Summer Student Program Information

Summer Student Websites and/or Program Coordinators is a list of the websites and/or Program Coordinators within various departments in the Faculty of Medicine, as well as at the affiliated teaching hospitals. You may need to contact the Program Coordinators directly in order to help you find a supervisor and/or visit the websites listed in the document to inquire about eligibility and individual programs.

Summer Studentships is a listing of agencies and foundations that are offering summer studentships. Please note: You must secure a supervisor before applying for funding. Once you have found a supervisor, you will need to find an appropriate source of funding that will be applicable to your area of research and/or research project, if your supervisor does not already have funding for you.

For program-specific questions, please use the contact listed in the posted opportunity. 

Summer Student Websites and/or Program Coordinators

Students should take some time to investigate the areas of expertise and research activities of potential supervisors before contacting researchers, or program coordinators. This will help to focus your search for a supervisor and make it easier for program coordinators to assist you. Please prepare and proof read your CV detailing your education and work experience, and be prepared to provide a letter of reference. Additional materials may be requested. 

***Some departments and hospitals request that students DO NOT contact researchers directly. Please be sure to check if this is the case. ***

2019 Summer Student Program Coordinators at Faculty of Medicine Departments

Department Coordinator Tel/Email Address/notes
Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research Renee Brost

416-946-7006 (tel)
ccbr.info@utoronto.ca

Donnelly CCBR
160 College St., Room 230
http://www.thedonnellycentre.utoronto.ca/donnelly-centre-summer-undergraduate-research-program
Undergraduate research opportunities are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Biochemistry Jennifer Haughton

416-978-2700 (tel)
jennifer.haughton@utoronto.ca

Medical Sciences Building, Room #5207
On line applications can be found on the Biochemistry web site: http://biochemistry.utoronto.ca/undergraduate-program/summer-students/ 
Deadline for submission: February 7, 2018

Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering  


undergrad.ibbme@utoronto.ca

164 College St., Room 407
See website for details: http://ibbme.utoronto.ca/prospective-students/undergraduate-summer-research-program/ 
Deadline: February 21, 2018

Immunology Anna Frey

416-978-0926 (tel)
Undergraduate.Immunology@utoronto.ca

c/o Anna Frey
Medical Sciences Building, Room 7205. Applications can be found on-line at: http://www.immunology.utoronto.ca/immunology-summer-research-program
Deadline: January 12, 2018, 4pm

Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology Teresa Trimboli

416-946-7459 (tel)
teresa.trimboli@utoronto.ca

c/o Teresa Trimboli, Medical Sciences Building #6209 http://www.lmp.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/programs/lmp-undergraduate-summer-student-research-program

Deadline: March 23, 2018

Medical Biophysics Daphne Sears

416-634-8755 (tel)
dsears@uhnres.utoronto.ca

Princess Margaret Hospital, 7th Floor, Room 411, 610 University Ave http://medbio.utoronto.ca/content/summer-student-program-overview-and-faq
Deadline for submission: February 15, 2018
Molecular Genetics MoGen Student Services

416-946-7714 (tel)
studentservices.mogen@utoronto.ca

Medical Sciences Building, Room #4377 http://www.moleculargenetics.utoronto.ca/summer-research-program 
Deadline: Various deadlines

Institute of Medical Science (IMS) Elena Gessas

416-946-8286 (tel)
dir.medscience@utoronto.ca

Medical Science Building, Room #2374  https://ims.utoronto.ca/programs/summer-undergraduate/
Deadline: February 14, 2018

Medicine Contact Division Directors To obtain a list of the Division Directors, please visit: http://www.deptmedicine.utoronto.ca/division-directors  
Nutritional Sciences Louisa Matela

louisa.matela@utoronto.ca


Medical Sciences Building, 5th Floor, Room 5253A
1 King`s College Circle.
http://nutrisci.med.utoronto.ca/undergraduate-research-opportunities
Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5pm

Obstetrics & Gynaecology Various

Contact Individual Principal Investigators

55 Queen St., Fifth Floor
http://www.obgyn.utoronto.ca/research-opportunities
Undergraduate research opportunities are handled on a case-by-case basis. Students are encouraged to visit faculty members' webpages to determine an area of interest, and write a formal letter of introduction directly to them (e-mail communication is accepted).

Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery   crems.programs@utoronto.ca

R. Fraser Elliott Building
190 Elizabeth St., Room 3S-438 http://www.md.utoronto.ca/research

 

Pharmacology  & Toxicology David S. Riddick

416-978-0813 (tel)
david.riddick@utoronto.ca

Medical Sciences Building, #4207 http://www.pharmtox.utoronto.ca/undergraduate-awards-and-student-research-opportunities

Deadline for UTEA-NSE and NSERC-USRA: March 5, 2018
Deadline for all other awards: March 23, 2018
  

Physical Therapy Dr. Sunita Mathur

416-978-7761 (tel)
sunita.mathur@utoronto.ca

Rehabilitation Science Building 500 University, Room 824
http://www.physicaltherapy.utoronto.ca/our-community/faculty-staff/faculty Undergraduate research opportunities are handled on a case-by-case basis. Students are encouraged to visit faculty members' webpages to determine an area of interest, and write a formal letter of introduction directly to them (e-mail communication is accepted).

Physiology Eva Eng eva.eng@utoronto.ca

Medical Sciences Building, Room 3209 http://www.physiology.utoronto.ca/undergraduate-awards   
NSERC USRA: TBA
UROP & GLSE: March 16, 2018 at 12pm
GLSE USLA: February 16, 2018

Speech-Language Pathology Dr. Alice Eriks-Brophy

416-946-8633 (tel)
a.eriks.brophy@utoronto.ca

Rehabilitation Sciences Building, 160-500 University Ave
http://www.slp.utoronto.ca/faculty-and-staff/faculty/
Deadline: None Posted.

Surgery Dr. N. McKee 416-586-5197 (tel)
n.mckee@utoronto.ca

Mount Sinai Hospital, Room 435
http://surgery.utoronto.ca/facultyStudents should search the internet and journal publications to identifying a researcher you would like to work with. Review their work and become familiar with their areas of expertise, and write a formal letter of introduction directly to them.

2018 Summer Student Program Coordinators at UofT - Affiliated Teaching Hospitals

Hospital Coordinator Tel/Fax/Email/ (http://) Address/notes

Baycrest Research Training Centre

Dr. Rosanne Aleong

416-785-2500 x 2905 (tel)
raleong@research.baycrest.org

For information on summer student positions at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute visit: https://www.baycrest.org/Baycrest/Research-Innovation/People/Students-Trainees/Summer-Student-Programs. Selections will be made on an ongoing basis, so apply as early as possible.  Only ONE online submission is required. 
Most hiring decisions will be made by April 15, 2018

Bloorview Research Institute  

brievents@hollandbloorview.ca

For information on the Ward Family Foundation Summer Student Program, visit:
http://research.hollandbloorview.ca/TrainwithUs/Wardfamilysummerstudentresearchprogram
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Hospital for Sick Children   summer.program@sickkids.ca

For information on the SickKids Summer Research Program, list of hiring scientists, positions offered and downloadable applications visit: http://www.sickkids.ca/Research/StudentandFellowResources/The-SickKids-Summer-Research-Program/index.html   Applications must include the following documents: resume, university transcripts, and letter of reference (from a professor or previous employer). All applications must be submitted directly to the hiring scientist and by the method the scientist indicates.
Deadline: January 31, 2018

Mount Sinai Hospital Dr. Cindy Todoroff

todoroff@lunenfeld.ca

The RTC Summer Research Program for Undergraduates at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute. Please visit http://www.mshri.on.ca/rtc/?page=Summer Students for details.
Deadline: February 28, 2018

Princess Margaret Hospital Various See different program pages for contact information.

Princess Margaret Hospital 7th Floor, Room 411 610 University Ave For more information visit: http://www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret/Research/Research_Programs/Pages/research_programs.aspx
Various deadlines.

