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Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering


What is SURE?

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering program offers summer research traineeships valued at a minimum of $5,625.  A portion of these traineeships are available through the NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA) program, while the rest are funded through the Faculty of Engineering, the Trottier Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Design (TISED), and by generous donations to the Faculty.

SURE students work closely with a McGill Engineering professor on one of their research projects for 16 weeks in the summer. The program provides exposure to the research experience as well as opportunities to learn more about the graduate school experience and about careers in research.

The traineeships funded through the Faculty of Engineering are available to all eligible McGill undergraduate students irrespective of their citizenship or immigration status and to a limited number of students external to McGill, both Canadian and international. If selected, non-McGill students will be expected to obtain the appropriate visa documents and insurance found at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They will also be required to register at McGill as an Undergraduate Research Trainee.

The SURE experience

Young minds at McGill Engineering can rub shoulders with some of the world's leading thinkers through paid summer internships at McGill labs and research institutes. SURE gives Faculty of Engineering undergrads an opportunity to learn the finer points of graduate work, or eventual careers in research.

SURE 2015 Participants

General Information

Contact Information: MESC FDA22 or SURE-Info [dot] Engineering [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

SURE Events

The ‘How to Apply to SURE Information Session’ will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in Macdonald-Harrington Building, room G-10.  Anyone interested in applying for SURE 2015 must attend this information session. Please register via MyFuture (under “Workshops”, keyword search: MESC).


Application Form  *Deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Summer semester at my University is less than 16 weeks.  Can the SURE program be shortened to accommodate my schedule?
    Unfortunately, to be eligible for the SURE program, students MUST be able to commit 16 weeks of full-time work.  If your summer is shorter, you may wish to explore the possibility of working in a lab independently of the SURE program.  For independent undergraduate research, the student is responsible for finding a research supervisor and registration as an Undergraduate Research Trainee
  • What if I don’t have 3.0 CGPA?
    As SURE is considered to be a scholarship/award, only students having a CGPA of 3.0 or higher will be considered. If you do not have a CGPA of 3.0, you may apply to work with your professor independent of the SURE program.  International/External to McGill students should refer to the Degree Equivalency website for North American GPA equivalencies.
  • How do I know if I qualify for a professors’ research area?
    Seek out the professor and discuss your candidacy with him/her; you don’t know until you try.
  • Is there a formal way to contact the professors?
    You can contact a professor by email to book an appointment or visit them during their office hours. Non-McGill students may contact the professor via email or telephone as an appointment would not be necessary. Please note that the SURE Administration Office cannot contact professors on behalf of students.
  • Where do I submit my application form?
    The application must be completed online and printed. Printed application forms and your Official Transcript must be submitted directly to the professor. Deadline:  January 30, 2015. Non-McGill students may submit their application and supporting documentation by email directly to the professor.
  • What is length of program and how much work is involved per week?
    SURE starts in May and lasts 16 weeks and you can expect to work a full work week of approximately 35 hours.
  • Do I get vacations/days off?
    You can make arrangements with your supervisor to take time off and make up the hours at another time. ie. Working an extra hour a day or coming in on a Saturday.
  • If I decline the Offer of Award, will I be eligible for another research project?
    Applicants will only be selected for one award (therefore, please ensure that you would be equally willing to work on any of the projects you apply to).  If you decline your Offer of Award, it is because you no longer wish to participate in the SURE Program and you will not be selected for further opportunities.
  • Can I submit additional paperwork, ie CV?
    The only required documents are the printed application form and transcript. Note, however, that you may be required to submit other documents to the professor along with your application
  • I graduate in May, am I still eligible?
    Yes, you can apply up to a year after graduation.
  • How will I be notified that I have received a SURE?
    The first round of acceptance emails will be sent by mid-February.
  • Can graduate students apply?
    SURE is available to undergraduate students only. 
  • Are we taxed?
    This is a scholarship, therefore, you are not.
  • How do I know how much my supervisor is paying me?
    The SURE award is valued at $5,625.00 however, you may discuss directly with your supervisor.
  • What kind of visa is required for non-McGill students?
    International students are required to research the visa requirements at: http://www.international.gc.ca/experience/ or http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index-can.asp. Students without the appropriate visas will not be paid.  Please note: The University is unable to provide a Human Resources Development Canada authorization (i.e. Labour Market Opinion) to support visa applications.
  • My University’s semester ends after May 1. Can I apply for SURE?
    Students are encouraged to discuss slight changes to the start and end date of their SURE project with their supervisors. As long as you are available for the full 16 week period, slight changes may be accommodated for external students.
  • Is the SURE Program available year-round?
    The SURE Program is offered in the summer (May-August) only. If you wish to work in a lab throughout the rest of the year, you must arrange to do so directly with your intended supervisor. International students should review the requirements for McGill Undergraduate Research Trainees at www.mcgill.ca/students/records/trainees

