GRADUATE & LIFE SCIENCES EDUCATION

Research Opportunities

Departments

Division of Anatomy

Research Project
ANA498Y1 Project in Anatomy

(Honors Research Project) is a 4th year level course designed to give students direct, hands-on experience in a research laboratory. The investigators that are interested in supervising students in their labs cover a broad range of specialties including Histology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Neuroscience and Gross Anatomy. This course is a full credit course offered in the Fall/Winter and Summer semesters.
Prerequisite: Permission of a research professor to supervise the project
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A8

Undergraduate Administrative Officer
Phone:  (416) 978-2690
Room: 1156
E-mailanatomy@utoronto.ca

Departments

Human Biology Program

Research Project
HMB496Y1 Research Project in Human Biology
A research project course for students enrolled in a Human Biology program, supervised by a faculty member appointed in a faculty or division at St. George Campus (Faculties of Arts & Science, Medicine, Engineering, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, etc.). Open to third and fourth year students.
Students are responsible for securing their own supervisor. Should a HMB Specialist require help securing a supervisor, the request must be made by email to the Human Biology Program Office no later than July 20 for Academic year projects and January 30 for Summer projects.
Completed applications for this course are due to the Human Biology Program Office by September 1 for Academic year projects and May 1 for Summer projects. Please see the application on the Special Enrolment Courses page on the HMB Website.
Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Human Biology Program; please refer to the Human Biology Program website for more details
Exclusion: Students are not permitted to do a HMB research project concurrently with another research project
Distribution Requirements: Science

HMB499Y1 Research Project in Human Biology II
A research project course for students enrolled in a Human Biology program, supervised by a faculty member appointed in a faculty or division at St. George Campus (Faculties of Arts & Science, Medicine, Engineering, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, etc.).
Students are responsible for securing their own supervisor. Should a HMB Specialist require help securing a supervisor, the request must be made by email to the Human Biology Program Office no later than July 20 for Academic year projects and January 30 for Summer projects.
Completed applications for this course are due to the Human Biology Program Office by September 1 for Academic year projects and May 1 for Summer projects. Please see the application on the Special Enrolment Courses page on the HMB Website.
Not eligible for CR/NCR option.Prerequisite: HMB496Y1
Exclusion: Students are not permitted to do a HMB research project concurrently with another research project.
Distribution Requirements: Science

Research Abroad

HMB394Y0 International Research Project in Human Biology
Your individual, independent research project is supervised by a faculty member in an approved university. This unique opportunity to conduct a lab-based research project is open to students in any Human Biology program. Coordinated by Centre for International Experience. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: At least 8.5 FCEs including relevant courses in human biology.
Distribution Requirement Status: Science

HMB396Y0 International Research Project in Human Biology
Your individual, independent research project is supervised by a faculty member in an approved university. This unique opportunity to conduct a lab-based research project is open to students in any Human Biology program. Not eligible for CR/NCR option. Coordinated by Woodsworth College.
Prerequisite: An approved 300-series science laboratory course and permission of the Human Biology Program from which application forms may be obtained.
Distribution Requirement Status: Science

Wetmore Hall
300 Huron Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3J6

Undergraduate Coordinator
Dana Patterson
Phone:  (416) 946-7609
Room: 105
E-mail: hmb.undergrad@utoronto.ca

Departments

Immunology

Research Project

IMM450Y1 Research Project in Immunology

An opportunity for specialized research in Immunology under the supervision of a member of the Faculty. There are no pre- or corequisites, although preference is given to Immunology Specialist and Major students.
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

Summer Research Opportunities

Immunology Summer Research Program
Undergraduate students who are interested in the possibility of graduate studies in the Life Sciences are invited to apply for positions in the Summer Student Program in Immunology.

The program is organized to give selected students the opportunity of doing experimental work in various laboratories within the Department of Immunology.  The program runs for approximately three calendar months (May through July), and includes a stipend.  Successful candidates typically have a B+ average or higher.

University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
(Please check with your department for more information if available)

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
The department awards these to students applying for summer research programs.  There is no specific application form.  Please contact the department for more information.