St. Michael’s Hospital  

KRSS@smh.ca

Keenan Research Centre at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute Summer Student Program
St. Michael’s Hospital at the University of Toronto, 30 Bond St. Toronto, ON, M5B 1W8.
Students can begin emailing PIs January 1, 2018. Deadline: April 1, 2018

Women’s College Hospital Sarah Tang

sarah.tang@wchospital.ca

Women’s Health Student Experience Summer Program. Women’s College Research Institute, 790 Bay St., 7th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 1N8.
http://www.womensresearch.ca/learning-centre/undergraduate-summer-program/
Deadline: 2018 deadline not posted

Sunnybrook Health Sciences  Centre Jeanette Andreatta jeanette.andreatta@sri.utoronto.ca

D+H SRI Summer Student Research Program. Students are encouraged to check the careers section of the SRI website and contact scientists with whom they are interested in working.
http://sunnybrook.ca/research/content/?page=sri_ed_summ_uni 
Deadline: Now closed
 

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

 

StudentCentre@uhn.ca

Student Placements
http://www.uhn.ca/TorontoRehab/Education/Pages/student_placements.aspx

To request changes to this page please contact Cindy Faber in the Faculty of Medicine Research Office at cindy.faber@utoronto.ca

Revised October 16, 2018.

 

Summer Studentships

Updated Novemeber 23, 2018. 

The following information was compiled by the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Research Office.  
For program-specific questions, please use the contact listed in the posted opportunity. 

 

SUMMER 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.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2019.

CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE

Hannah Studentship - Additional information 

The studentship funds up to four students per year and offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study and learn the techniques of historical research and to encourage future serious study of medical history. Students must be registered in a recognized undergraduate program at a Canadian university. Any full time undergraduate student is eligible to apply provided the proposed project and supervisor meet the criteria. Funding is in the form of a stipend only, to a maximum of $5,500. The award may be held for a period of three consecutive months during the academic summer recess (May-August). Payment is made to the institution where the student is registered.

Deadline for applications is February 23, 2018.   

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, 2019. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the minimum wage rate increases to $15 per hour on January 1, 2019, then the students stipend will be a minimum of $6,300 for the 12-week program based on an hourly rate of $15 for a 35-hour work week.  The Banting & Best Diabetes Centre will provide $3,150 and a minimum of $3,150 must be provided by the supervisor.

For inquiries contact Sanam Tajadod, E-mail: admin.bbdc@utoronto.ca Tel: 416-978-3498;


Deadline for applications is January 17,2019, 4pm.

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES

Canadian Blood Services Summer Research Scholarship Program

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   

Deadline for applications: No competition planned for 2019.

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.

Deadline for applications: March 1, 2019.

CANADIAN FOUNDATION FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES (CFID)

CFID Undergraduate Summer Research Awards 2018

This award is funded for $5,000 for an 12-13 week research term. Adjudication is by a selection committee and will be competitive based on academic achievement, research potential or experience, and mentor acceptance. 

Deadline for applications is January 29, 2018.

CANADIAN LIVER FOUNDATION

Summer Studentships

The Canadian Liver Foundation Summer Studentship Program provides an opportunity for a limited number of well-motivated students with records of strong academic performance to participate in liver-related research.  In 2016, up to six summer studentships may be awarded in Ontario. Applicants must be registered at a Canadian institution in an undergraduate degree program. Canadian citizens, landed immigrants and permanent residents will receive first consideration.  The award will be $3500 for the student’s stipend plus $500 for supplies. The specific uses of the funds shall be dictated by the policies of the research administration office of the sponsoring institution. Payment of the award will be made on or about June 1, to the sponsoring institution.

Deadline for applications: 2019 information will be posted in January 2019

CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH IN AMBULATORY CARE RESEARCH TEAM (CANHEART) 

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. Funding is available for 3 months beginning June 1st, 2018 and ending August 31st, 2018.  All successful students will be expected to present their research protocol and end of project results in a summer student seminar.

Deadline for applications is March 16, 2018. 

