COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused rapid changes at BCCHR and has greatly impacted all areas of research at BC Children’s Hospital. While the health and safety of the research community is our first priority, we also realize the important contributions to research our summer students make each year. Working with our partner organizations, we have made adjustments to the planned program so we can continue to offer BCCHR Summer Studentships and host the Summer Student Research Program for 2020.

Changes include the following:

  • The 9-week education program will be held virtually. The timeline will remain as planned between Monday, June 1 to Friday, July 31. If circumstances allow, some in-person networking events may be added to the schedule. Students no longer working on research projects at BC Children’s Hospital will still be invited to participate virtually if interested
  • BCCHR Summer Studentship applications will still be assessed and applicants will be notified of the results. Students with BCCHR Summer Studentship funding will receive more information about project modifications, changes to the funding period and the award acceptance deadline. As part of the requirements, studentship recipients are expected to attend 75% of the Summer Student Research Program virtually in June and July 2020

We thank you for your patience as we deal with this unprecedented situation. We will reach out to all our applicants personally in the days ahead. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns you can reach us at

Summer Student Research Program

The Summer Student Research Program, a collaboration between the University of British Columbia, BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital & Health Care Centre, fosters research awareness and interest for undergraduate and medical students.

Each year the program attracts students from local, national and international academic institutions, and provides an opportunity to participate in research projects related to child and family health under the supervision of researchers on the Oak Street Campus.

Fast Facts: 

  • Over the last 32 years, 1,382 students have participated in the Summer Student Research Program. This includes 494 medical students, 712 undergraduate students and 176 unspecified students
  • Between 2000-2018, 990 applications for BCCHR Summer Studentships were received. 343 BCCHR Studentships were awarded (total value, approximately $1,300,000) and 118 Partnership Summer Studentships were awarded (total value, approximately $500,000)
  • In 2018, the 103 program participants came from 19 universities world-wide. Program feedback highlighted the diverse curriculum, valuable learning opportunity and vocational guidance. 100% of respondents would recommend the program to others 
  • Our summer program continues to introduce up-and-coming scientists into the world of research. Read more about our summer program alumni and where they are today

Want to know more? Review the program information or contact the Research Education Office at