MD with Special Training in Research

Application Requirements

A complete MD with STIR Application Form must be submitted by February 1 prior to the student’s final summer of eligible research. If February 1 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is 9 a.m. on the next working day. Late applications will not be considered, except in the most extenuating of circumstances.
The application package includes:

  1. Research proposal
  2. Past supervisor’s appraisal
  3. Non U of A, Non U of C supervisors
  4. Completed application form

Application Procedure

  1. Research Proposal

    To participate in the STIR Program, applicants must find a supervisor who is willing to spend the time needed to direct an agreed-on research project.

    Having decided upon a suitable project, an applicant will write a short proposal with guidance from their supervisor. A suitable proposal is one for which the research can be carried out over the course of the summer, although it likely will form a small part of a larger project or clinical trial. The project must provide suitable opportunity for exercising research skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and/or statistical analysis. Projects that require ethics approval must have this in place before the proposed projects starts. The requirements for this proposal are specified on the STIR application form. Briefly, the proposal will include:

    • A description of the specific research project, differentiated from the supervisor's overall research program. This will include the rationale and specific objective(s) for the proposed research, with reference (journal format) to the most relevant literature.
    • If you are continuing with the same research group as the previous summer, the progress of the earlier summer's research experience may be summarized.
    • You should be prepared to improve any perceived weakness in the proposal if requested to do so by the committee.

    NOTE: Any changes to a project that granted a student admittance into the program must be submitted to the chair of the MD with Special Training in Research Program by the end of May, prior to starting the project. If the project changes and has not been reviewed and approved by the chair of the program, the student will no longer be considered enrolled in the STIR Program.

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  2. Past Supervisor's Appraisal

    As part of the application process, a confidential evaluation of a candidate’s performance from their supervisor is required. Applicants should print the MD with STIR Supervisor's Evaluation Form and ask their most-recent research supervisor to complete it. It should be returned, in confidence, by February 1 to: STIR, Office of Research, 2-13 HMRC. If February 1 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is 9 a.m. on the next working day. 

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  3. Non U of A, Non U of C Supervisors

    Although most of the students in the STIR Program carry out their research at the University of Alberta or University of Calgary, there may be circumstances in which students wish to perform their summer of research at another academic institution. In this case, a CV from the proposed supervisor is required to ensure the research setting will provide the appropriate level of academic excellence and be appropriate for the proposed training in research. The CV should not exceed five pages and should include:

    1. publications from the last five years only,
    2. trainees during the last five years only, and
    3. current sources of funding.

    Alternately, the CIHR or NSERC CV Modules or the NIH Biographical Sketch may be used. Approval from the chair will be granted as part of the application process and does not require prior notification.

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  4. Completed Application Form

    Submit the completed MD with STIR Application Form (original) to the Office of Research, 2-13 HMRC, before 4 p.m. on February 1. If February 1 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is 9 a.m. on the next working day. Late applications will not be considered, except in the most extenuating of circumstances. Please ensure that documents are not double-sided when submitted.

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NOTE: The applications are reviewed by the members of the MD Research Committee and notification regarding whether or not a proposal is acceptable will be provided by the beginning of April.