Research Opportunities Program

The purpose of the Research Opportunity Program is to provide an opportunity for degree students in their second and third year in the Faculty of Arts & Science to work on the research project of a professor in return for 299Y or 399Y course credit. The Program is completely voluntary and serves to enhance the fundamental connection between teaching and research in a research-intensive university.

Enrolling in a ROP early in their academic careers gives students an opportunity to become involved in original research. They can expect to learn research methods and share in the excitement and discovery of acquiring new knowledge while earning course credit towards their degree and program requirements. Also, students develop continuing relationships with faculty members who can act as mentors during their undergraduate years and assist them in applications to graduate schools or professional faculties. Professors benefit from the help and enthusiasm of specifically selected students.

Students may not participate in more than one ROP project with the same professor.

What is the Research Opportunity Program (ROP)?

  • The ROP gives you the opportunity to work closely with a professor (supervisor) in a research project during your Second Year (299Y) and Third Year (399Y).
  • The work counts as a credit course (299Y/399Y); in most cases the 299Y/399Y can count towards program completion too.
  • To be eligible, you must be an Arts & Science degree student and have completed no less than 4.0 credits, but no more than 14.0, by September 2019.
  • Regular tuition fees apply for ROP courses.

Eligibility

Students are eligible to do an ROPs during their second and third years. The precise eligibility rules are:

  • Students must be enrolled in a Faculty of Arts and Science degree program.
  • Students applying for Summer 299Y ROPs must have successfully completed 4.0 - 11.0 FCE by April.
  • Students applying for Summer 399Y ROPs must have successfully completed 11.5 - 16.0 FCE by April.
  • Students applying for Fall/Winter 299Y ROPs must have successfully completed 4.0 - 9.0 FCE by September.
  • Students applying for Fall/Winter 399Y ROPs must have successfully completed 9.5 - 14.0 FCE by September.

Course Requirements

Summer ROP projects normally require working eighteen to twenty hours per week and Fall/Winter ROP projects normally require working eight to ten hours per week on the research project, an interim two-page report, and a substantial piece of written work towards the end of the academic session.

  1. Each student must keep a journal recording meetings, progress, what was learned about the project in particular and the nature of research in general.
  2. Students must meet at least bi-monthly with their supervisors and record the dates and times of those meetings in their journals.
  3. Students will attend any demonstrations, orientations, etc., that the supervisor may require.
  4. Students will submit, to the supervisor, a two-page interim report detailing research experience before November 15. Equally, the supervisor may complete a two-page written assessment of the student's progress and discuss it with the student before the deadline for dropping courses with academic penalty. Additional written work will be required. 
  5. Altogether, written work in some form, including the journal, should constitute at least 50% of the final grade. Normally a final examination will not constitute part of the evaluation. 

Application Forms

It will take approximately two weeks after the deadlines for the Projects Supervisor to receive the applications. 

The Projects Supervisor will contact those students they wish to interview. Only those students who have been accepted into a project will be notified by the supervisor. If you are accepted, you will have to sign an agreement (contract) with the supervisor leading the project. The course will begin in either May or September.

For more information and advice about the Research Opportunity Program, email the program office at deb.shaw@utoronto.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. It is a full course equivalent counting as one of the 20 necessary for an Hon.B.A. or Hon.B.Sc. or B.Com.

Normally it can, depending on the nature of the project. You will have to discuss this with the instructor in charge of the individual 299Y1/399Y1 project to see how it fits into a program. It may be difficult to count it towards the B.Com. program; you should discuss this possibility with the Commerce Programs Office.

Applications are limited to a maximum of THREE. Please remember, however, that you can only enrol in ONE 299Y1 and one 399Y1. Do not sign a contract for more than one project per year as you may prevent another student from getting a placement by trying to accept more than one.

No, the supervisors will not have contact with the applicants until they receive all of the applications from the ROP office. Supervisors will contact only those students they wish to interview.

No. We are holding all applications, and send them all at once to the instructors, rather than as we receive them. Please take your time to read over your application(s) to be certain it is complete and correct.

Deadline for submission of applications varies depending on the project. The applications will be sent to all instructors at least 2 weeks after the due date. Instructors will have 3-4 weeks to make their selections. They might do this by interviews, phone calls, or email - it is up to each instructor to choose a method.

They may, if you are applying for a 399Y ROP or any of the Round 2 projects. Please be sure to include all your courses and marks, if available.

Fill out your application carefully, answer all questions and include any marks you have received.

Once the supervisor has conducted their interviews, and made their selection, your eligibility will be verified and you will receive a Letter of Acceptance via email. The supervisor will then sign a contract with you. In April we will enrol students in 299Y1/399Y1 summer courses; in mid-summer we will enrol students in 299Y1/399Y1 fall-winter session courses.