The application deadline is March 10th, 2017.  

Summer research projects for undergraduate students are available in the Department of Molecular Genetics. Research in the department addresses questions of fundamental importance in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology using bacteriophage, bacteria, yeast, flies, nematodes, and mammalian cells as model systems. Qualified applicants must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate life sciences program. Applicants from other universities are welcome to apply. Eligible participating faculty for this program are located on campus (Medical Sciences Building, Donnelly Centre, and MaRS2). Students pursuing summer research in Molecular Genetics labs located off campus (Sick Kids, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute) should apply to the summer research programs sponsored by their institutes. 

The summer research program runs for 12 weeks, from May to August. In addition to performing lab research, students will participate in a variety of events including career development workshops and scientific talks. The program culminates with a poster session during which students will present their work. Students should first identify a faculty member that will supervise them for the summer, and then register for the program using the application form linked below.

All students that submit an application form will automatically be considered for funding support through the Life Sciences program. The department makes the decisions on these awards internally based on the merit of each applicant. All you need to do is submit the linked application form to be considered. Competitive candidates should have an average of B+ or better. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $400/week. Please see linked professors below for participating faculty.  Please direct questions to the program coordinator, Marc Meneghini or to student services.

We also have a small number of funding slots through NSERC that provide a higher level of funding support. Both campus and non-campus Molecular Genetics faculty who currently hold an NSERC grant are eligible to sponsor an NSERC applicant for summer research. The application process requires a formal submission to NSERC. Please discuss with your supervisor to determine if they are eligible for NSERC funding through Molecular Genetics. If you do apply for NSERC funding, you need to coordinate the application process with our own internal review. 

Students who do not receive a funding award may still perform research in a lab and participate in our program. Details of stipend support should be worked out with the supervising professor.

How to apply

  1. Browse the research interests of participating faculty
  2. Directly contact the faculty member(s) whose interests excite you.  We suggest including a copy of your transcript and a brief resume/CV
  3. Once a faculty member has agreed to supervise you for the summer, download the application form (link below), fill it in, have your supervisor sign it, and return it to Colleen Kelly in room 4290 of the Medical Sciences Building. (Or mail to: 1 King's College Circle, MSB 4290, Toronto M5S 1A8).

The application deadline is March 10th, 2017, but early applications are encouraged.  

Participating Professors

Click on images to learn more about their labs