Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering


SURE 2017 Participants

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.

NEW! We are pleased to announce that the participation in the SURE program will now 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.

General Information

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


Award decision were sent out on February 17, 2017. Please note that due to the large volume of applications received, only selected SURE candidates were contacted. Positions of students who decline their offer will be filled at the beginning of March.

SURE Events

  • Event: ‘How to Apply to SURE Information Session’
    Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    Location: McConnell 13
    Time: 11:35 am - 12:55 pm
    Anyone interested in applying for SURE 2017 must attend this information session. Please register via MyFuture (under “Workshops”, keyword search: MESC).
  • Event: SURE Orientation
    Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
    Location: Trottier Building, 2nd floor lobby
    Time: 12pm ‐1pm
  • Event: SURE Research at Work Seminar
    Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
    Location: Trottier Building, room 0100
    Time: 1pm to 2:30pm
  • Event: SURE Poster Design Workshop
    Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
    Location: Trottier Building, room 0100
    Time: 2pm to 4pm
  • Event: SURE Poster Presentation
    Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017
    Location: Trottier Rooms 1080, 2100 and 2110
    Trottier 2nd Floor Lobby,
    Trottier Cafeteria
    Time: 1pm to 4pm
    Printing Instructions for Poster Presentation

SURE 2016 Faculty Prize Winners

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

SURE 2016 TISED Prize Winners

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

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 27, 2017. 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 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
  • 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: or 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




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.

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