GRADUATE & LIFE SCIENCES EDUCATION

Research Opportunities

International Research

Centre for International Experience

Exchange programs are a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture while earning an academic credit. On exchange, you will find yourself with locals and living close to the pulse of the host culture. The University of Toronto has agreements with various universities around the world. Depending on the host university and your interests, you can conduct research with faculty at a partner institution listed on the CIE website.

Summer Research Exchange Program

CSB397Y0 Research Abroad in Cell & Systems Biology
An independent research project conducted in a cell biology, developmental biology, plant biology, neurophysiology, or systems biology research lab in an approved partner university. The laboratory research is supervised by a faculty member at the partner institution.
Prerequisite: BIO230H1/BIO255H1/BIO271H1 with a minimum grade of 73%; permission of the CSB Undergraduate Associate Chair
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)

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
Breadth Requirement: None

Student Exchange Program
Cumberland House
33 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2E3
Room: 209

For questions about regular exchange (including potential semester and year-long research placements):
Outbound Student Exchange Office
Phone: (416) 978-1800
E-mail: learning.abroad@utoronto.ca

For questions about CIE Summer Research Exchange Program:
Elina Tulla
Learning Abroad Advisor
Phone: (416) 978-2115
E-mail: learning.abroad@utoronto.ca

International Research

International Course Module

The Faculty of Arts & Science’s International Course Module Program (ICMs) provides an opportunity for faculty members to incorporate an intensive international experience into the framework of existing undergraduate courses.

Since the ICMs were first introduced, more than 50 groups of students have traveled to destinations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. Modules are integrated into the course plan and travel is scheduled to coincide with Reading Week.

Student groups may submit ICM proposals with a sponsoring faculty member. See submission guidelines for complete information.

Please note:  The ICM program funds Arts & Science students and faculty only, and faculty members from Medicine wishing to apply for this program would need to provide funding for their travel.

International Research

Science Abroad

This exciting program allows science students to complete a research course at one of several prestigious research facilities located overseas.  Students will collaborate with colleagues from other countries, and explore problems of a global nature.  Through this experiential learning process, students will have the chance to relate their academic studies to real-world lab situations, while also earning course credit that will count towards their degree requirements

Professional and International Programs
Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A9

Phone:  (416) 978-8713
E-mail: summer.abroad@utoronto.ca

Research Programs

Graduate and Life Sciences Education, Faculty of Medicine will award 8 annual summer research project studentships per summer to support third or fourth year specialist and/or major students in our Basic Science departments and in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.  Non-University of Toronto students should have equivalent qualifications.  This is to provide mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students who undertake in depth study in one of our life sciences programs of study.  Each department receives one studentship per summer to be awarded to a student the department selects based on excellent academic merit and interest in future graduate training.  The award carries a value of $4,800 each.

Award Duration:
This is a 12 full week summer program, normally between May 1 and August 31

Eligibility:

  • Students must be registered as a full-time student in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Toronto and have successfully completed a term in a full-time undergraduate program directly prior to the award period.
  • University of Toronto and non-University of Toronto students may be considered.
  • Students may be considered by only one application to this program.
  • Supervisors can be named as primary supervisor for only one application through one unit to this Program.
  • Student must have obtained a cumulative cGPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Students must be enrolled in a third or fourth year specialist and/or major in the Faculty of Medicine Basic Science departments and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or foreign student with valid student visa for the full summer work term.
  • Be engaged on a full-time basis in research activities under the direction of an eligible supervisor
  • Interest in future graduate training
  • Has not started a program of graduate studies

In addition to these conditions, the submissions should have the following attributes

  • A designated faculty member appointed as coordinator of the summer program for each department or group.
  • A continuity of supervision for each student for the duration of the summer program, with supervisors involved in the program being members or associate members of the School of Graduate Studies.
  • An academic structure with clear accountability at the end of the summer program, e.g. required seminar presentations of students' own work.

Please Note:  It is the responsibility of Faculty Supervisor/Department Chair/Division to communicate all award/payment/reporting details to the student.

Research Programs

Research Excursions

The 398/399 Research Excursions provides an opportunity for Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in their third year (i.e., after completing at least 9 but not more than 14 credits) to participate in a practical or experiential activity under the supervision of a faculty member. The practical, experiential component can take the form of research/learning in archives, laboratories, libraries, or in a field camp, etc.—but not in a classroom at another university (that is covered by the Faculty’s summer abroad and exchange programs). The projects run within the May-August period, when both Faculty and students would be able to make the time commitments necessary. Regular tuition fees apply.

Each 398H0/399Y0 has a program-specific designator, such as ANT, CLA, CSB, VIC, etc., and would be eligible to count towards program completion if the program sponsor (Chair or Director) so chooses. A limited number of 398H0/399Y0 courses are available each year. Faculty supervisors propose the projects and choose the students who apply.

Students must also attend a Safety Abroad Seminar. Descriptions of the projects are available on the Faculty's web site in early February.

Applications are available online and must be emailed to the supervising instructor by late February (due date indicated on the website). Students are informed in mid-March whether they have been accepted. Successful applicants are registered by the 399 office.

