Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering


Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering

SURE 2021 - offer letters

Offer letters were sent out on Feb. 23rd, 2021 (between 1:30pm-5:00pm to selected students (please verify your junk email).    

SURE 2021 December Presentation

  • December 16th, 2020 at 10am
  • SURE Presentation [pdf] (slides only)
  • SURE Presentation (January 2021 recorded session - closed captioning available).


SURE 2021 January Presentation

Poster Presentation 2020

You can view the Summer 2020 posters with the SURE 2020 App - iOS | Android


What is SURE?

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering program offers summer research traineeships.  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 participation in the SURE program will be recorded on students’ transcripts. Specific courses (FACC 351-354 – SURE Experience) have been created to offer students an official record of their participation in the SURE program.

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 (UGRT). Please find more information about UGRT here.

Budget Change to the NSERC USRA program

On December 8th, 2020, NSERC announced an increase to the value of Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA). Starting with the Summer 2021 competition, the value of the NSERC portion of the USRA will be increased from $4,500 to $6,000. The 25% minimum contribution from the university will continue, meaning that the award will have a minimum value of $7,500 for the student.

For students who do not receive a USRA, the total award will be $6,000 ($3,000 from the supervisor and $3,000 from the Faculty). This is an increase from $5,625 in previous years.

This means that students receiving a USRA will receive $7,500 and non-USRA students will receive $6000. Supervisors are encouraged to increase their contribution to non-USRA students if they are able.

• Non-USRA students: Cost-sharing for non-USRA recipients will be a required $3,000 from the supervisor and $3,000 from the Faculty.

• NSERC USRA recipients: Cost-sharing for NSERC-USRA recipients will be a required $1,500 from the supervisor to match the $6,000 from NSERC.

*NEW* Canadian Forest Sector Workforce Diversity undergraduate supplements

Value: $5,000

Information on this supplement can be found at

Students who are working on qualified projects should send an email to [at] (SURE )Program.

General Information

Contact Information: SURE-Info.Engineering [at] (Email)

Additional application information

  • Requests to cancel already submitted projects cannot be accommodated after 4pm on January 25th, 2021.
  • Please note that if you have not heard from the supervisor, please go ahead and submit the online form.
  • Students are allowed to apply for 3 projects only - 1 form per project.
  • The application form is open until the end of day, January 25th, 2021.
  • If you forgot to save the application, please send the automatic response confirmation email to the supervisor along with a copy of your transcript. Please do not resubmit a new form.

Application Dates

Application period: January 13, 2021 - January 25th, 2021.

Decisions:  week of February 22nd, 2021  

Second Round:  There will be a second round in March for those that have already applied.

Application Form

Please complete one application per project.  Please ensure to print/save to PDF so that you have something to email the professor(s).

McGill student application McGill students must apply with their McGill email address. Applications received with hotmail/gmail/etc will automatically be deleted.  Applications are no longer being accepted.

Non-McGill student application.  Applications are no longer being accepted.

SURE Events


SURE Welcome event / Engineering at Work panel

Date: June 9, 2021
Location: Online, participants will receive information by email.
Time: 5.00 - 6.30 pm 

SURE Time Management Workshop

Date: June 29, 2021
Location: Online, participants will receive information by email.
Time: 12.00-1.30 pm

SURE Poster Design Workshops

Date: July 20th and July 27th, 2021. 
Location: Online, participants will receive information by email. 
Time: 12.00-1.30 pm

SURE Poster Presentation events

Content Submission Deadline: Wednesday August 11th noon

Poster Judging and Public Viewing: Tuesday August 17th

Virtual Poster Fair: Friday August 20th


Previous SURE Prize Winners

Category: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
Recipient: Victoria Meola, Chemical Engineering
Poster title: Investigating the Effects of Microplastics and Nanoplastics On the Activity and Circadian Rhythm of Drosophila melanogaster
Supervisor: Nathalie Tufenkji


Category: Aerospace 1
Recipient: Noah Ferravotto, Mechanical Engineering
Poster title: Design of 3D-Printed Cores for Liquid Moulding
Supervisor: Pascal Hubert

Category: Aerospace 2
Recipient: Peter Wilk, Mechanical Engineering
Poster title: Triboluminescent Sensor for Sub-Millimeter Particle Detection
Supervisor: David Frost

Category: Bioengineering and Biotechnology 1
Recipient: Ran Huo, Mechanical Engineering
Poster title: New Bioreactor Design for Intervertebral Disc
Supervisor: Jianyu Li

