From as early as the 1960s, the
Department of Medical Biophysics has run a Summer Student program for undergraduate
students in the physical and biological sciences interested in interdisciplinary
medical research. This program provides an opportunity for students to
gain experience in medical research. For the Department of Medical Biophysics,
the program functions as an important mechanism for recruiting incoming
graduate students. Students who are chosen to participate in the program
are highly motivated to return to Medical Biophysics for graduate studies
and serve as ambassadors who advertise the Medical Biophysics graduate
program to their peers.
The Summer Student program is
open to all university students in their first, second or third year of undergraduate
study. Successful applicants have a strong record of academic achievement
and have a demonstrated interest for scientific research. The minimum requirements
are at least a B+ (Medical Physics stream) or A- (Biology stream) average
in the last 2 years of study.
However, only the most talented and promising students are selected for interviews
with prospective supervisors, and approximately 50 students are admitted
in the program each summer.
The program runs from the first week of May to the end of August. An orientation meeting for all Medical Biophysics Summer Students is held at the beginning of the program. Throughout the summer, students will be involved in a research project and will attend weekly lunchtime seminars that provide the students with an overview of the various research interests within the Cancer Biology and Medical Physics streams within the Department of Medical Biophysics. At the end of the summer, students are required to present their work in the form of a poster at the Summer Student Poster Day. All staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and summer students are invited to participate in these presentations. This public forum has traditionally been extremely well attended, and has allowed the students to gain valuable experience in presenting their work to others, and in developing their skills in engaging in vibrant scientific interchange. The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Dr. Laurie Ailles
Summer Student Program Coordinator
To apply, please go to the Applicant Instruction page
Asked Questions (FAQ's) - Summer Student Program 2016
is Medical Biophysics?
Medical Biophysics is an interdisciplinary medical research program. The
program focuses on both basic and applied research related to cancer offering
opportunities for investigation in a wide variety of projects. This often
cuts across the conventional boundaries of biology, medicine, chemistry,
physics, and engineering.
are some of the research foci offered at your Department?
Biological Science: Cellular & Molecular Biology; Molecular & Structural
Biology; Experimental Therapeutics; Epidemiology & Statistics; Cancer
Biology; Cancer & Bioinformatics
Medical Imaging & Physics: Clinical Physics; Thermal and Photodynamic
Therapy; Laser Biophysics; Ultrasound; X-Ray Detector Physics; Digital Radiography;
Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Electron Microscopy; Image Guided Therapy
may apply for this program?
Students currently enrolled in their 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th year, both at the University
of Toronto and elsewhere, are eligible. Co-op students in their 4th (out
of 5) years are also encouraged to apply.
Can I apply if I am a VISA/International
Yes, if you are currently attending the University of Toronto. Otherwise
you are required to obtain a Work/Employment Authorization to work in Canada.
Check the rules and regulations concerning your authorization.
What is the minimum cumulative GPA required for the
Summer Student Program?
All applicants for the Physics stream must have a cumulative GPA of at least a mid-B (>75%). Those applying for the Biology stream must have a GPA of at least
A- (>80%) (Biology) average in their two most recent years of studies completed. Your cumulative GPA is the average of all university courses you have completed to date.
How will my application be assessed?
Applications are evaluated based on academic record as well as research
does the selection process work?
Your application will be reviewed by faculty members who will then choose
potential students and contact them for interviews. Do not contact faculty
members yourself. You will be informed whether or not you have been accepted
into the program by the end of March.
Do I need to have a supervisor when I apply?
You do not need to have a supervisor when you apply. Faculty members who are hiring summer students will log into the database and review the applications. If a faculty member is interested in your application, they will contact you for an interview. The application allows you to list which members of our faculty you would be interested in working with - faculty members you have listed will be directed to your application when they log in.
is the length of the program?
The program runs for a minimum of 12 weeks, but may continue for the whole
summer. The official start date of our program is typically in early May.
is the typical work schedule?
Typically, you would work 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. This is
flexible, however, you would need to discuss a different work schedule with
your supervisor. Please note, that if you do not work all the working days
of the month, you will not be paid the full salary amount.
is the deadline for submitting my complete application?
All complete applications (online application form, 2 online references,
and transcript(s) for the summer of 2016 must be received by Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Students who have received and accepted an offer of hire will be asked to send a hard copy of their official transcript to Daphne Sears at the MBP office (Toronto Medical Discovery Tower, 101 College Street, Room 15-701, Toronto ON M5G 1L7).
Do I need to ask my referees for a letter?
Once you have submitted your referees' contact information, the system will automatically send them a request for a reference. They will be directed to a link where they will be asked to answer a few questions. They will also be asked to either provide additional comments or upload a reference letter. When they have submitted the reference, it will be added to your application. Before submitting a referee's contact information, you should ask them if it is ok to do so.