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Table 1 General characteristics of Canadian summer student research programs for 2016

From: Exploring medically-related Canadian summer student research programs: a National Cross-sectional Survey Study

  Small (≤ 20 seats) n = 17 Medium (20–50 seats) n = 11 Large (≥ 50 seats) n = 11 Pan-Canadian n = 7 Total n = 46
Mean number of positions per program 11 28 111 18 40
Class of research offered
 Clinical 14 (82.4%) 9 (81.8%) 11 (100.0%) 6 (85.7%) 40 (87.0%)
 Basic 13 (76.5%) 7 (63.6%) 11 (100.0%) 7 (100.0%) 38 (82.6%)
 Field work 5 (29.4%) 3 (27.3%) 6 (54.5%) 4 (57.1%) 18 (39.1%)
 Other* 2 (11.8%) 3 (27.3%) 1 (9.1%) 0 (0%) 6 (13.0%)
Educational requirements
 Undergraduate students 5 (29.4%) 6 (54.5%) 2 (18.2%) 0 (0%) 13 (28.3%)
 Medical students 0 (0%) 1 (9.1%) 2 (18.2%) 3 (42.9%) 6 (13.0%)
 Both 12 (70.6%) 4 (36.4%) 7 (63.6%) 4 (57.1%) 27 (58.7%)
Program restricted to specific universities
 Yes 2 (11.8%) 3 (27.3%) 6 (54.5%) 0 (0%) 11 (23.9%)
Mean age of program
  < 5 yrs. 2 (11.8%) 4 (36.4%) 2 (18.2%) 2 (28.6%) 10 (21.7%)
  > 5 yrs. 15 (88.2%) 7 (63.6%) 9 (81.8%) 5 (71.4%) 36 (78.3%)
Duration of program
 8 weeks 7 (41.2%) 1 (9.1%) 4 (36.4%) 2 (28.6%) 14 (30.4%)
 10 weeks 3 (17.6%) 2 (18.2%) 3 (27.3%) 2 (28.6%) 10 (21.7%)
 12 weeks 12 (70.6%) 3 (27.3%) 7 (63.6%) 1 (14.3%) 23 (50.0%)
 14 weeks 3 (17.6%) 5 (45.5%) 3 (27.3%) 1 (14.3%) 12 (26.1%)
 16 weeks 8 (47.1%) 7 (63.6%) 4 (36.4%) 0 (0%) 19 (41.3%)
 Did not specify 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14.3%) 1 (2.2%)
Selection of supervisors
 Formal screening 7 (41.2%) 1 (9.1%) 4 (36.4%) 4 (57.1%) 16 (34.8%)
 No formal screening 8 (47.1%) 9 (81.8%) 4 (36.4%) 1 (14.3%) 22 (47.8%)
 Did not specify 1 (5.9%) 1 (9.1%) 3 (27.3%) 2 (28.6%) 7 (15.2%)
Funding
 Host institution 8 (47.1%) 7 (63.6%) 6 (54.5%) 2 (28.6%) 23 (50.0%)
 Principal investigator grant 8 (47.1%) 6 (54.5%) 7 (63.6%) 0 (0%) 21 (45.7%)
 Private donations 6 (35.3%) 3 (27.3%) 5 (45.5%) 6 (85.7%) 20 (43.5%)
 Government support 2 (11.8%) 2 (18.2%) 2 (18.2%) 0 (0%) 6 (13.0%)
 Student secured funding 0 (0%) 1 (9.1%) 1 (9.1%) 0 (0%) 2 (4.3%)
  1. *Other: outcomes research, basic research on humans, dry labs, animal research, computer lab or design lab; Options not mutually exclusive