Office of The Dean
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2005
100 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3G3

Undergraduate Teaching and Learning (398/399 Programs)
Deborah Shaw
Phone: (416) 978-0359
Room: 2133
E-mail: deb.shaw@utoronto.ca

Research Programs

Research Opportunity Program

The Research Opportunity Program (ROP) provides an opportunity for Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in their second year (i.e., after completing at least 4 but not more than 9 credits) to earn one course credit by participating in a faculty member’s research project. Each 299Y1/399Y1 course has a program-specific designator, such as ANT, CLA, CSB, VIC, etc. Not all departments or programs will necessarily participate in the ROP each year. Regular tuition fees apply.

A limited number of 299Y1/399Y1 courses are available each year. Faculty supervisors propose the projects and choose the students who apply.

Descriptions of ROP projects are available on the Faculty's web site mid-February. Students wishing to participate should email online ROP Application forms to deb.shaw@utoronto.ca by the due date indicated on the website.

Students can apply to a maximum of three ROPs in total, but can accept only one project. Students are informed in early July (mid-April for Summer courses) whether they have been accepted. Successful applicants are registered by the ROP office.

Students are expected to keep a journal recording meetings, progress, and what was learned about the project in particular and the nature of research in general.

Office of The Dean
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2005
100 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3G3

Undergraduate Teaching and Learning (299 Programs)
Deborah Shaw
Phone: (416) 978-0359
Room: 2133
E-mail: deb.shaw@utoronto.ca

Research Programs

Undergraduate Research Fund

The Undergraduate Research Fund fosters research experience at the undergraduate level by providing students with an opportunity to develop a research project of their own, for which there is no other available funding. The fund is open to all Arts & Science undergraduate students in good academic standing and no minimum GPA is required.

The Fund is to be used for research initiated by students, related to their degree, and supervised by a faculty member either through a regular course, an independent study, a research essay, or other academic project. For example, students may want to explore in more depth ideas that emerged in a 299Y course, or to further develop some implications of the research they have done in a seminar, or to undertake additional research required to turn a final essay into a publication (e.g., journal article).

There are two competitions held each year, please see the URF website for deadlines. All applicants will be informed of their results approximately one month after the competition has closed.

The Undergraduate Research Fund is funded jointly by the Arts & Science Students’ Union (ASSU) and the Faculty of Arts & Science.     

Office of the Faculty Registrar, Faculty of Arts & Science
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 1006
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3G3

Manager, Faculty Governance & Curriculum
Lanor Mallon
Phone: (416) 978-7597
E-maillanor.mallon@utoronto.ca

Research Programs

The department awards these to students applying for summer research programs.  Please contact the department for more information.

Faculty of Medicine
Biochemistry
Immunology
Institute of Medical Sciences
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Medical Biophysics
Molecular Genetics
Nutritional Sciences
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physiology

Research Programs

Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program - NSERC

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (URSA) in Universities

The undergraduate student research awards are available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents registered as full-time students in eligible undergraduate programs in the natural sciences or engineering at the time of application.  When the award is held, the student must have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms) of your bachelor's degree, and must not have started a program of graduate studies.  Students must have obtained a cumulative average of at least second class (B) over the previous years of study.  Students are eligible if they are registered in a bachelor’s degree program leading to an honours degree or a degree with a major. Candidates for undergraduate professional degrees in the health sciences (eg MD, DDS, BScN) are not eligible to hold these awards.  The awards have a value of $4,500.  A travel allowance may also be granted if the award is taken at another Canadian university.  The work must be performed under the supervision of a faculty member who holds an active NSERC research grant.  The normal duration of the award is 16 consecutive weeks.  Universities are required to supplement each award by at least 25%.  Universities may also provide fringe benefits.  Please Note: Students should apply through the supervisor’s department.  Individual departments may have their own internal deadline for receipt of applications.

Please visit the Research Services URSA webpage for more details.

Deadline for applications: January 9, 2017.
 

McMurrich Building
12 Queen's Park Crescent W
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1S8
3rd Floor
 

Research Funding Officer, Natural Sciences and Engineering
Alexander Quinn
E-mailalexander.quinn@utoronto.ca

Keti Dzamova
E-mail: keti.dzamova@utoronto.ca

Research Programs

University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) program funded by the Vice-President Research.  The UTEA program provides eligible undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct summer research projects under the supervision of eligible U of T faculty members. 

To provide opportunities for research experience at the undergraduate level in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) or social sciences and humanities (SSH); to augment the formal research courses offered by the University of Toronto; to give undergraduate students opportunities to experience different approaches to research in various fields; to help students learn and appreciate the investigative methodology of areas of particular interest; and to provide students with an experience that will allow them to make informed decisions about pursuing careers in research.

The UTEA is an allocation-based program, through which a Division is allocated a number of UTEA awards.

Please check with your department for more information if available.

Research Services
McMurrich Building
12 Queen’s Park Crescent West
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1S8
3rd Floor

Michael Hussey
Research Funding Manager, Internal Programs
m.hussey@utoronto.ca
(416) 978-3211

Shanna Pritchard, PMP
Research Funding Officer, Internal Programs
shanna.pritchard@utoronto.ca
(416) 978-7118