SURE Project Submissions

Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering

SURE 2024

The Faculty of Engineering is committed to enriching the student experience through undergraduate research opportunities. The SURE program is similar to the NSERC summer research program, but includes non-Canadian students. 

Submissions are now closed.

We are pleased to announce the fifteenth edition of the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) program. We would also like to acknowledge the support that makes the SURE program possible, including funding from the Faculty of Engineering (Dean’s Office), professor cost-sharing contributions, NSERC-USRA awards, the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), ELATE (Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Engineering), Medtec Design and the support of many generous donors.


The Summer 2024 SURE Program will run from Wednesday, May 1st, to Thursday, August 22nd, 2024.



Supervisor abstract submission deadline

Monday, January 8, 2024

Student application period

January 16 - 30, 2024

MESC sends list of applicants/projects to Depts.

Week of January 30, 2024

Supervisor Ranking Form deadline

Friday, February 9, 2024

Decisions released to students

Week of February 19, 2024

UGRT Form deadline

Friday, April 5, 2024

If you wish to participate in the SURE program, please submit your max 250 word abstract on the SURE Project Submission web form by the deadline above. Abstracts will be posted on the Undergraduate Research (SURE) website for students to view.


The faculty cost-sharing has been increased to align with NSERC’s minimum stipend requirement. The cost-sharing for a regular SURE project is below:






TOTAL to student







Regular SURE












Please visit the following website for more details:
*ELATE is funding 3 SURE awards for pedagogical research.


  • As faculty and donor funding are limited, the Faculty is only able to cost-share a certain number of projects. The Faculty may limit the number of positions awarded per supervisor.
  • SURE positions are full-time positions (expected participation between 35-40 hours per week) for the entire 16 weeks, i.e., SURE participants should not be registered for any summer courses. A vacation request may be accommodated if not in conflict with any SURE events and if the student will make up the missed time. Students’ research should be scheduled during reasonable working hours each week.


  • NSERC USRA awards are assigned by the Faculty through the McGill Engineering Student Centre. All students who apply to SURE are considered for a NSERC USRA.
  • USRAs are assigned to eligible students (must be Canadian or Permanent Resident) based on CGPA.

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Minimum CGPA 3.0
  • Students must be U1 or above; U0 students can be recruited outside of the SURE program
  • Open to both McGill students (domestic & international) and non-McGill students (domestic & international)
  • International students need a work authorization.
  • Students must have a Canadian bank account.
  • Non-McGill students studying at another university who are accepted to the program will have to submit transcripts, and submit a Undergraduate Research Trainee form to [at]
  • Non-McGill International students may need additional visas and other documentation; please consult the Undergraduate Research Trainees website


SURE-Info.Engineering [at]

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