Synergy Research Program

Hands-On Research Experience

The SBME Synergy Undergraduate Summer Research Program is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain paid hands-on research experience in one of UBC’s world-class biomedical engineering labs; partners include researchers from the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), the Genome Science and Technology Graduate Program (GSAT), and of course, SBME.

During the program, students will work on a defined research project with a UBC supervisor, participate in professional development programming, network at student socials, and present their research at our Synergy Research Day (August 13, 2024).

The program takes place May-August 2024 in-person at UBC’s Point Grey Campus and affiliate Vancouver-based laboratories.

Curious about the types of research Synergy students conduct? Check out our past students’ projects.

View Past Projects

About our partners

SBME is thrilled to partner with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), the Genome Science and Technology Graduate Program (GSAT) to provide the Synergy program. With their support, Synergy is able to support more students by providing more awards. Their involvement enriches the program by diversifying the types of research projects students can work on, and reflects the interconnectedness of our disciplines. Students interested in the Synergy program may work with a PI from any of these participating partners.

Interested in Applying?


To be eligible to apply to the SBME Synergy Summer Program, students must: 

1. Be a current undergraduate student during the program period: May – August 25, 2024 

2. Be under the supervision of a PI/PDF/RA from one of our partner organizations 

3. Be able to work 30 hours/week in the lab of one of our partner organizations in Vancouver 

4. Be able to participate in all Synergy programming, which takes place in-person at UBC Vancouver 

Synergy students are not permitted to accept any additional funding during the program period (May 1 – August 31, 2024). This includes UBC SSRP, NSERC URSA, and WLIURA. 


Find the right supervisor for you. Best practice is to send them a polished resume, cover letter, your transcript and/or a statement of interest.

SBME Supervisors DMCBH Supervisors GSAT Supervisors


Have you reviewed the application criteria, made sure you’re eligible and locked-in a supervisor? Then you’re ready to apply. Your application will include:

1. Project Description

One page summary, size 11 standard font (Times New Roman, Garamond, etc.). Must include the name of the supervisor, how the student will participate and what the student is expected to learn.

2. Student Resume

Two-pages maximum including all relevant contact information.

3. Signed Award Agreement

Participants (PI included) must sign and submit the award conditions agreement.

Submit your application below and best of luck! Successful applicants will be notified April 15.
Application Deadline: March 29.

Travel Award

The School of Biomedical Engineering is committed to facilitating equitable access to the Synergy program. Travel awards are available for students travelling to UBC from out of province or country. Priority will be given to students from equity-deserving groups who have been historically, persistently, and systemically marginalized from and within higher education, and who demonstrate a financial need.


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

Yes! International students who are currently registered at UBC are eligible to apply.

I am a student studying outside of UBC. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes! Students who are currently registered at a recognized Canadian university are eligible to apply. Reminder: the program takes place at UBC, not your home university. Remote participation is not permitted

I received a Summer Studentship award in the past. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, past awardees are eligible to apply; however, funding is not guaranteed.

When will successful applicants be announced?

Funding decisions will be announced in April.

Can I accept the Synergy Summer Studentship award in addition to another summer research award?

Although students are encouraged to apply for all eligible funding competitions to maximize their funding chances, the Synergy Summer Studentship award cannot be combined with any other award for the eligible time period. Thus, if the SBME Synergy application is successful, students are NOT eligible to hold both an SBME Synergy Summer Studentship and any other funding (including UBC SSRP) during the funding period (May 2, 2023 to August 26, 2023).

What if I applied for UBC SSRP funding and won’t get those results until April/May?

We recognize that the timing of the UBC SSRP award doesn’t align well with the SBME Synergy award. We will hold your Synergy spot for you until you receive your SSRP results. At that point, you will need to notify us of which award you want to accept. We just ask that you notify us as soon as you can so that we can offer your spot to another student if you decline the Synergy award.

Do I have to attend all of the Synergy events? Will they be offered virtually? Can I participate in the program remotely?

Attending all of the Synergy events is a requirement of the Synergy award. This year the events will be held in-person, not virtually or hybrid. Remote participation in the program is not permitted. If you unexpectedly need to miss an event due to a personal emergency, please just let us know.

I am graduating in May. Can I still apply?

Unfortunately no. The SBME Synergy Undergraduate Studentship program is specifically for current undergraduate students. You must be an undergraduate student for the duration of the program (May to August 2024).

Do I need to provide a backup remote project plan?

No, this year we don’t require a backup remote project plan.

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