Category: Bioengineering and Biotechnology 2
Recipient: Oliver Xie, Chemical Engineering
Poster title: Engineering conductive biomaterials using self-assembled curli fibers with a dense aromatic core
Supervisor: Dorval Courchesne

Category: General and Multidisciplinary
Recipient: Takiah Ebbs-Picken, Mechanical Engineering
Poster title: Interfacial perturbation classification of a fluid impulsively driven through a honeycomb mesh into a gas-filled cavity
Supervisor: Andrew Higgins

Category: Information and Communication Technology
Recipient: Raymond Yang, Electrical Engineering
Poster title: EBG Antenna and Self-Interference Channel Characterization for In-Band Full Duplex Wi-Fi Applications
Supervisor: Tho Le-Ngoc

Category: Energy
Recipient: Chong Yang Du, Chemical Engineering
Poster title: Effects of Graphene Nanoflakes on Water/Ice Phase Change Processes
Supervisor: Phillip Servio

Category: Society, Design and Technology
Recipient: Yuanzhe Gong, Electrical Engineering
Poster title: Spherical Massive MIMO Antenna Array – CLE key to enable future IoT technology
Supervisor: Tho Le-Ngoc

Category: Water and Environment
Recipient: Jocelyn Blanchet, Mechanical Engineering
Poster title: Thermodynamic Modelling of Aluminum-Water Power Plants
Supervisor: Jeffery Bergthorson


Category: Information and Communication Technology
Recipient: Yuanzhe Gong, Electrical Engineering
Fog vs Cloud Computing for High Bandwidth Video Stream AI, testbed for SmartCity Network Applications
Supervisor: Tho Le-Ngoc

Category: General and Multidisciplinary
Recipient: Brennan Nichyporuk, Software Engineering
Predicting Future Disease Activity in Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Supervisor: Tal Arbel

Category: Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Recipient: Armita Lee Amini, Chemical Engineering
Fabrication of Photoactive Biomaterial Using Heme Binding Protein Domains
Supervisor: Noemie-Manuelle Dorval Courchesne

Category: Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Recipient: Laura Fasanella, Mechanical Engineering
An Investigation of Vocal Fatigue Using A Dose-Based Vocal Loading Task
Supervisor: Luc Mongeau

Category: Aerospace
Recipient: Corey Miles, 
Enabling Bidirectional Thrust for Aggressive Maneuvering of a Quadrotor UAV
Supervisor: Inna Sharf

Category: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
Recipient: Abtin Ameri, 
Mechanical Analysis of Ray-Finned Fish
Supervisor: Francois Barthelat

Category: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
Recipient: Tony Ye, 
Surface Functionalization of Bioresorbable Stents to Promote Vascular Regeneration
Supervisor: Corinne Hoesli

Category: Water and Environment
Recipient: Hemanshu Anand, Chemical Engineering
Effect of Weathered Polyethylene Microplastics on Extracellular Enzyme Activity in Strawberry Topsoil
Supervisor: Nathalie Tufenkji

*not pictured*

Category: Society, Design and Technology
Recipient: Zixin He, Mechanical Engineering
Reconfigurable Materials with Tailored Thermal Expansion for Aerospace
Supervisor: Luc Mongeau

Category: Energy, Natural Resources and Sustainable Infrastructure
Recipient: Donovan Blais, Mechanical Engineering
Flow Over Cylinders with Porous Outer Layer
Supervisor: Bantwal Baliga

Category: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
Tim Ryan,  Trinity College Dublin
Supervisor: Nathalie Tufenkji

Category: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
Joseph Lu , Department of Mechanical Engineering
Reconfigurable Materials with Tailored Thermal Expansion for Aerospace
Supervisor: Damiano Pasini

Category: Aerospace 
Jonathan Arsenault, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Payload Recovery from High Altitude Using Autonomously Guided Parafoil
Supervisor: James Forbes

Category: Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Tianshuang (Sarah) Qiu, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Parallel Computation & Bacterial Tracking in Micro-fabricated Networks
Supervisor: Dan Nicolau

Category: Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Nikita Kalashnikov, Department of Chemical Engineering
Shape-shifting tissues:  programmable tissue constructs with integrated shape memory actuators
Supervisor: Dan Nicolau

Category: General and Multidisciplinary
Vishesh Pradeep, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Untethered Paper Based Wall Climbing Robot
Supervisor: Xinyu Liu