THE HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN

The SickKids Summer Research Program (SSuRe)

The 2018 SSuRe Program activities will run from April 30 - August 16. Specific start dates are arranged directly with the hiring scientists. Some scientists will post their available positions on December 18, 2017. The deadline to apply to these centrally posted positions is January 31, 2018. After the deadline, students are advised to contact the scientist(s) directly to inquire if positions remain available.  Each scientist will indicate the method by which they wish to receive applications (i.e. mail, fax, email). The method(s) indicated are the only way to apply to each scientist.

Any non-graduate research student working under a SickKids scientist for or over the summer may participate in the SSuRe Program activities, regardless of citizenship, area of placement or study, or source of payment. The only area of the SSuRe Program with restrictions is if the scientist with whom you'll be working is receiving a Lunenfeld Summer Studentship. Scientists will advise you if you are a Lunenfeld funded student. 

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: January 31, 2018.

THE HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN - CLINICAL AND METABOLIC GENETICS

Starbucks Clinical Genetics Research Studentship Award

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 February 16, 2018.

KEENAN RESEARCH CENTREeenan Research Centre - St. Michael's Hospital

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 must agree to participate in the program on a full-time basis and not terminate their engagement prior to the stipulated end date. 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. Students hired as employees of the hospital and paid hourly wage that falls on a pay scale starting at $14. Students registered as research volunteers who wish to gain experience in a research setting (Please note: volunteer students will not be paid stipends/honorariums at any time and will solely act as volunteers).

Students must align themselves with a PI and set up appointments to speak to them personally. Find a Principal Investigator at St. Michael’s.

Please do not begin contacting principal investigators until Jan. 1, 2019.

Registration packages will be available and distributed to PIs in late March/Early April 2019.

LUNENFELD-TANENBAUM RESEARCH INSITITUTE

RTC Summer Research for Undergraduates @ The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum

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.  

Deadline for applications: March 4, 2019. 

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL BIOPHYSICS
MBP Summer Student Program
 

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
 

NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA  
Experience Awards (previously Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards (IUSRA)

Experience 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 or 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 maximum value (from NSERC) of $4,500 for a full 16-week period.  Companies are required to supplement each award by at least 25%.  Supplements to the monthly value and fringe benefits, if applicable, will be the responsibility of the company.  I‑USRAs can be held within the Canadian-based research facilities of any Canadian private-sector organization eligible to host an I-USRA. These awards may not be held outside Canada.  For further information, see the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in NSERC Industrial Training Programs. Students may apply for awards at one or more of the approved companies of their choice.  NSERC will support up to 15 students per eligible company per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

Deadline for applications; NSERC should receive applications from the company at least FOUR weeks before the scheduled start date of the work term.

NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA  
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. 

PARKINSON’S DISEASE FOUNDATION

APDA Summer Student Fellowships

PDF’s Summer Fellowship Program is used to support students – from advanced undergraduates to graduate and medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. Fellows work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the Parkinson's community and oversees the project.  Typically, summer fellowships are offered for 10 weeks of laboratory work with an award of $4,000. Undergraduate students and medical students are eligible for summer fellowships.  Graduate students may apply if they can demonstrate a financial need, such as lack of summer funding. Each applicant must identify a mentor, with whom he or she will conduct the proposed project. Please note that this year, all applications must be submitted online through the PDF website at grants.pdf.org; no paper copies will be accepted.

Deadline for applications December 3, 2018.

SANDRA ROTMAN CENTRE and GRAND CHALLENGES CANADA 

Summer Student Program

Each summer, Grand Challenges Canada welcomes passionate and driven students from a variety of disciplines to work as part of our team through our Summer Student Program. Grand Challenges Canada’s Summer Students will work in and across the following areas, based on their interests and experience: Operations and Finance; Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health; Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Innovation Marketplace.

To be eligible for a summer studentship, students must be currently enrolled in, or graduated within the last year from, a post-secondary institution at the time of submitting an application. International students are eligible to apply as long as they meet the aforementioned criteria and are authorized to work in Canada.

Deadline for Applications: January 19, 2018 at 4pm ET. 

 

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