GLSE Undergraduate Summer Research Project Studentship
This studentship is open to 3rd and 4th year students in Life Sciences with an interest in pursuing graduate training.
(Please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator in mid-January).

QEII Diamond Jubilee Scholarship
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program is to cultivate the next generation of leaders in Canada, Kenya and India, who will apply both academic expertise and cultural/societal understanding to reduce the burden of disease in specific areas of global health. Areas of focus are:

  • women’s health
  • infectious diseases
  • cancer
  • life sciences technology commercialization/implementation.

Research Opportunity Program

IMM299Y1 Research Opportunity Program
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project.
Details at ROP
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: None

Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A8

Undergraduate Assistant
TBA
Phone:  (416) 978-0926
Room:  MSB 7205
E-mail: undergraduate.immunology@utoronto.ca

Associate Chair, Undergraduate
Thierry Mallevaey
Phone:  (416) 978-0926
Room: MSB 7205
E-mail: thierry.mallevaey@utoronto.ca

Departments

Institute of Medical Science (IMS)

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A8

Departmental Assistant
Glady de Guzman
Phone:  (416) 946-8286
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), reception & general inquiries, room bookings, web updates
Room: 2374
E-mail: cc.medscience@utoronto.ca

Departments

Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

Research Project

LMP405Y1 Project in Pathobiology

A self-contained research project to be completed under the supervision of a faculty member. The main areas of research are as listed in the description of the Department (above). The student will normally have completed three full years of study, and is expected to devote at least one full day per week to the project. Admission is by arrangement with the Department and with a particular supervisor. A list of potential supervisors is available from the Departmental Office and on our website.
Prerequisite: BCH210H1/BCH242Y1, LMP300Y1/LMP363H1/LMP365H1 and permission of department
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

Summer Research Opportunities

LMP Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

Gain valuable experience in one of our state-of-the-art laboratories during our LMP Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program. For at least 12 weeks during the summer, engage in full-time research by proposing, executing and presenting your selected project. This is the perfect opportunity for you to focus on your future research interests and discover what it takes to work in the lab.

In addition to laboratory research, we offer exciting lectures featuring biomedical research from labs at the University of Toronto, as well as career development seminars. After completing the program, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in presenting your research to a panel of judges during our LMP SURE Program Poster Day.

University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
(Please check with your department for more information if available)

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
The department awards these to students applying for summer research programs.  There is no specific application form.  Please contact the department for more information.

GLSE Undergraduate Summer Research Project Studentship
This studentship is open to 3rd and 4th year students in Life Sciences with an interest in pursuing graduate training.
(Please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator in mid-January).

Linda and Avrum Gotlieb Award Supporting the LMP Summer Student Research Program
The department awards these to students who are in their 2nd and 3rd year of study who are registered in the Undergraduate Pathobiology Specialist Program applying for summer research programs. There is no specific application form. Please contact the department for more information.

Research Opportunity Program

LMP299Y1 Research Opportunity Program
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project.
Details at ROP
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: None

Please note:  Students should approach faculty directly regarding available research positions in their labs.  A list of Faculty members and their research interests can be found on the LMP Faculty Research Database

Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A8

Undergraduate Assistant
Louella D'Cunha
Phone:  (416) 946-0136
Room: 6231
E-mail: lmp.undergrad@utoronto.ca

Undergraduate Coordinator
Jeff Lee
Phone: 416-978-1060
Rm. 6314
E-mail: lmp.undergradcoordinator@utoronto.ca

Karim Mekhail
Phone:  416-946-8132
661 University Ave
Rm: 1513
E-mail: lmp.undergradcoordinator@utoronto.ca

Departments

Medical Biophysics

Summer Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

Program description: 12 week summer program for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students interested in interdisciplinary biological and medical research. 

