SBME Synergy

Hands-On Research Experience

Welcome to SBME Synergy, an Undergraduate Summer Research Program built on the foundations of our partnership with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), the Genome Science and Technology Graduate Program (GSAT) and the Life Sciences Institute (LSI).

This program is an opportunity to get hands-on research experience in world-class laboratories.


SBME SYNERGY is our Undergraduate Summer Research Program that runs May-August each year. Participating undergraduate students have the opportunity to get hands-on research experience with researchers from the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), the Genome Science and Technology Graduate Program (GSAT), the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) and of course, SBME. Students will work in labs at one of our partners’ Vancouver locations, and will participate in Synergy programming like social events and professional development workshops on campus at UBC Vancouver.

What you’ll do

During the program, students will work on a defined research project with a UBC supervisor, participate in professional development programming, and present their research at our Synergy Research Day.

You will benefit from research skills workshops, career development seminars, complementary social events and more, all while expanding your knowledge and experience in active research.

Travel Award

SBME Synergy is committed to facilitating equitable access to the Summer Studentship program. Travel awards have been made available by the School of Biomedical Engineering for students who have been historically, persistently, and systemically marginalized from and within higher education, and who demonstrate a financial need. 

Application Process

Program at a Glance

SBME Synergy awards are open to all undergraduate and medical students interested in working under the supervision of a Principal Investigator (PI), Research Associate (RA), or Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) from the following institutions: DMCBH, ICORD, GSAT, LSI and SBME.

Your first step is to reach out to the PI you are interested in working with. Best practice is to send them a polished resume, cover letter, your transcript and/or a statement of interest.

Once you and your supervisor have agreed to apply for the program, you will work together to complete and submit an application.

Award Description & Eligibility


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.

(Updated) APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 2, 2023

Download Award Agreement

Student Eligibility

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, 2023

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

Additional Requirement: Synergy students are not permitted to accept any additional funding during the program period (May 3 – August 25, 2023). This includes UBC SSRP, NSERC URSA, and WLIURA.

Finding a Supervisor

Find the right supervisor for you.

SBME Supervisors DMCBH Supervisors ICORD Supervisors GSAT Supervisors LSI Supervisors

Ready to Apply?

Submit Your Application

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

Submit your application below and best of luck! Successful applicants will be notified late March/Early April.


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 2, 2023 to August 26, 2023). 

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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