Category: Information and Communication Technologies 
Yu Chen Xu,  Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Supervisor: Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur

Category: Energy, Natural Resources and Sustainable Infrastructure
Labib Emmanuel Kallas,  Department of Civil Engineering
Lowering NOx Emissions by Optimizing the Mixing Quality Across a Perforated Plate
Supervisor: Susan Gaskin

Category: Society, Design and Technology 
Isaac Berman,  Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Supervisor: James Clark

Category: Water & Environment 
Kuan Wei,  Department of Chemical Engineering
Supervisor: Nathalie Tufenkji

Category: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
Gabriel Langlois-Rahme
Quantitative Stability Analyses of Multiwall Carbon Nanotube Nanofluids following water/ice phase change cycling
Department of Chemical Engineering
Supervisor: Phillip Servio

Category: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology 
Kyungmin John Jung
Shear Property Analysis of Thermoplastic Hybrids
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Larry Lessard

Category: Aerospace 
Dylan Caverly
Control of a Flexible-Link Manipulator with Zero Steady-State Tracking
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: James Forbes

Category: Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Sarah Dubois
Microfabrication of a Device for Measurement of Tissue Contractile Forces in High Throughput Screening (HTS)
Department of Chemical Engineering
Supervisor: Christopher Moraes

Category: Information and Communication Technologies 
Sheikh Saad Salah Uddin
RF Self-Interference Channel Characterization For Full-Duplex MIMO Transceivers
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Supervisor: Tho Le-Ngoc

Category: General and Multidisciplinary
Corey Miles
Integration and Control of an Automated Microindentation System
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Xinyu Liu

Category: Energy, Natural Resources and Sustainable Infrastructure
Majed Karam
Offsetting Cold Temperature Effects during Concrete Setting using Cryophilic Microorganisms
Department of Civil Engineering
Supervisor:  Andrew Boyd

Category: Energy, Natural Resources and Sustainable Infrastructure
Oscar Ng
Imploding Liquid Cavity Apparatus for Nuclear Fusion Power Generation
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor:  Andrew Higgins

Category: Society, Design and Technology
Iris du Bouetiez de Kerorguen
Trajectories: Networks of Architectural Education
School of Architecture
Supervisors:  David Theodore and Ipek Türeli

The winning project “Trajectories” where SURE prize winner Iris du Bouetiez de Kerorguen and Zachary Mathurin were co-supervised by David Theodore and Ipek Türeli.  Zachary Mathurin presented his poster with the title Trajectories: Networks of Architectural Education.

Category: Water and Environment
Kerry Lawless
Trajectories: Green Synthesis of Graphene Oxide Hydrogel as High Performance Water Filters
Department of Chemical Engineering
Supervisor:  Nathalie Tufenkji

Category: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
Richard Church
An in-situ FTIR Investigation of Intercalated Species in Multilayer Graphene Oxide
Department of Mining & Materials Engineering
Supervisor: Marta Cerruti

Category: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology 
Aagnik Pant
Demonstration of GaN-based cold cathode for light emission
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Supervisor: Zetian Mi

Category: Aerospace 
Sean Fielding
Single-Lap Joint Model Validation
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Larry Lessard

Category: Bioengineering 
Antonio Colantuoni
Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Encapsulated Islets to Treat Diabetes
Department of Chemical Engineering
Supervisor: Corinne Hoesli

Category: Information and Communication Technologies 
Michael Smith
Stereo Rain Removal
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Supervisor: Frank Ferrie

Category: Information and Communication Technologies
Connor Stein
Scalable Smart Home Device System
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Supervisor: Tho Le-Ngoc

Category: General 
Joseph Carr
Implementing Analytical Target Cascading Optimization Architecture Into NASA's OpenMDAO Software
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Michael Kokkolaras

Category: Energy and Carbon Footprints
Jessica Droujko
Effect of Preheating on Burning Velocity of Aluminum Laminar Premixed Bunsen Type Flames
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Jeffery Bergthorson

Category: Sustainable design and construction of the built environment
Nicholas Adomat
An Investigation Into the Uniaxial Behavior of Ultra High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete Columns
Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Supervisor: Denis Mitchell

Category: Water & Environment
Stacy Larochelle
Fluid Flow through a Fracture in a Cobourg Limestone Sample
Department of Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics
Supervisor: A.P.S. Selvadurai

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

Will choosing the S/U option affect my eligibility for the SURE program?
To be eligible for SURE, students must be full-time, i.e. registered in a minimum of 12 credits per term (graded or ungraded). Choosing S/U option for any courses will not have an impact on your eligibility for SURE. However, SURE supervisors may wish to consider your performance in a particular course that is relevant for their project.

