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Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Institute of Medical Science (IMS) has an exceptional Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). Dr. Vasundara Venkateswaran has served as the Director of the program since 2010. This program provides an opportunity for undergraduate B.Sc. and medical students (who do not hold a graduate degree) to become involved in projects relating to biomedical research. Projects range across a broad spectrum of disciplines, from molecular biology and cognitive science to clinical investigation and bioethics.

Participants selected for the program spend 3 months in the summer (June-August) in a laboratory or clinical setting, working on a research project. During this time students are encouraged to participate in laboratory meetings, data analysis, journal clubs, and/or appropriate clinical research rounds at the affiliated teaching hospitals. In addition, the IMS offers weekly seminars rendered by eminent researchers from the University of Toronto.

The summer research program concludes with Research Day in mid-August where students are given the opportunity to showcase their research findings through oral or poster presentations. Highlights of the Research Day include several awards for excellence in research presentation including a certificate of participation.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is a wonderful opportunity and a great platform for students to work with distinguished faculty members, develop sound research methodologies and experience excellent mentorship. Click here to read about SURP in the IMS Magazine!

Please contact Elena Gessas for all SURP related inquiries.

 

What you need to know.

EligibilitySupervisor MatchProgram DurationInternational StudentsDomestic Students
Participants in the IMS Summer Student Program must be enrolled in medical school (without a previously obtained graduate degree) or pursuing an undergraduate science degree program. Undergraduate applicants must have an average of B+ Cumulative GPA (3.3/4.0 or 77%) or higher. Participants who apply for IMS funding must hold a Cumulative GPA of A- (3.7 GPA, 80% or First Class Distinction) or higher. Medical student applicants must not hold a graduate degree and must be in good standing as determined by their school registrar.

Students are required to initiate their own student/supervisor match before submitting their application.  Students who are able to secure a supervisor but whose applications do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements will not be considered for funding.

A list of faculty recruiting students for the 2017 program is available here.

The IMS offers participants a 12-week (June 1 – August 24, 2017) immersive experience in a laboratory or clinical setting in the University of Toronto community.  Students are expected to be present for the complete duration of the program, with no exceptions.
The International program is a wonderful opportunity for students from around the world to gain hands-on research experience at the University of Toronto.  It is available to undergraduate or medical students who are not Canadian Citizens or permanent residents and do not have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).  International students that currently study in Canadian universities and have SIN should apply as Domestic students (please see “Domestic Students” tab for more information).  The IMS accommodates a limited number of International students each year.

Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or medical school at a post-secondary institution outside of Canada.  Must have an average of B+ or 77%, or higher.

The International Application Package consists of the following documents:

The domestic application process applies to students who:

  • Are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents and have a valid Social Insurance Number.
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or medical school.
  • Have an average of B+ cumulative GPA (3.3/4.0 or 77%) or higher.
  • Medical students must not hold a graduate degree and must be in good standing as determined by their registrar.

The Application Form for Domestic Students is available here.

Funding

Please take note regarding changes that have been made to the funding policy.

 

The following funding options are available to domestic students accepted to the program. Students receive a minimum stipend $4,800 in total (June-August) through one of the following:

OPTION #1: External Funding. The student funds their summer research through an external grant or award. The IMS office does not administer this option. For possible sources of external funding visit the Faculty of Medicine, Research Office.

OPTION #2: Full Funding from the Supervisor. The supervisor funds the student ($4,800) through an operating grant, affiliated research facility funds etc. The IMS office does not administer this option.

OPTION #3: Joint Funding*. IMS provides $2,000 and the supervisor to provide the remaining $2,800. IMS funding is subject to availability. This option is a competitive process and not guaranteed.

  • Limit of one joint funded applicant per supervisor.
  • Students must have an average of A- (3.7/4.0 or 80%) or higher Cumulative GPA.
  • If the joint funding is not successful, the student and supervisor should come to an agreement on alternate plans for funding.

*Funding for the administration of joint awards is provided by:
a) UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) Award.
b) IMS Award.
c) IMS SURP Director Award *New 2017* – Open to all currently registered undergraduates (BSc) including those in 4th year.

For more information please contact Elena Gessas

SURP Application Deadline

Applications Deadline – Wednesday, February 15, 2017.