Research Opportunities

Cardiovascular Health in Ambulatory Health Research Team (CANHEART)

Summer Research Studentships

CANHEART Summer Studentship Award

CANHEART strives to a) improve the community-based care provided to patients with cardiovascular risk factors and/or chronic conditions, and b) stimulate health system changes and quality improvement activities, resulting in better patient outcomes. This studentship is open to health sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health students, medical students and students enrolled in course-based (i.e. non-research-based) graduate programs.  All successful students will be expected to present their research protocol and end of project results in a summer student seminar.

Research Organization: 

Summer Research Studentships

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Summer Research Studentships

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: PCL201H, PCL302H, PCL366H/PCL367H/PCL368H, STA288/PCL376H, and permission of Department
NOTE: this course is only available to students enrolled in a Specialist program

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:  PCL201H, PCL302H, PCL366H/PCL367H/PCL368H, STA288/PCL376H, and permission of Department
Exclusion: PCL472Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)
NOTE: this course is only available to students enrolled in a Specialist program

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. 

Research Organization: 

Departments

Facility Address

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

Contact Info

Undergraduate Program Officer
Charlotte Pashley
Phone:  (416) 978-2728
Room: MSB 4207
E-mailcharlotte.pashley@utoronto.ca

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Education
Michelle Arnot
E-mailmichelle.arnot@utoronto.ca

University Health Network - Office of Research Trainees

Summer Research Studentships

University Health Network, Office of Research Trainees

KITE/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
550 University Ave
Toronto, ON M5G 2A2

Krembil Research Institute
399 Bathurst St.
Toronto, ON M5T 2S8

McEwen Stem Cell Institute
101 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1L7

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
610 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 2M9

TECHNA Institute
124-100 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1L5

The Institute for Education Research
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1V4

Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
200 Elizabeth St.
Toronto, ON M5G 2C

The University Health Network (UHN) is Canada’s largest hospital network, encompassing 4 hospital sites and 7 research institutes with each specializing in different areas of expertise. At UHN, trainees will find outstanding patient care, partnered with cutting edge health research and multi-disciplinary collaboration. UHN provides an unparalleled opportunity for a trainee to develop and fully realize their potential as a scientist.  Each year UHN hosts over 500 summer students.

UHN does not have a formal summer student placement program, rather each prospective student establishes their own connections with UHN Principal Investigators (PIs). We recommend that students familiarize themselves with the types of research happening within our organization. Searches can be done by PI name, research institute or by research interest by visiting our website here and scrolling down to click on “view a list of UHN researchers with profiles”. Once you have determined a few PIs that are conducting research that aligns with your interests, you should contact them directly to inquire whether there is an opportunity for you in their lab. It is up to the PI whether the participation in a summer research project is on a volunteer or paid basis.

We also suggest reviewing the various summer research programs offered through departments at the University of Toronto as many of our PIs have appointments there. Within their websites you can find a listing of researchers and select those conducting research at UHN. PI websites will also specify the U of T Department(s) with which they are affiliated.

Research Organization: 

Hospital / Research Institutes

Facility Address

Office of Research Trainees (ORT)
University Health Network
MaRS/PMCRT
101 College Street, Suite 13-701
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1L7

Office of Research Trainees
Coordinator
Lindsay Lustig
Phone: (416) 634-8775
E-mailort.admin@uhnresearch.ca

Contact Info

Office of Research Trainees
Coordinator
Lindsay Lustig
Phone:  (416) 634-8775
E-mailort.admin@uhnres.utoronto.ca

Women's College Research Institute

Summer Research Studentships

Women’s College Research Institute

The Summer Student Research Program

Research Organization: 

Hospital / Research Institutes

Facility Address

76 Grenville Street, 6th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1B2

Contact Info

Program Administrator
Kristen Dileo
E-mailKristen.Dileo@wchospital.ca

American Physiological Society (APS)

Summer Research Studentships

AMERICAN PHYSIOLOGICAL SOCIETY (APS)
Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships

The program funds up to 24 full-time undergraduate students with little or no laboratory research experience to work for 10 weeks during the summer in the laboratory of an established APS investigator. Each student has his/her own research question to work on during the summer. The intent of this program is to excite and encourage students to pursue a career as a basic research scientist.

In addition, Fellows receive a travel grant to allow them to attend and present their research data at the following year's APS annual meeting (Experimental Biology), which is a broad-based scientific meeting of five to seven diverse biological scientific societies that are members of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). There are many opportunities for the students to mingle with other undergraduate students, graduate students, and researchers at the meeting, in addition to all the scientific presentations and posters they can attend.

The laboratory host must be an APS member in good standing.

