Summer Research Training Program (SRTP)



The goal of the Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) is to encourage medical students to pursue their interests in medical research. SRTP enables first and second year medical students in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry to work under the supervision of a faculty member on a research project during the summer months, for two years.  

Program Objectives

  • To allow medical students to gain exposure to basic and clinical research.
  • To encourage students to develop a scholarly approach to the practice of medicine.
  • To assist in choosing a career path after graduation.


  • December 7, 2020 - Project proposals due into Research Office from potential supervisors
  • December 14, 2020 - List of SRTP Projects made available to the Medicine Class of 2024. 
  • December 2020 / January 2021 - Interested students review the available projects submitted by faculty members and contact potential supervisors.
  • January 25, 2021 - Deadline for submission of completed application from students and supervisors.
  • March 2021 - Students and supervisors are informed of the funding decisions.


Students participate in SRTP for ten weeks in each of the summers following the first and second years of the MD program. SRTP requires a two year commitment from both the student and the supervisor.  


Schulich Medicine & Dentistry provides funds for two summers, in the form of a stipend, to support STRP participants. Participants will be paid at a rate of $4,500 for an entire summer.  Participants are expected to work full-time for 10 weeks on their project.


SRTP is open to students enrolled in the first year of the MD program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.  This includes students at both the London and Windsor sites.  Students enrolled in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's MD/PhD program or students concurrently enrolled in a master's program are not eligible for SRTP, nor are students who already hold a PhD. Students who already hold a master's degree and wish to participate in SRTP may not work in the same laboratory where they received their graduate training.  


Participants may be eligible for the following awards:

  • Dr. L. DeWitt Wilcox Award is given to a student who has demonstrated initiative, drive, awareness of research and the ability to persevere in completing an SRTP project. The award is intended to recognize the student's outstanding performance in research by permitting the student to present this research at the National Student Research Forum in Galveston, Texas.
  • Dr. Glen S. Wither Award for Research is given for outstanding participation in SRTP.
  • Horace and Clarice Wankel Memorial Award for Cardiovascular Research is awarded to a student demonstrating special interest in some area of research in cardiovascular diseases.
  • The Dr. Cindy M. Hutnik Award is for demonstrated excellence in SRTP and showing promise in research


Each year, approximately 18-24 students enter the first year of the program. If the number of applications exceeds the available funds, the SRTP Committee reserves the right to take into account the balance of disciplines and of types of projects in selecting participants.

Participants are required to:

  • Complete a research project, over two summers, under the supervision of a faculty member in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.
  • Attend seminars held in approximately five of the ten weeks during the summer.
  • Submit an interim report at the end of the first summer.
  • Present their project at the SRTP Student Symposium at the end of the second summer.
  • Submit a final report at the end of the second summer in competition for one of the three available prizes.
  • Depending on the source of funds, participants may be required to provide additional information to a funding agency.

Program Funding

The Summer Research Training Program is supported with funds from sources including:

  • Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Lawson Health Research Institute
  • Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada
  • Margaret A. McCullough Heart Research Fund
  • Underwood Scholarship in Diabetes