Biological Science Research in: Cellular & Molecular Biology; Molecular & Structural Biology; Experimental Therapeutics; Epidemiology & Statistics; Cancer Biology; Cancer & Bioinformatics.
Medical Imaging & Physics Research in: Clinical Physics; Thermal and Photodynamic Therapy; Laser Biophysics; Ultrasound; X-Ray Detector Physics; Digital Radiography; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Electron Microscopy; Image Guided Therapy. Inquiries: Daphne Sears Tel: 416-634-8755 Daphne.Sears@utoronto.ca

Deadline for applications: January 31, 2019

Princess Margaret Cancer Research Tower (PMCRT)
101 College Street, Suite 15-701
Toronto ON.
M5G 1L7

 

Secretary
Daphne Sears
Phone: (416) 634-8755
Room: 15-701
E-mail: daphne.sears@utoronto.ca

Summer Program Coordinator
Benjamin Haibe-Kains
Phone: (416) 581-7628
Room:  11-310
E-mailBenjamin.haibe.kains@utoronto.ca

Departments

Molecular Genetics

Research Project

MGY480Y1 Special Research Project

An opportunity for specialized individual research in molecular genetics and microbiology by arrangement with the course coordinator. Students are required to perform an original research project and attend a weekly seminar.
Prerequisite: BCH371H1/MGY312H1/MGY314H1/MGY315H1/MGY376 H1/MGY379Y1, MGY311Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

Summer Research Opportunities

Summer Research Program
The Department of Molecular Genetics runs a research program for undergraduate students during the summer where students are typically paid a stipend for 12 weeks (May to early August).  The program culminates in a poster presentation of student research in early August.  Interested students are encouraged to contact a faculty member in the Department about the possibility of doing summer research between September and mid-January before the summer term.  If the faculty member agrees to hire a student to complete a summer project,both the student and professor should contact Dr. Marc Meneghini to make arrangements.  Students who make arrangements after mid-January can be accepted but the student may not be eligible for Departmental funding support (e.g. UROP).  Check the departmental website for updated information about deadlines.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
(Please check with your department for more information if available)

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
The Department awards these to students applying for summer research programs.  Please see the Department of Molecular Genetics website for application form and further information about the summer research program.  Faculty hosting a student for the summer should contact Dr. Marc Meneghini for more information by the January preceding the summer term.

GLSE Undergraduate Summer Research Project Studentship
This studentship is open to 3rd and 4th year students in Life Sciences with an interest in pursuing graduate training.
(Please contact Dr. Marc Meneghini in mid-January).

Research Opportunity Program

MGY299Y1 Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project.
Details at ROP
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: None
Postings for research positions become available in late January each year.

Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A8

Student Services Assistant
Phone:  (416) 978-8359
Room: 4290
E-mail: studentservices.mogen@utoronto.ca

Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator
Dr. Richard Collins
Phone: (416) 978-3541
Room: 4280
E-mail:  mgy.info@utoronto.ca
 

Departments

Nutritional Sciences

Research Opportunity Project - 2019/2020

Detailed instructions on applying for the 2019/2020 academic year can be found on our website.

NFS394Y1 Research Course in Nutritional Science
Research experience under the supervision of a Departmental staff member. The course entails designing and carrying out a small research project and the preparation and presentation of both a research proposal and a final report. Note that the research project NFS394Y1 requires the prior consent of a staff member who will supervise the project and departmental approval before enrolment. The student is responsible for locating a supervisor and must consult with the course instructor before the beginning of the term.
Prerequisite: NFS284H1, Permission of Department and Project Supervisor
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

NFS494Y1 Research Projects in Nutritional Sciences
Research experience under the supervision of a Departmental staff member. The course entails designing and carrying out a small research project and the preparation and presentation of both a research proposal and a final report. Note that the research project NFS494Y1 requires the prior consent of a staff member who will supervise the project and departmental approval before enrolment. The student is responsible for locating a supervisor and must consult with the course instructor before the beginning of the term.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department and Project Supervisor
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: None

Summer Research Opportunities

University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
(Please check with your department for more information if available)

Undergraduate Student Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
The department awards these to students applying for summer research programs.  Please contact the department for more information.

GLSE Undergraduate Summer Research Project Studentship
This studentship is open to 3rd and 4th year students in Life Sciences with an interest in pursuing graduate training.
(Please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator in mid-January 2020).

Other Undergraduate Opportunities
List of other opportunities available to students.  For most of these programs, an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) is a pre-requisite.  Note that Research Services does not administer these programs.

  • Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards
  • Northern Research Internships
  • Shad Valley Program
  • Canadian Distributed Mentor Programme
  • RISE Canada Program
  • Radian Biophysics Award
  • NSERC-CMS Math in Moscow Scholarships
  • Environment Canada Atmospheric and Meteorological Undergraduate Supplements

Medical Sciences Building
1 King's College Circle 5th floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A8
 

Undergraduate Program Assistant
Room: 5255
E-mail: dns.admin@utoronto.ca

NFS394/NFS494 Program Coordinator
Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy
Phone: (416) 946-5776
Room: MSB 5326A
E-mail: a.el.sohemy@utoronto.ca


 

Departments

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Research Project

PCL297H1 Research Experience in Pharmacology & Toxicology
A formal opportunity to gain hands-on experience and develop their skills within a research laboratory setting. Students will have a chance to become familiar and efficient at good lab practices, develop critical thinking and evaluation skills while applying their knowledge and developing trouble shooting skills to practical research questions. This course is Pass/Fail.
Prerequisite: None; Permission of Faculty Supervisor and Course Coordinator required.
Corequisite: None
Recommended Preparation: Completion of at least first year of Life Sciences program.
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

PCL397Y0 Research Abroad in Pharmacology and Toxicology
An independent research project in a pharmacology and/or toxicology laboratory in an approved partner university. This international research experience will be supervised by a faculty member at the partner institution and will allow students to develop critical thinking and evaluation skills while applying their knowledge and trouble shooting skills to practical research questions.
Prerequisite: PCL201H1, PCL302H1, PSL300H1, PSL301H1 with a minimum grade of 65%; permission from the Undergraduate Coordinator
Enrolment Limits: Pharmacology Specialist, Biomedical Toxicology Specialist, Pharmacology Major, Toxicology Major, Pharmacology and Toxicology Specialist, Environment and Toxicology Specialist, other students in Life Sciences with the appropriate pre-requisite courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

PCL472Y1 Project in Pharmacology
This course affords students an opportunity for hands-on research experience in a laboratory or applied pharmacology setting. Students will work under the supervision of a faculty member and will submit a final written report and oral presentation. Enrollment is limited and requires permission from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. It is the student’s responsibility to secure a placement with an approved supervisor before the course begins (a list of potential supervisors can be obtained from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology).  Students will be registered in the course once their ballot form (obtained from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology) is signed by an approved supervisor and approved by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Students are expected to spend approximately 200 hours towards this project but this will be project/supervisor dependent.
Prerequisite: PCL201H1, PCL302H1, PCL366H1, PCL376H1 and permission of Department
Exclusion: PCL474Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

PCL474Y1 Project in Toxicology 
This course affords students an opportunity for hands-on research experience in a laboratory or applied toxicology setting. Students will work under the supervision of a staff member and will submit a final written report and oral presentation. Enrollment is limited and requires permission from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. It is the student’s responsibility to secure a placement with an approved supervisor before the course begins (a list of potential supervisors can be obtained from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology).  Students will be registered in the course once their ballot form (obtained from the Department of Pharmacology) is signed by an approved supervisor and approved by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Students are expected to spend approximately 200 hours towards this project but this will be project/supervisor dependent.
Prerequisite: PCL201H1, PCL302H1, PCL366H1, PCL376H1 and permission of Department
Exclusion: PCL472Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

Summer Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
The department awards these to both UofT and non-UofT students applying for summer research programs in specifically defined research/disease areas.  There is a specific application form which will be sent to program students and posted on the website when available (February).  Please contact the department for more information.

GLSE Undergraduate Summer Research Project Studentship
This studentship is open to both UofT and non-UofT students going into 3rd and 4th year of basic medical sciences programs with an interest in pursuing graduate training. There is a specific application form which will be sent to program students and posted on the website when available (February).  Please contact the department for more information.

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Summer Student Research Award
This award is open to students in any Pharmacology or Biomedical Toxicology program offered by the department at UofT. There is a specific application form which will be sent to program students and posted on the website when available (February).  Please contact the department for more information.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
The department participates in the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) and the University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) programs sponsored by NSERC.  Award allocations to departments are made via a quota system. There is a specific application form which will be sent to program students and posted on the website when available (February).  Please contact the department for more information.  