SURE 2014 Poster Winners

Faculty Category: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
Matthias Rivollier
Sustainability in Aerospace Composites Manufacturing: Squeeze Flow Testing of Recycling Prepreg
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Professor Pascal Hubert

Faculty Category: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology 
Will Dickerson
Demonstration of Bolometric Response in Free-Standing Reduced Graphene Oxide
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Supervisor: Thomas Szkopek

Faculty Category: Aerospace 
Michael Hinton
Effect of Turbulence on Micro-Air Vehicles
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Laurent Mydlarski

Faculty Category: Aerospace 
Maximilien Brodel Kalous
Quality and performance of composite bonded repairs
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Pascal Hubert

Faculty Category: Bioengineering 
Mauricio Venegas
New toughened glasses inspired from nature
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: François Barthelat

Faculty Category: Bioengineering 
Simon Silva-Da Cruz
A Microindentation System for Elastic and Viscoelastic Characterization of Soft Materials
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Xinyu Liu

Faculty Category: Information and Communication Technologies
Mohammad Mushfiqur Rahman
Graphical User Interface for Multi-parameter Medical Sensor Device
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Supervisor: Quang-Dung Ho

Faculty Category: General 
Ayman Ahmed
Reactor Modelling using Computational Fluid Dynamics
Department of Chemical Engineering
Supervisor: Jan Kopyscinski

Faculty Category: General 
Benjamin Brown
Reactor Modelling using Computational Fluid Dynamics
Department of Electrical Engineering
Supervisor: Jan Kopyscinski

TISED Prizes 2014

TISED Category: Energy and Carbon Footprints
Justin Hayto
Flame propagation speed in aluminum suspensions with varying oxygen and inert diluent concentrations
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: David Frost


TISED Category: Sustainable design and construction of the built environment
Julia Bond
Time-dependent deformation and properties of Queenston Shale
Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Supervisor: Patrick Selvadurai

TISED Category: Water & Environment
Shawn Chahal
Effect of Engineered Nanoparticles on Activity of Extracellular Nutrient-Cycling Enzymes in Soil Systems: Role of Nanoparticle Bioaccessibility (Size and Coating)
Department of Chemical Engineering
Supervisor: Nathalie Tufenkji


SURE International

The Antje Graupe Pryor Foundation Program

  • The Antje Graupe Pryor Foundation has joined forces with McGill's Faculty of Engineering to provide paid summer internships in European research labs for Engineering undergrads who want to get a head start on graduate work or future research careers. Award amounts vary.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Department student Tyler Manning-Dahan explains the impact that his internship in Germany had on his life.

Schull Yang International Research Award- Engineering

  • Additional funding is available to support McGill engineering students who are accepted to participate in a summer internship outside of Canada. Award amounts vary.

International SURE Opportunities

To apply for Summer-term SURE-International funding, an application form  will be available on this website beginning  March of each year.

For more information, please contact Engineering SURE Info sure-info [dot] engineering [at] mcgill [dot] ca