Summer student poster presentations

Under the guidance of a Biochemistry faculty member, students have the unique opportunity to engage in research projects such as:  molecular and cellular biology, protein structure and dynamics, membrane biology, computational biology, drug discovery and infectious diseases. See the list of participating faculty for further information.

The Department of Biochemistry invites applications from undergraduate students to participate in the Summer Student Research Program (SSRP).  Students will receive a stipend. In addition to gaining hands-on research experience, students attend weekly seminars discussing a variety of research topics and experimental techniques, and present a summary of their project results in July-August.

Program period

12 consecutive weeks during the summer (May to August)


  1. Students must have successfully completed at least one year in a full-time undergraduate program at the time of application, and by start of the work term in May.
  2. Students must have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least a B+ (cGPA of 3.3/77%) or higher.
  3. Students must have completed or be currently completing an introductory Biochemistry lecture (BCH210H or BCH242Y) and/or a biochemistry laboratory course.

Application Procedure

Application Package

Please include the following documents with your application form:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Official academic transcript**
  3. A list of mid-term marks in progress (if applicable)
  4. The application form, BCH Summer Student Application 2020 form

References are optional: maximum of two references who are familiar with your most recent work/activities.

**University of Toronto students may email their application form and other required documents without the academic transcript to: Jennifer Haughton who will access ACORN for the academic transcript.

Non-University of Toronto students must provide their official academic transcript in a sealed envelope that includes the official seal or stamp from the issuing institution.

Submission Deadline

Eligible students are encouraged to submit their application package by 4:00 pm Wednesday February 5th 2020 to Jennifer Haughton and/or to:

University of Toronto,  Department of Biochemistry
Summer Research in Biochemistry
1 King’s College Circle, Room 5207, Medical Sciences Building
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8

Attention: Jennifer Haughton

Candidates are selected on the basis of academic achievement, and their motivation for undertaking research in Biochemistry.

Due to the large numbers of applications, only candidates selected for the summer research in Biochemistry will be notified in early March 2020.  The department thanks all applicants for their interest.


What students should expect in the Laboratory –