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Immunology Summer Research Program

Undergraduate students who are interested in the possibility of graduate studies in the Life Sciences are invited to apply for positions in the Summer Student Program in Immunology.

The program is organized to give selected students the opportunity of doing experimental work in various laboratories within the Department of Immunology.

The program runs for approximately three calendar months (May through July), and includes a stipend.

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Successful candidates typically have a B+ average or higher.

The application deadline is 4:00pm on Friday, January 16th, 2015.  Applications are to be submitted as a single PDF document by email to

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IMM450Y Special Project in Immunology

Course coordinator: Dr. Alberto Martin 

Department of Immunology, University of Toronto

Tel: 416-978-4230

IMM450Y is a full credit course in which the student takes part in an original research project in the laboratory of a faculty member associated with the Immunology Specialist program. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for the student : (1) to discover if he/she has an interest in and a capability for a career in research; (2) to discover in detail, through active participation, the research projects being undertaken in a specific laboratory. Moreover, it allows for faculty appraisal of the potential of the student for graduate research education.

The student is expected to devote a minimum of seven hours per week (normally one full day or two half days) to the course from the week the fall term lectures begin to the last week of the spring term in which lectures are given. This time is to be spent in the laboratory carrying out experiments. Data evaluation, literature reading, report and oral presentation preparation are to be done outside of the laboratory time. The time available should be sufficient for the student to complete a project and to become familiar with a number of techniques used in cellular or molecular biology.

Course Requirement

There are no pre- or co-requisites, although preference is given to Immunology Specialist students.


This course must be balloted. You may download a ballot from this website.

A copy of your University transcript and a paragraph outlining your reasons for taking the course are also required. All required documents must be combined into a single PDF file.

Ballots are submitted eletronically, and must be received not later than 4:30pm on Friday, June 5, 2015. 

Report and Oral Presentation

Each student will be required to submit a final report to the course co-ordinator containing the purpose, rationale, results, discussion and conclusions of the project. In addition, an oral presentation of about 10 minutes will be given by the student to other students in the course and their supervisors. It will take place the day after the end of the April exam period. The report is due on the Thursday before classes end.


The grade awarded will be based on the talk 10%; report 20%; evaluation by supervisor 70%.


Scholarship in Immunology as a Platform for Sustainable International Partnership


The major objective of this collaborative scholarship program is to cultivate the next generation of leaders in Canada, Kenya and India, who will apply both academic expertise and cultural/societal understanding to reduce the burden of disease in specific areas of global health. Areas of focus are: (1) women’s health, (2) infectious diseases, (3) cancer, and (4) life sciences technology commercialization/implementation. This initiative will build on existing academic and research expertise, and existing graduate programs at the respective institutions.

By partnering with Engineers Without Borders, The Elizabeth Fry Society, Studio Y within the MaRS Discovery District, The Centre for International Experience (CIE), Community Action for Families, and the Dream Team, scholars and interns will learn of local community issues and engage in outreach activities beyond their scientific and academic studies. The Impact Centre at the University of Toronto will act as a partner for the program by acting as a platform where research discoveries are developed and translated to products for commercialization. The intent is to engage The Impact Centre in activities that will provide for innovative solutions to health and social issues in Canada, Kenya and India. Internship placements will be for 1.0 academic credit at the University of Toronto.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science, with preference given to students in Immunology programs and to students of Trinity College.

For Placement Descriptions:

How to apply: Undergraduate students are invited to apply through the University of Toronto Centre for International Experience

Deadline to apply for Summer 2015: April 10, 2015.




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