Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Undergraduate students are offered a unique opportunity to participate in research in the following areas:

Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology 
Pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
Clinical, Social and Administrative Pharmaceutical Sciences

Program Description

Participants spend the summer conducting research under the supervision of a Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member. Participants will attend laboratory safety training sessions, bi-weekly seminar presentations by faculty members, and a writing/presentation workshop. In mid-August, students will have the opportunity to present their research projects to their peers and the rest of the Faculty. Presenters will be judged, and the winner will receive the National Summer Student Research Program Award to present research findings at the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Meeting.


  • May to August


  • Students must have completed at least one year in a full-time undergraduate degree program;
  • Students must have an average of 75% or higher to be eligible for scholarship competition;
  • Students must be supervised by a Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member.
  • The program is open to students at the University of Toronto and from other universities and institutions.


  • Normally students are paid $4000-$6000 for the summer (depending on eligibility for external awards);
  • Students who apply for the summer research program are automatically considered for awards, e.g. from CIHR, NSERC, Life Sciences.

Application Procedure

  • Students are required to submit an online application at the link below;
  • Students must upload:
    1. A scanned copy, or screenshot, of their current transcript;
    2. Letter of Intent & Curriculum Vitae.
  • Application Deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018

When selecting Prospective Supervisors, students must rank them one to five in order of preference, with one being the most preferred. Please go to the Graduate Faculty Directory for a list of eligible supervisors.

Inquiries about the Undergraduate Summer Research Program can be directed to Sam D'Alfonso at sam.dalfonso@utoronto.ca

Link to the Application Form will be available in early November 2017.