Research Opportunity Program

PCL299Y1 Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project.
Details at ROP
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: None

Please note:  Students should approach faculty directly regarding available research positions in their labs.  A list of Faculty members and their research interests can be found on the Pharmacology and Toxicology Faculty Directory.  PCL472Y and PCL474Y students will get a list of potential supervisors for those courses from the main Departmental office in February.

Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle, Rm. 4207
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A8

Program Coordinator
Charlotte Pashley
Phone:  (416) 978-2728
Room: MSB 4207
E-mail: charlotte.pashley@utoronto.ca

Program Officer
Diana Kam
Phone: (416)978-3851
Room: 4207
E-mail: diana.kam@utoronto.ca

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Education (Acting)
Ali Salahpour
E-mail: undergrad.pharmtox@utoronto.ca

Departments

Physiology

Research Project

PSL496Y: Translational Physiology Research Project
Engage in supervised original science research, either basic or clinical, combined with a healthcare placement. Develop skills in defining scientific questions, designing experiments, analyzing data, and communicating your results. Gain insight into the power of translational bench-to-bedside research.  Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: PSL300H1, PSL301H1, PSL310H1, PSL372H1
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)
Enrolment Controls: Departmental Approval Required (AE)

PSL497H: Translational Physiology Research Project
Engage in supervised original science research, either basic or clinical, combined with a healthcare placement. Develop skills in defining scientific questions, designing experiments, analyzing data, and communicating your results. Gain insight into the power of translational bench-to-bedside research.  Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: PSL300H1, PSL301H1, PSL310H1, PSL372H1
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)
Enrolment Controls: Departmental Approval Required (AE)

PSL498Y1 Project in Physiology
This is a full-year credit course where students participate in a hands-on independent research project under the guidance of a Physiology faculty member. Undergraduate students must find a supervisor whose area of research connects with the student’s interest. Students will present their work and write up the results of their research in a final report towards the end of the academic session. Enrolment in this course is by permission of the department and is restricted to students in the Physiology Specialist and Major Programs, although permission is granted to students in other programs upon approval by the Department. Students with an interest in graduate research are encouraged to apply.
Prerequisite: PSL303Y1/(PSL304H1, PSL305H1), PSL372H1, PSL374H1, permission of the Department
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)
Enrolment Controls: Enrolment is done at the Department (E) similar to PSL496Y and PSL497H1

PSL499H1 Project in Physiology
This is a half-year credit course where students participate in a hands-on independent research project under the guidance of a Physiology faculty member. Undergraduate students must find a supervisor whose area of research connects with the student’s interest. Students will present their work and write up the results of their research in a final report towards the end of the academic session. Enrolment in this course is by permission of the Department and is restricted to students in the Physiology Specialist and Major Programs, although permission is granted to students in other programs upon approval by the Department. Students with an interest in graduate research are encouraged to apply.
Prerequisite: PSL303Y1/(PSL304H1, PSL305H1), PSL372H1, PSL374H1, permission of Department
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)
Enrolment Controls: Enrolment is done at the Department (E) similar to PSL496Y and PSL497H1

Summer Research Opportunities

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
The purpose of this award is to provide research work experience that complements the degree program which will encourage students to consider graduate studies and pursue careers in the natural sciences and engineering.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
This award aims to foster advanced research experience for undergraduate students. Students are expected to engage in full-time research for at least 12 weeks during the summer. Additional information and application form can be found on the Department of Physiology website in mid-January.

GLSE Undergraduate Summer Research Project Studentship
This studentship is open to 3rd and 4th year students in Life Sciences with an interest in pursuing graduate training. (Please check Departmental website in January for details).

Research Opportunity Program

PSL299Y1 and PSL399Y1 Research Opportunity Program
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project.
Details at ROP
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: None
Please note: With the exception of PSL299Y and PSL399Y1 (see ROP website),  students should approach faculty directly regarding available  research positions in their labs.

Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A8

Undergraduate Assistant
Eva Eng
Phone:  (416) 978-5077
Room: 3368
E-mail: eva.eng@utoronto.ca

Undergraduate Coordinator
Nohjin Kee
Phone:  (416) 978-6379
Room: 3368
E-mail: nohjin.kee@utoronto.ca