Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Program (BUSRP)

photo of 2017 summer students and faculty

 Some of the participants from the 2017 summer research program

Our 2017 Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Program (BUSRP) was popular. From 61 applications, we were able to offer 10 studentships to undergraduate students from Western. In addition, 59 other students worked or volunteered in the Dept. During the summer, students have been participating in research projects and attended our popular pizza lunches featuring research presentations from Biochemistry graduate students.

Are you interested in working in a research lab this summer?
Come join our team!



  • The Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Program provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to obtain research experience during the summer.
  • Students will have the chance to participate in one of the many exciting research projects currently being carried out within the Department of Biochemistry under the supervision of one of our faculty members.
  • We have 5 studentship positions available, but the number filled depends on the number of faculty projects offered.


Eligibility rules have changed for the 2018 BUSRP - please read carefully:

Students are encouraged to apply if they have a genuine interest in Biochemistry research and meet the following criteria:

Western Undergraduate Students
  • 2nd-year students who have achieved a grade of 85% or higher in Biochemistry 2280A (no exceptions)
  • 3rd-year students who have achieved a grade of 75% or higher in Biochemistry 3381A (no exceptions)
  • For 2nd- and 3rd-year students, your 2018 Intent to Register selection must make you eligible to perform a 4th-year research project in the lab of a Biochemistry faculty member.

Undergraduate Students Outside of Western
  • 3rd-year students enrolled in a Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, or Genetics program at a Canadian university

Are you ineligible? See FAQ #14 for other options.

Note - former BUSRP students are welcome to apply again as long as they are eligible.

Stipend and Program Duration

  • A stipend of $6000 will be paid to each student
  • Work term is 2 May to 17 August 2018

How to Apply

If you are not a Western student, contact Dr. Lynn Weir ( for obtaining access to the online submission system. Then, follow the numbered instructions below. 

Western students should go to the OWL (Sakai) system and log in. Click on Membership in the left hand menu bar of 'My Workspace' page. Click on "joinable" sites. Find BUSRP in the list, and click on "join". Wait a few moments, then log out of OWL and log back in. BUSRP should be in your list of active sites. Follow the instructions below and in OWL for submitting the application online:

  1. Check out the list of participating faculty and their research projects for 2018. 

  2. Fill out the application form. Applicants are encouraged to list their top three choices of faculty/research projects on their applications (optional). 

  3. Prepare your resume. Include your current address and telephone number; permanent address and telephone number; and Western student number.

  4. Obtain an unofficial transcript. For Western students, you can get an unofficial transcript by logging in from Student Services. We will accept screenshots of your transcript. Be sure to include your name and/or student number on the transcript. Send a complete transcript showing your marks for all university years. Note that official transcripts may be required at a later date for students from outside of Western.

  5. Submit your application form, resume, and transcript online through the OWL (Sakai) system using the worksite BUSRP. Submit your files as separate PDFs. Use the following file naming format:

    firstname_lastname_form.pdf (For example: Jo_Smith_form.pdf)

  6. Ask an individual familiar with your work to write a letter of reference (see FAQ #2-6). The author of the letter must send it as a PDF to Dr. Lynn Weir ( by the deadline date. Hard copy letters will not be accepted. The author of the letter should use official letterhead from the place of employment and include position, work e-mail, work address, and work telephone number.

Application Deadline

Completed online applications and supporting documentation must be received by 8 March 2018 at 4 pm. 


  • Results of the competition will be announced on this website in late March or early April. See list of successful applicants.
  • Successful applicants will also be notified by e-mail.
  • We urge applicants to have a back-up plan for summer employment, in case their BUSRP applications are unsuccessful. We suggest that you apply elsewhere, in addition to your BUSRP application. See FAQ #14 for options.

Review Process

Each application will be assessed on the basis of the applicant’s academic merit, interest in research, and reference letter.


Check out what our former BUSRP students liked about the program:

"Learning about wide scope and application/impact of research; gaining real life experience; meeting great people; participating in Biochem Dept."

"Got to see how the stuff learned in the classroom is applied in the lab."

"Being involved purely in research for a given amount of time and not having to juggle a full class load and lab work."

"The great people in my lab. The chance to apply the last 3 years of school in the work place."

"My lab; my research project; the informative pizza lunches; poster session."

"The ability to do research in a lab environment. Seeing the research each prof does and learning from that."

"Fairly interesting projects and good teaching of new skills to inexperienced students."

"I loved my project - very interesting. Dept. of Biochem. provided a very warm and inviting environment."

"Relaxed environment. Everyone was very helpful and the program was well run and well structured."

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Check out our FAQ page.


If you have questions, check the FAQ before contacting:

Dr. Lynn Weir
Department of Biochemistry
Medical Sciences Building M348
Western University
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C1
t. 519.661.2111, ext. 84561