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.

Can I be a part-time student?
Students are required to be full-time.  Exceptions will only be made for students in their graduating term who have less than 12 credits left to complete their program.

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 (if regulations allow students/staff on campus). Non-McGill students may contact the professor via email 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. Application forms and your Official Transcript must be emailed to the professor by the January deadline. Non-McGill students may submit their application and supporting documentation by email directly to the professor by the January deadline.

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 participate each week on a project for approximately 35 hours per week. SURE positions are full-time positions for the entire 16 week period, e.g., SURE participants may not register for any summer courses unless given special permission by their supervisor. A vacation request may be accommodated if not in conflict with any SURE events and if the student will make up the missed time; discuss with your SURE supervisor in advance. All special permissions must be communicated to [at]

Do I get vacations/days off?
You can discuss with your supervisor how you might take time off and make up the hours at another time, e.g. working extra hours one day or coming in on a weekend.

When/How do we get paid?
Students are paid on the 1st and 15th of the month - first payment is May 15th.  Funds will be deposited to the bank account you indicated when setting up your Direct Deposit.  Please note that some banks have a 1-3 day delay.

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 other SURE projects in the same year. You are eligible to apply again in the following year.

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. If you wish, you may also add your CV to the application.

I graduate in May, am I still eligible?
Yes, the program is open to May (Winter term) graduates.  Students that graduated in December (Fall term) are not eligible.

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 a minimum of $6,000.00 however, you may discuss directly with your supervisor.
  • The NSERC-USRA is valued at a minimum of $7,500.00 however, you may discuss directly with your supervisor.


Am I Eligible for Additional Funding?
Those SURE students who have received an NSERC-USRA award are eligible to apply for FRQNT Supplements – The Fonds de recherche du Quebec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) offers a $2000 supplement to NSERC USRA holders enrolled at an eligible university in Quebec. Students apply directly to the FRQNT (not via McGill) and receive supplements from them.

Note: for NSERC USRAs held in the Summer, you will not be able to apply for the FRQNT supplement until you receive a letter (by email) from NSERC; this usually happens in July. The FRQNT application deadline is usually in late August. Please see the FRQNT webpage for further details.

What kind of visa is required for non-McGill students?
International students are required to research the visa requirements at: or Students without the appropriate visas and work permits 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 a full 16 weeks, 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

Who owns the Intellectual Property (IP) developed during a SURE project?
As the SURE Program is a paid undergraduate traineeship which allows undergraduate students to be involved in an academic research project under the guidance of a McGill professor, SURE participants must agree to assign all right, title and interest to any Intellectual Property developed in the project to the supervising professor. You may still be considered as an inventor or contributor in accordance with McGill’s Policy on Intellectual Property. If you think you might be bringing Background IP to a project, please discuss IP management with your supervising professor in advance.

Who do I contact if I encounter problems or issues during my SURE participation?
You should try to resolve conflicts or issues with your supervising professor first; if you aren’t comfortable with this, or if the issue persists, please contact [at]


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.

Click HERE for photos from the 2017 SURE Poster Presentation Fair

Research Scholarships

Mackey-Glass Summer Bursary 2021

Established in 2021 by previous students and current and former colleagues, in honour of Dr. Michael Mackey and Dr. Leon Glass. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in association with a Selection Committee in the Department of Physiology to support an undergraduate student pursuing summer research in the quantitative life sciences in the Department of Physiology.

Professors Glass and Mackey were full-time faculty members of the Department of Physiology while they pursued their theoretical research in haematology (Mackey) and in cardiology (Glass). Both Profs. Mackey and Glass have been exceptional teachers, mentors, and friends not only to their students, but also their colleagues, peers, and the McGill and international communities in general. Both remain active in research.


Application Form [at] (Questions)

Deadline:  Monday, March 29th, 2021 at 5:00PM.

Student Research Initiative Award 2021

The SRI award is a summer student award open to all McGill undergraduate students
interested in pursuing research in any field or department at any institution* . Recipients
of the award will receive $1000 CAD to support their summer research endeavors.
We encourage this award to be supplemented by PIs.

Guidelines and application form.

sri.ssmu [at] (Questions)

Deadline:  March 26th, 2021 at 11:59PM EST


Email us at [at]

Back to top