Frequently-Asked Questions - Summer Student Program

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Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to Medical Biophysics Summer Student program.

What is Medical Biophysics?

Medical Biophysics is an interdisciplinary medical research program. The program focuses on both basic and applied cancer research, offering opportunities for investigation in a wide variety of projects. This often cuts across the conventional boundaries of biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, engineering, and computer science. Learn about Medical Biophysics.

Who may apply for this program?

Students currently enrolled in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd undergraduate year, at a recognized institution, are eligible. Co-op students in their 4th (out of 5) years are also encouraged to apply. Learn more about Summer Student program requirements and how to apply to the Summer Student Program.

Can I apply if I am a VISA/International student?

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.

May I apply if I'm in my FINAL year of undergraduate studies?

We do not consider applications from students in their final year, but you may wish to consider applying to our graduate program instead.

What is the minimum cumulative GPA required for the Summer Student Program?

All applicants must have a cumulative GPA equivalent of at least B+ (76.5% +) in all university courses completed to date.

How will my application be assessed?

Applications are evaluated based on academic record as well as research interest.

How does the selection process work?

Your application will be reviewed by faculty members who choose potential students and contact them for interviews. The hiring process continues through April; students who are hired will receive an offer of a position directly from the hiring faculty member.

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.

What is the length of the program?

The program runs for a minimum of 12 weeks, but may continue for the entire summer. The official start date of our program is typically in early May.

Are summer students paid?

Yes, Summer Students are compensated with a salary for their work.

What is the typical work schedule?

Typically, you would work 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. This is flexible, but the possibility of a different work schedule would be arranged with your supervisor.

Please note: if you do not work all business days of the month, you will not be paid the full salary amount.

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 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.