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Biochemistry Undergraduate
Summer Research Program

(BUSRP)

2014

 

Description   Eligibility   Stipend/Duration   How to Apply   Deadline

Notification   Review Process   Contact   Q&A   Testimonials

Successful Applicants (2009-14)



photo of 2013 students and participating faculty in Summer Research Program

Participants from the 2013 summer research program


Our 2013 Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Program (BUSRP) was popular. From 72 applications, we were able to offer 7 studentships to undergraduate students from Western. During the summer, students participated in research projects and presented their work as posters in August. In addition, students attended our popular pizza lunches featuring presentations from Biochemistry graduate students.

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


Description


Eligibility

Western Undergraduate Students

Are you ineligible?

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Stipend and Program Duration


How to Apply

  1. Check out the list of participating faculty and their research projects.
  2. Fill out the application form. Applicants are encouraged to list their top three choices of faculty/research projects on their applications (optional). NOTE: deadline has now passed.
  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 the Student Services website (see top right hand corner of their screen). 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.
  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:

    For separate files: 
    firstname_lastname_form.pdf      (for example: Jo_Smith_form.pdf)
    firstname_lastname_transcript.pdf
    firstname_lastname_CV.pdf 

  6. Ask an individual familiar with your work to write a letter of reference (see Questions and Answers section #2-6 for details). The author of the letter must send it as a PDF to Lynn Weir (Lynn.Weir@schulich.uwo.ca) 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

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Notification


Review Process


Contact


If you have questions, check the Questions and Answers section below before contacting:

Dr. Lynn Weir
Dept. of Biochemistry
Medical Sciences Building M348
Western University
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C1

Telephone: 519-661-2111 (ext. 84561)
Lynn.Weir@schulich.uwo.ca


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Questions and Answers (Q&A)

  1. What if I do not have any lab experience outside of first year Chemistry/Biology/Physics labs and my second year Organic Chemistry labs (2213A/2223B)?
  2. Who should write the reference letter?
  3. Can I submit multiple reference letters?
  4. To whom should the reference letter be addressed?
  5. What should the reference letter discuss?
  6. Does the reference letter need to be delivered with the rest of my application?
  7. I am currently on an internship year after completing my 3rd year of the Honors Specialization of Biochemistry Program at Western. What should I put for the "Year of Study?"
  8. What are the typical work hours for a student position?
  9. Can the minimum requirement of 85% for Biochemistry 2280A be lowered?
  10. Must 3rd year students have >85% in Biochemistry 2280A?
  11. What is the minimum average required for 3rd year students to be chosen for the BUSRP?
  12. Where can I get an unoffical transcript of my marks?
  13. Do applicants have to be in a Biochemistry module to be chosen for the BUSRP?
  14. What if I am ineligible or not selected for the BUSRP?

 

  1. What if I do not have any lab experience outside of first year Chemistry/Biology/Physics labs and my second year Organic Chemistry labs (2213A/2223B)?
  1. Who should write the reference letter?
  1. Can I submit multiple reference letters?
  1. To whom should the reference letter be addressed?
  1. What should the reference letter discuss?
  1. Does the reference letter need to be delivered with the rest of my application?
  1. I am currently on an internship year after completing my 3rd year of the Honors Specialization of Biochemistry Program at Western. What should I put for the "Year of Study?"
  1. What are the typical work hours for a student position?
  1. Can the minimum requirement of 85% for Biochemistry 2280A be lowered?
  1. Must 3rd year students have >85% in Biochemistry 2280A?
  1. What is the minimum average required for 3rd year students to be chosen for the BUSRP?
  1. Where can I get an unoffical transcript of my marks?
  1. Do applicants have to be in a Biochemistry module to be chosen for the BUSRP?
  1. What if I am ineligible or not selected for the BUSRP?
    Where else can I apply for summer employment as a back-up plan?

 

Testimonials


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."


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Last updated by L. Weir, Jan 2014.