Summer Student Research Program - Frequently Asked Questions


ELIGIBILITY

Q: I meet all the eligiblity requirements but am a non-UofT student, am I still eligible to participate in the LMPSRP (LMP Summer Research Program)?

A: Yes, you are welcome to apply and participate in the summer program as long as you meet the minimum CGPA requirement and have successfully secured an LMP faculty member as your supervisor.

Q: I’m currently in my 4th-year of study and plan to graduate in June.  Am I still eligible to participate in the LMPSRP?  Am I eligible to apply for any awards?

A: Fourth-year students who have been accepted into a graduate/professional program commencing in September are eligible to apply.  If you’ve applied to a graduate/professional program and are waiting for the results of your application, you will be offered a conditional acceptance until you receive acceptance into the graduate program.  Undergraduate awards are available for 2nd and 3rd-year students only; your supervisor will be responsible to pay the minimum stipend of $4,000.


GENERAL

Q: Do I need to secure a supervisor before submitting my application?

A: If you have not secured a supervisor, you may still submit your application.  You will be offered conditional acceptance until you have secured a supervisor by the deadline posted.  For tips and information on securing a Supervisor please see the Application Process page.  You will also find a list of supervisors who are interested in supervising Summer Students. 

Q: I’ve contacted a few potential supervisors, what happens now and how does the selection process work?

A: Every supervisor has their own expectations of their summer students, but it is highly recommended that when you contact potential supervisors by email, you should also include your CV and some reference to your academic achievements.  (You may copy and paste your ROSI/online unofficial transcript and save as a PDF.)

Since there are more students interested in the summer program than the number of potential supervisors, some supervisors may have more than one suitable candidate, and he/she may conduct interviews to select a student.

You should apply the same effort to applying to this program as you would when applying for a job!

Q: Am I at a disadvantage if I don’t have any research/lab experience?

A:  Yes and no.  Although students must meet our basic requirements in order to participate in the LMPSRP, ultimately, the supervisor is the one who makes the decision on whether or not he/she will take you as a summer student.  Every supervisor has his/her own expectations of their summer students.  It’s great if you have had previous research/lab experience, but it isn't a requirement.  We understand that everyone has to start somewhere, so we encourage students with a strong interest in biomedical research to apply.

Q: How many days a week am I expected to be in the lab?

A: This is something you will have to discuss and decide with your supervisor.  There is no set-schedule and your lab hours are dependent on the expectation of the supervisor, project needs, and workload to complete the project.  Lab work requires a lot of commitment and dedication.  You will have to plan your time accordingly to the needs of your experiments in order to successfully complete your project.


STIPEND & AWARDS

Q: What happens if I don’t receive a UROP Award?  How much will I be paid?

A: In the case that you don’t receive an award, your supervisor is required to pay a minimum stipend of $4,000; anything more than $4,000 is at the discretion of the supervisor.  This is discussed between the supervisor and student.

LMP Specialist students in 2nd and 3rd-year, please contact the LMP Undergraduate Office for more details.

Q: Am I allowed to apply to other funding sources (ie. within the University of Toronto and/or external) and still participate in the LMPSRP?

A: Before you apply for the funding, you should check the requirements of that funding source as there may be some restrictions and limited only to specific departments.

Q: Who is eligible to apply for the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award?

A: The NSERC USRA is only open to students who are working for supervisors currently holding an NSERC grant.  Please refer to the list of LMP faculty members who are eligible for this award.

Q: Can I apply for both the NSERC USRA and Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Award?  Am I allowed to have both awards simultaneously?

A: Yes, you may apply for both awards as long as your supervisor is currently an NSERC grant holder AND your application forms are submitted before both the NSERC USRA and UROP deadlines. You are not allowed to accept/hold both awards simultaneously.  The awards cannot be deferred and you must only choose one or the other.

Q: If I receive an NSERC USRA, do I still participate in the LMPSRP activities (ie. weekly seminars, Poster Day)?

A: When you receive an NSERC USRA, you may choose to attend our LMPSRP weekly seminars and participate in Poster Day OR participate in the summer program offered at your supervisor’s affiliated institution/hospital (ie. Mount Sinai, Sick Kids).

Q: If I receive an NSERC USRA, why am I expected to be in the lab for a period of 16-weeks instead of 12-weeks as specified by NSERC?

A: The NSERC USRA follows a separate set of requirements and students are expected to meet them.  The LMP Department has no jurisdiction to alter or change these requirements.  Students receiving an NSERC USRA who are accepted into the LMP Summer Student Program must be able to commit to their research project for 16 weeks (4 months) – from May 1st to September 1st.