Summer Undergraduate Research ProgramThe 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 Claudette Spence for all SURP related inquiries.
What you need to know.
Medical student applicants must not hold a graduate degree and must be in good standing as determined by their school registrar.
A list of faculty recruiting students for the 2019 program will be available at the end of the year 2018.
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 for 2019 intake will be available at the end of the year 2018:
- Are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents and have a valid Social Insurance Number.
- Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (including final 4th year) 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 Domestic application package for 2019 intake will be available at the end of the year 2018 and will consist of the following:
- Domestic Students Application Form
- Most recent official transcript (screenshots of electronic records and hard copies will not be accepted) -> for undergraduate students.
- Official letter of Good Standing with institutional seal and signature, obtained from current university -> for medical students only.
- Current CV/Resume highlighting awards, abstracts, presentations, publications
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 2018* – Open to all currently registered undergraduates (BSc) including those in 4th year.
SURP Application Deadline
Applications Deadline for SURP 2019 – TBA.