Research Opportunities

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: PCL201H, PCL302H, PCL366H/PCL367H/PCL368H, STA288/PCL376H, and permission of Department

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

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
Michelle Arnot
E-mailmichelle.arnot@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 (E)

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 (E)

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

Hospital / Research Institutes

3560 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6A 2E1

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

Hospital / Research Institutes

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Research at CAMH

Student placements at CAMH

Please note: Students interested in becoming CAMH Research trainees should review the scientific profiles available on the CAMH website, identify researchers working in their area of interest, and contact them directly about any current opportunities, with a short introductory e-mail and a copy of their CV.

CAMH Main Toronto sites:

CAMH operates central clinical and research facilities in Toronto. We also have 8 locations throughout the province that provide communities with education and support for program development, health promotion and prevention. Our main sites in Toronto are: 

Queen Street site (Queen and Ossington)
1001 Queen Street West
30, 40, 50 and 60 White Squirrel Way
100 and 101 Stokes Street
80 Workman Way 
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 1H4

College Street site (including CAMH's Emergency Department)
250 College Street (College and Spadina)
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1R8

Russell Street site (Russell and Spadina)
33 Russell Street 
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2S1

Research Services
E-mailresearchhr@camh.ca

Hospital / Research Institutes

Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Undergraduate research opportunities are handled on a case-by-case basis. For available opportunities, see current research projects and accompanying lab links or search by program on the home page.

160 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3E1

Administrative Assitant
Annie Chan
Phone:  (416) 978-8861
Room: 230
E-mail: ccbr.info@utoronto.ca

Hospital / Research Institutes

150 Kilgour Road
Toronto, Ontario
M4G 1R8

Jeanie Fong
Research Operations Assistant
Phone: 416 425 6220 Ext 3500
Email: jfong@hollandbloorview.ca

 

Hospital / Research Institutes

Hospital for Sick Children
Sick Kids Research Institute

The SickKids Summer Research (SSuRe) Program

2021 SSuRe Program activities will run from May 10 - August 13, 2021. Highlights of the program include weekly scientific seminars presented by scientists at SickKids, a Career Night event where students network with people in various health science positions, and the Annual Summer Student Symposium. At the Symposium, students present the results of their summer projects in poster format, and seven outstanding students give an oral presentation. Awards for best posters and oral presentations are presented to the students at the Symposium Day reception.

Research Summer Student job positions will be posted on our SSuRe Program page in mid-December 2020.  You must submit the application form, CV, transcripts, and one reference letter to each individual job posting. Some postings may require additional documentation. No minimum grade point average (GPA) is required to be eligible to apply to the program. However, these positions are highly competitive, therefore a strong GPA is advantageous.

Applicants must be non-graduate students, either currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or expected to be enrolled in an undergraduate program in Fall 2021. Medical students are eligible to apply. Students in their final year of undergraduate studies are eligible to apply if they are expected to begin a graduate research program in Fall 2021. 

Deadline for applications: January 31, 2021.

Starbucks Clinical Genetics /Genomics Research Studentship Award 2020

The Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children is offering an annual summer student award. This award has been made possible by the Starbucks Coffee Company Endowment Fund and will enable a student to participate in a clinical genetics research project for a 12-week term.  At the time of application, students must be in 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate degree program.  Students in medical school may also apply. 

The stipend for the award is $6,115 for the 12-week program ($14 + 4% vacation for a 35-hour work week). No minimum grade point average (GPA) is required to be eligible to apply to the program. However, please note that these positions are highly competitive, therefore a strong GPA is advantageous.

Deadline for applications is January 24, 2020.

Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children
Peter Giligan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 0A4

Administrative Assistant, Research Training Centre
Grace Park
Phone: (416) 813-7654 Ext. 301426
Email: grace.park@sickkids.ca

Coordinator, Research Training Centre
Melissa Dalgleish
General inquiries, Graduate Studentships and Postdoctoral Fellowships (Restracomp), Clinician-Scientist Training Program (CSTP)
Phone: (416) 813-7781
E-mail: melissa.dalgleish@sickkids.ca; research.trainingcentre@sickkids.ca

Hospital / Research Institutes

Mount Sinai Hospital
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute

RTC Summer Research Program for Undergraduates at Lunenfeld

The summer student program is extremely competitive. Individual scientists select their own summer students; there is no centralized selection process. Please be aware that acceptances are made on a rolling basis. Students must have completed, at the minimum, their second undergraduate year of a recognized university science program by May 2019. Students will be expected to complete a three (3) month period at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum and work full-time hours (37.5 hours per week). Students will work on a project assigned to them by their laboratory supervisor. In addition, students will be required to summarize their work in the form of a poster presentation at an event near the end of the summer. Students will be paid at an hourly rate of $14.00+ 4% vacation pay.  

Application Deadline:  March 4, 2019.

Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
600 University Avenue, 850-1
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1X5

Coordinator, Research Training Centre
Susan Chou
Phone:  (416) 586-4800 Ext. 8407
Room: 850-1
E-mailschou@lunenfeld.ca

Hospital / Research Institutes

St. Michaels Hospital
Li KaShing Knowledge Institute
Keenan Research Centre

Keenan Research Summer Student Program
This program provides opportunities for undergraduate and medical students to conduct research in a laboratory and/or clinical setting at St. Michael’s under the supervision of a Principal Investigator (Scientist and/or MD). Students are also involved in educational programming such as seminars, networking activities and a poster competition. Students can participate in the program in a paid or volunteer capacity; it is up to the PI’s discretion and funding which wage you will be paid or if you will conduct your research project as a volunteer.

Students must be enrolled full time in an undergraduate university program at the time of submitting their paperwork to the PI (at minimum application, CV and cover letter – you may be asked for transcriptions or references; please see the website for full details). Students must agree to participate in the program on a full-time basis; summer students work 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday 7.5/hrs per day). The summer student’s project must take place at St. Michael's, unless the Principal Investigator's office/lab is located off-site.

Application period: January 1st, 2018 to March, 31st, 2018 – it is recommended that you apply early in the application period.

Deadline for applications to principal investigators: April 1, 2018.

How do I apply to the program and when can I contact PIs?

  1. Students must first align themselves with a St. Michael's Principal Investigator (PI). Look at the list of PIs and select a few who conduct research relevant to your interests. Find a Principal Investigator at St. Michael’s. 
  2. Complete one application form per PI who you will contact. Ensure that you tailor each application form to the specific PI you wish to work with. For example, if you submit an application to a PI saying you are interested in mouse models and that PI’s research does not involve mouse models, you will not be a successful candidate. Please note: It is up to the PI whether they will engage you for the summer and if you will be paid or a volunteer. Application forms will be available on the KRSS webpage mid-October 2017.
  3. Email your application along with your CV, transcripts and references to the respective PI within the application period (January 1st, 2018 to March, 31st, 2018). Please do not contact PIs outside of the application period.

The Office of Research Administration does not assist individuals in finding a Principal Investigator to work with at St. Michael's either as a paid employee or a research volunteer. It is up to the individual to find a Principal Investigator at St. Michael's who is doing work that they are interested in and contact them directly. 

Many St. Michael's Principal Investigators are affiliated with the University of Toronto and you can also go through the departments at the university to get a listing of researchers.

St. Michaels Hospital
30 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1W8

Office of Research Administration
250 Yonge Street - 6th Floor
Toronto, ON  M5B 2L7

Keenan Research Training Centre
E-mail: rtc@smh.ca

Keenan Research Summer Student Program
E-mailKRSS@smh.ca

Office of Research Administration
Cordelia Cooper
Research Employment Coordinator
Phone:  (416) 864-3077
E-mail: cooperc@smh.ca

Hospital / Research Institutes

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Sunnybrook Research Institute
2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4N 3M5