Undergraduate Research Opportunities in A&S
The Faculty of Arts & Science is home to a large number of centres and institutes that are engaged in research supervision.
We currently offer a range of such opportunities, including:
- Research Opportunity Program (ROP); 299Y courses designed for second-year students
- Research Excursions; 398H and 399Y courses designed for third-year students
- upper-year independent study and research courses
- summer research programs
fosters research experience at the undergraduate level by providing students with an opportunity to develop a research project of their own, for which there is no other available funding.
The purpose of the Research Opportunity Program is to provide an opportunity for degree students in their second-year in the Faculty of Arts & Science to work on the research project of a professor in return for 299Y course credit. The Program is completely voluntary and serves to enhance the fundamental connection between teaching and research in a research intensive university. Details here.
The Research Excursions Program provides an opportunity for Arts & Science degree students (St. George) beginning their third year (i.e., after completing at least 9 but not more than 14 credits) to participate in a practical or experiential activity under the supervision of a faculty member. Details here.
Advanced students may under certain circumstances, undertake an independent reading and research project of their own choice.Most departments offer independent study or research project courses at the 400-level; a few offer this type of course at the 300-level. To find course listings, check the Arts & Science Calendar, and contact the sponsoring department for enrolment details.
Each college also offers independent study options. For details, check the Calendar or college web sites:
- Innis College
- New College
- St. Michael's College
- Trinity College
- University College (click each program of study for a list of courses)
- Victoria College
- Milne Research Award: a grant for Vic Life Science students pursuing research projects (for non-credit), normally over the summer.
- Woodsworth College
There are summer research programs offered by many different departments, there are also positions in surrounding hospitals, and there are unlisted opportunities that you might be able to obtain using simple networking techniques. The following list of links will help you get started finding summer research opportunities.
- Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP)
- Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGY)
- Nutritional Sciences
- Pharmacy (you don't need to be in pharmacy to apply)
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
- NSERC USRA: General information from NSERC can be found here. You will have to apply through a specific department, and the number of awards allocated to each department varies. Check departmental websites for updates starting in early January, but definitely scour for potential Principal Investigators ahead of time and make sure that they are eligible to sponsor you through NSERC. Departments include Physics, Cell & Systems Biology, Physiology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
- Heart and Stroke Foundation