Banting and Best Diabetes Centre

Summer Research Studentships

Banting and Best Diabetes Centre
Charles Hollenberg Summer Studentship Program

There are fourteen summer studentships available to qualified undergraduate and/or medical students to carry out full-time summer research in the laboratory of a member of the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC).  Students will be required to work full-time for a minimum of 12 weeks between May 1 and August 31, 2022.. 

The student’s stipend will be a minimum of $5,880 based on an hourly rate of $14 for a 35-hour work week for the 12-week program. The Banting & Best Diabetes Centre will provide $2,940 and a minimum of $2,940 must be provided by the supervisor.

For inquiries contact Sanam Tajadod, E-mail: admin.bbdc@utoronto.ca Tel: 416-978-349

Baycrest

Hospital / Research Institutes

Facility Address

3560 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6A 2E1

Contact Info

Research Training Centre
Dr. Rosanne Aleong
Phone:  (416) 785-2500 Ext. 2905
E-mailtraining@research.baycrest.org; raleong@research.baycrest.org

Biochemistry

Summer Research Studentships

Biochemistry

Research Project

BCH374Y1 Research Project in Biochemistry[12T/144P]
This course provides an opportunity to perform specialized research in biochemistry under the direct supervision of Biochemistry Department Faculty.
Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: For Specialist: BCH242Y1 (75% or higher); BIO230H1CHM247H1CHM249H1, and approval of the course coordinator. For Major: BCH210H1 (80% or higher); BIO230H1CHM247H1CHM249H1, and approval of the course coordinator.
Distribution Requirements: Science
Breadth Requirements: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

BCH473Y1 Advanced Research Project in Biochemistry
Hours: 144P
This course provides opportunities to pursue an original individual research project in a particular area of biochemistry, under the direct supervision of a Biochemistry Department faculty member. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: For Specialist: BCH340H1BCH377H1BCH378H1; 75% or higher in MGY311Y1; and approval of the course coordinator. For Major: BCH370H1; 80% or higher in BCH311H1; and approval of the course coordinator.
Corequisite: BCH478H1
Distribution Requirements: Science
Breadth Requirements: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

Summer Research Opportunities

BCH372Y1 - Summer Research in Biochemistry
Hours: 144P
Real-world opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and hone technical skills through full-time research in an active research laboratory for students who have completed second year. Students are responsible for arranging for supervision by a Department of Biochemistry faculty member in advance of the academic year-end. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: A final grade of 75% or higher in BCH242Y1 and approval of the course coordinator.
Distribution Requirements: Science
Breadth Requirements: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

BCH472Y1 - Advanced Summer Research Project in Biochemistry
Hours: 144P
Real-world opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and hone technical skills through full-time research in an active research laboratory for students who have completed third year. Students are responsible for arranging for supervision by a Department of Biochemistry faculty member in advance of the academic year-end. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: A final grade of 75% or higher in each of BCH340H1BCH377H1BCH378H1; and approval of the course coordinator.
Distribution Requirements: Science
Breadth Requirements: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Please contact the department for more information.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
Students are invited to submit their applications to the department for summer research experience. Please see the department website 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 department for more informa

Research Opportunity Program

BCH299Y1/BCH399Y1 Research Opportunity Program
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project.
Details at ROP
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: None

Research Organization: 

Departments

Facility Address

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

Contact Info

Undergraduate Administrator
Jennifer Haughton
Phone: (416) 978-2700
Room: MSB 5207
E-mailjennifer.haughton@utoronto.ca

Undergraduate Coordinator
Alex Ensminger
Phone:  (416) 946-8274
E-mailbiochemistry.undergrad@utoronto.ca

Canadian Blood Services

Summer Research Studentships

Summer Internship Program (SIP)

The aim of the SIP is to attract and support students at Canada’s post-secondary institutions to contribute to, and experience from, working on projects within any division of CBS.  Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously been supported by the program. Support is offered directly to the student to a maximum of $7,500 for up to 4 months. Applicants who will work with blood or blood products must provide evidence of a Hepatitis B vaccination before the award commences. 

Applications are available online at the link provided above or by contacting CHeryl Hubert, Coordinator, Centre for Innovation, Canadian Blood Services, tel: (613) 739-2230, fax: (613)739-2201, email: cheryl.hubert@blood.ca

Research Organization: 

Summer Research Studentships

Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Summer Research Studentships

CANADIAN CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION

Summer Studentships

Full-time students pursuing undergraduate degrees in appropriate disciplines are eligible for studentships to work on a cystic fibrosis project during the summer. Under certain circumstances, other special academic situations may be considered for a Summer Studentship. The proposed supervisor need NOT be in receipt of a Cystic Fibrosis Canada grant. On average there are twelve studentships per year, and in 2012 the amount was $4000 per award.

Applications must be made by the proposed supervisor on behalf of a student. Applications directly from students cannot be accepted.