraduate students:
    • are eligible in years 2-4 of their program
    • will receive a minimum of $8,321.60 for 16-weeks of full-time research experience
    • must be eligible to conduct research for 16-weeks (non-consecutively) between the time period of May 3, 2021—Aug. 31, 2021
  • MD undergraduate students:
    • are eligible in year 1 of their program
    • will receive $3,200 for 8-weeks of full-time research experience
    • must be eligible to conduct research for 8-weeks (non-consecutively) between the time period of June 1, 2021-Aug. 31, 2021
  • Students must attend three workshops (TBA) to be eligible for funding.
  • Students that have applied for the 2021 FoM SSRP summer studentship may also apply for MRPM funding.
  • Although students are encouraged to apply for all eligible funding competitions, only one summer research studentship may be accepted for the eligible time period (i.e. either NSERC USRA, SSRP, or MRPM).
  • Up to three students will be chosen for each awarded research project:
    • Two non-MD undergraduate students (required)
    • One MD undergraduate student

Application Process

FoM MRPM Student Applications must be submitted by eligible students. If a student plans to work with a particular supervisor, the student is responsible for ensuring that the supervisor applies separately via the Supervisor application process.

  • Each student may only submit one FoM MRPM application
  • Students will be asked to complete an application providing contact information and student statement.
  • Students are no longer required to submit transcripts. Student grades will still be used in the evaluation process for non-MD students, but they will be obtained internally. The Application Form asks applicants to give consent for their grades to be accessed. Do not include letters of reference, CVs or any additional documentation with your application.
  • Supervisors will be informed of successful application in late March. Once projects are approved, supervisors will be given at least two weeks to interview student applicants. Tentative dates for student interviews will be between March 31, 2021 – April 16, 2021, although these dates are subject to change slightly.
  • Supervisor pairs will choose 2 non-MD undergraduates (and 1 MD undergraduate, if needed) from a list of eligible students provided following project award announcement.
  • Award notices will be sent out to successful students in mid-April. Students must confirm award acceptance prior to starting research project. Students are permitted to choose only one summer research project (i.e. NSERC USRA, FoM SSRP, etc.).

Deadline

A complete application must be submitted via the online application system by March 15, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. PST. 2021 Competition now closed.


If your application is not successful:

  • Applicants will be contacted in mid-late April with the results of the adjudication process.
  • Unfortunately, many excellent projects may be unable to be funded due to the limited scope of this pilot project.

If your application is successful:

  • Applicants will be contacted in mid-late April with the results of the adjudication process.
  • Successful applicants will receive their stipend via the Student Services Centre (SSC).
  • The FoM MRPM will also purchase student accident insurance for all successful awardees for the duration of their placement.
  • Students will be required to complete a brief project summary report and an online evaluation after the completion of their studentship. Additional details will be sent to successful applicants via email.

Students with special circumstances, such as multiple award offers, are encouraged to contact us.


FAQs

I’m not a UBC student. Can I still apply?

  • This competition is only open to currently registered UBC students.

I am a part-time student at UBC. Am I eligible to apply?

  • Please email med.studentresearch@ubc.ca ca to discuss your eligibility. Please include your graded credit course load over the previous 4 winter terms as well.

I am an Unclassified student at UBC. Am I eligible to apply?

  • The FoM MRPM is paid as an award and due to UBC award regulations unclassified students are no longer eligible for this program.

Are international students eligible to apply?

  • Yes, currently registered UBC international students are eligible to apply.

Can I hold this award in my graduating year?

  • Non-MD undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this award in their graduating year as long as they are registered as a UBC student as of March 2021 and meet all other eligibility criteria.

Can I hold this award if I am in the MD/PhD Program?

  • Unfortunately, we are unable to open it to MD/PhD students at this time. MD/PhD students are classified as graduate students. We are opening up this pilot project to undergraduate students only this year.

Are direct-entry students in the health professions eligible to apply?

  • Yes, students in direct-entry health professions in Nursing, Pharmacy, Speech & Audiology, Genetic Counselling, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are eligible to apply as they are considered undergraduate students.

Can students hold both a FoM SSRP and a FoM MRPM for the same time period?

  • No, the FoM MRPM is a full-time commitment and you may not hold two concurrent summer studentships. Students can only hold one source of summer research funding (i.e. FoM SSRP, FoM MRPM, or FoM NSERC USRA). If you are offered more than one award, you must only accept one. Knowingly accepting multiple summer studentships that overlap with one-another without prior approval constitutes academic misconduct, and may jeopardize future funding opportunities and applications with the Faculty of Medicine.

Are Co-op students eligible to apply?

  • Due to the way in which the funds are awarded and administered it is not possible to hold a FoM MRPM award as part of a co-op placement.

Can students hold a FoM MRPM and a Work/Learn?

  • Typically no. The FoM MRPM is a full-time research award and other awards should be declined. There may be some instances where this may not be the case. Please email med.studentresearch@ubc.ca for more information and to ensure feasibility.

I am in Science One and do not receive my grades until the end of term 2, am I still eligible to apply?

  • Please email med.studentresearch@ubc.ca ca to discuss your eligibility.

I am in the UBC-BCIT joint Honours in Biotechnology program, am I eligible to apply?

  • Most likely, but please contact us at med.studentresearch@ubc.ca to confirm your eligibility. Please include your student number and confirm that we have your permission to look at your registration record in the body of the email.

Do I have to submit transcripts with my application?

  • We use the Student Information System (SIS) to access student grades. Students are asked to consent to this process on the FoM MRPM application form. Students in non-standard programs where grades will not be available within their SSC Grades Summary should contact the FoM MRPM coordinator directly med.studentresearch@ubc.ca to make arrangements to obtain grades via other channels in advance of the deadline.

How will GPA be calculated for non-MD and MD students?

  • non-MD students GPA calculation will include the best 24 graded credits from two academic terms. To be eligible this GPA calculation must be over 75%. 2020W Term 2 (Jan-Apr 2021) grades are not included because the term ends after the FoM MRPM application deadline. The GPA calculation does not typically include grades from any summer sessions, part-time terms, co-op terms, and courses taken for Cr/D/Fail. First year and transfer students with fewer than 24 credits completed at UBC by the application deadline will evaluated based on all grades currently available on SSC, as well as any interim grades. In some cases, we may ask for transcripts from your previous institution. As outlined on the website, the onus is on the student to provide any grades not available from the SSC/Student Information System (e.g. interim grades, students doing joint degrees with other institutions etc.). UBC-BCIT Honours students should contact med.studentresearch@ubc.ca prior to application to ensure eligibility.
  • MD students need to be in good standing and award eligible. This will be confirmed by the Research Coordinator in consultation with the MD Undergraduate Program after student application.


More questions?

Please email the Student Research & Education Coordinator at med.studentresearch@ubc.ca.