Research Opportunities

Departments

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); BIO230H1; CHM247H1/ CHM249H1, and approval of the course coordinator. For Major: BCH210H1 (80% or higher); BIO230H1; CHM247H1/ CHM249H1, 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: BCH340H1; BCH377H1; BCH378H1; 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 BCH340H1; BCH377H1; BCH378H1; 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

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

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

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

Departments

Cell and Systems Biology

Research Project

BCB330Y1Special Project in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
An opportunity for specialized individual research in bioinformatics and computational biology by arrangement with the course coordinator and a supervisor. Significant background in both life science and computer science courses is required. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: Permission of the course coordinator.
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)

BCB430Y1 Advanced Special Project in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
An opportunity for advanced specialized individual research in bioinformatics and computational biology by arrangement with the course coordinator and a supervisor. Significant background in both life science and computer science courses is required.
BCB330Y1 is a recommended preparation for this course. However, students should not normally conduct their project in the same laboratory or continue their previous project. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: Permission of the course coordinator
Recommended Preparation:
BCB330Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)

CSB497H1
Independent Research in Cell and Systems Biology I
An original research project (a literature review alone is not sufficient) requiring the prior consent of a member of the Department to supervise the project. The topic is to be mutually agreed upon by the student and supervisor. They must arrange the time, place, and provision of any materials and submit to the Undergraduate Office a signed form of agreement outlining details prior to being enrolled. In the Fall or Winter sessions, a commitment of 8-10 hours per week is expected for research and related course activities. In the Summer Session, the number of hours doubles (16-20 per week) as the length of the term is halved. Many students spend more than this amount of time as they become immersed in their project. This course is normally open only to fourth year students with adequate background in Cell and Systems Biology. Course requirements include a final report, and either an oral presentation (Summer and Fall sessions) or a poster presentation (Winter session). Two workshops on scientific research are scheduled and highly recommended. Details for enrollment are available at
the Undergraduate course section of the CSB website, http://csb.utoronto.ca Maximum of 2.0 FCEs allowed among CSB497H1, CSB498Y1 and CSB499Y1. (Lab Materials Fee: $25). Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Science course
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

CSB498Y1
Independent Research in Cell and Systems Biology I
An original research project (a literature review alone is not sufficient) requiring the prior consent of a member of the Department to supervise the project. The topic is to be mutually agreed upon by the student and supervisor. They must arrange the time, place, and provision of any materials and submit to the Undergraduate Office a signed form of agreement outlining details prior to being enrolled. In the Fall/Winter session, a commitment of 8-10 hours per week is expected for research and related course activities. In the Summer session, the number of hours doubles (16-20 per week) as the length of the term is halved. This course is normally open only to fourth year students with adequate background in Cell and Systems Biology. Course requirements include a final report and either an oral presentation (Summer session) or a poster presentation (Fall/Winter session). Four workshops on scientific research are scheduled and highly recommended. Details for enrollment are available at
the Undergraduate course section of the CSB website, http://csb.utoronto.ca Maximum of 2.0 FCEs allowed among CSB497H1, CSB498Y1 and CSB499Y1. (Lab Materials Fee: $50). Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Science course
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

CSB499Y1 Independent Research in Cell and Systems Biology II
Allows students to do a second independent project. Operates in the same manner as CSB497H1/CSB498Y1. Maximum of 2.0 FCEs allowed among CSB497H1, CSB498Y1 and CSB499Y1. (Lab Materials Fee: $50). Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: CSB497H1/CSB498Y1 Students who have completed both CSB497H1 and CSB498Y1 are excluded from taking CSB499Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

Research Abroad

CSB397Y0 Research Abroad in Cell & Systems Biology
An independent research project conducted in molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, neurobiology, physiology or systems biology.  Whole organism, cell culture, in vitro or in silico studies are acceptable.  The laboratory research is conducted by the student and supervised by a faculty member at an approved partner university. An information session is held each fall, and an application and interview process is required.  The research is typically conducted from May to August.  Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
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)

Work Study Program
Cell and Systems Biology will continue to offer this program as long as funding is available from any source.

Summer Research Fellowships

CSB Summer Undergraduate Research Award

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

University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA)

University of Toronto Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function (CAGEF)

Research Opportunity Program
CSB299Y1/399Y1 Research Opportunity Program
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project.
Details at ROP
Distribution Requirement Status:
Science
Breadth Requirement: None

Ramsay Wright Building
25 Harbord Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3G5

Reception
Phone:  (416) 978-3477

Undergraduate Coordinator
Janet Mannone
Phone: (416) 978-8879
Room: RW424D
E-mail:
janet.mannone@utoronto.ca

Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Tony Harris
Phone: (416) 946-0873
Room: RW517
E-mail:
tony.harris@utoronto.ca

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
IMM385Y1 - Special Research Project in Immunology
This course provides an opportunity for students to conduct a research project under the supervision of a member of the Faculty. Students are expected to devote a minimum of seven hours per week to the course from the week the fall term lectures begin to the last week of the spring term. Research projects will involve experimental design and work, data analyses, literature reading etc.
Prerequisite: IMM250H1

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).
 

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

Educational Programs Coordinator
Kate Sedore
Phone:  416-978-6382
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, LMP340H1, LMP350H1; /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: 6209
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

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: Mid-January, 2020. Students may submit applications until Thursday April 30, 2020, however please be aware that MBP faculty will begin reviewing completed applications and making hiring decisions as of mid-January 2020.

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 2020/2021 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 visit the departmental website for more information. Applications for 2020 are now closed.

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