Summer Research Studentships

BME Calgary has partnered to offer summer studentships for undergraduate students to work on biomedical engineering-related projects with researchers in a number of different partners groups across campus.

The purpose is to foster more links between BME and our partner institutes/faculties/units. Studentships are open to all undergraduates. The research must align with BME as well as the mandate of the specific partner. Preference will also be given to NEW initiatives and collaborations between researchers (co-supervisors) across faculties/units, but existing relationships are also eligible.

Applications will be evaluated based on student transcripts, proposed research and alignment with the BME and Partner mandates, as well as the potential to jump-start new projects and collaborations. 

BME partners for 2024: 

Successful students are expected to participate in the BME Undergraduate Research program activities over the May-August time frame such as weekly tutorial series and present at the BME Summer Student Symposium in August. 

BME Summer Studentship is valued at $7500 with 1/3 ($2500 each) coming from BME, funding partner (department, institute), and supervisor. 

To find a supervisor, visit our BME Supervisors. You may reach out to them directly to discuss appropriate projects. 


Applications are due by 11:59 PM (MST) on Feb. 2, 2024.
Supervisor reviews are due by 11:59 PM (MST) on Feb. 9, 2024.

Non-UCalgary Students

If you are applying as a non-UCalgary student, please visit the steps to set up a UCID and an IT Account.

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RVST 598 Course

All summer students are termed as Student Researchers and will be registered into an appropriate RVST 598 course based on the term of their summer studentship placement.  

Non-UofC students will be required to complete an online registration form for “Open Studies” through an online invitation (which is individual to a student and contains a token that gives them access to apply to only the program identified for them). However, this does NOT give the student admission to the University of Calgary. The sole purpose of completing the “Open Studies” application is to allow the student to be temporarily classified as a Student Researcher with the University of Calgary for the Spring/Summer. The student will then be manually registered for the RVST course.

Current UofC students participating in a summer studentship will manually register themselves into an applicable RVST 598 course based on the term of their studentship placement/award shortly after their studentship details are processed into the payroll system. This is NOT a formal course and is only used to provide summer students appropriate liability and WCB coverage (see below).


If you have students/are a current UofC student who will be graduating from the University of Calgary during the upcoming June (Spring) convocation (in-person ceremony postponed) you MUST notify the BME Research Coordinator ( of this status so that appropriate oversight through Enrolment Services can be arranged to ensure no issues affect this convocation/graduation status.

Maintaining your registration in this RVST 598 shell course for the duration of your summer studentship placement ensures that undergraduate students holding research awards are eligible for liability insurance and Workers’ Compensation coverage. It also recognizes a student's specific studentship award (if applicable) on their student transcript (ie. Alberta Innovates, NSERC USRA, OCSS, ACF, PURE, etc.). Please note that no grade will be received for RVST 598, no tuition will be charged and this course is not applicable towards any degree program.