Indigenous Summer Student program

Shana, Eliana, and Dean pose for a photo beside Clarice.
ICORD Summer research program for Indigenous youth

In partnership with UBC’s School of Biomechanical Engineering, ICORD is excited to offer a summer program to provide opportunities and mentorship for Indigenous youth interested in scientific research. High school students (currently in grades 10 to 12) are invited to do research projects with us, in the hopes that this experience might inspire you to go on in the sciences, and maybe consider further studies or a career in neuroscience or biomedical engineering.

About the program

ICORD’s summer research program for Indigenous youth started as a pilot in the summer of 2018 to introduce local Indigenous high school students to the exciting world of spinal cord injury (SCI) research. From one student in 2018, the program tripled in size to three students in 2019. We hope to offer placements for at least seven students in 2021!

Read about our first student’s summer experience in the Summer 2018 ICORDian community newsletter


You could work on research projects in areas including (but not limited to):

  • Using exercise as a rehab strategy following spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Improving quality of life for people with SCI
  • Using robotics (including exoskeletons) to improve functional outcomes following SCI
  • MRI of the brain and spinal cord
  • Regenerative Medicine (generation of functional tissue)
  • Bionics & biosensors, biomaterials (biomedical microtechnology)
  • Biomechanics/injury prevention (preventing injury or minimizing it as it happens)
  • Infectious disease diagnostic development
  • Nutrition and exercise-specific biomarkers

Details about the Summer 2021 program

  • Start date: July 5, 2021; end date: August 13, 2021
  • Hourly wage: $15.20 (5 hours/day)
  • Location of project: ICORD (818 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver) or UBC Point Grey Campus. Virtual opportunities are also available for 2021.


How to apply

Complete this application form and return it by email by April 30, 2021.