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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

Every summer, the Department engage a large number of undergraduate students, mostly from across Canada and some from abroad, to carry out exciting research projects. Please read through the following list of research fellowships, and contact faculty members of your interests.

Here is a list of student awards:

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics invites applications from undergraduate students for summer employment as research assistants. The majority of these positions are funded by NSERC but there are also a limited number of summer job vacancies for non-Canadian students. The 16-week positions are tenable on one of the three campuses of the University of Toronto. The program provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to gain research e xperience in astronomy and also to interact with professors and graduate students. Applicants are encouraged to identify professors of specific interest to them.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • be registered (at the time of application) as a full-time student in a bachelor’s degree program in the natural sciences or engineering;
  • have obtained a cumulative B average over the previous years of study;
  • have completed at least the first year of a bachelor’s program by the time employment begins.
  • for the NSERC awards: be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;

The NSERC supported monthly salary levels are $1900-$2100 depending on the year of study. The monthly salary levels are:

* $2100 a month for students who have completed 4th year
* $2000 a month for students who have completed 3rd year
* $1900 a month for students who have completed 2nd year (1st year from Quebec)

Travel allowances are available for students from outside of Toronto. Offers from individual professors may vary.

To apply, you will need the following materials:

  • a completed application form (NSERC 202) which is available from your local physics or astronomy department or it can be down-loaded directly from the NSERC webpage along with complete application instructions; (The research code for Astronomy and Astrophysics is 3200 – Part II is to be completed by the potential supervisor.) Non-Canadian students should complete this form as well.
  • an up-to-date official transcript of your academic record;
  • a separate page which outlines your previous employment experience, preferred areas of research, plus any relevant skills such as computer programming;
  • a letter of reference from one of your professors.

Please submit your application using the online form provided by the Dunlap Institute.  This allows you apply to all three astronomy institutes at the University of Toronto (with preferences). If you encounter any difficulties, please contact the institute that is your first preference.  If that is the department, contact the Undergraduate Secretary, phone: 416-946-5243.

University of Toronto Excellence Awards (UTEA) In the Natural Sciences and Engineering

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics is pleased to announce that the University of Toronto Undergraduate Excellence Awards in the Natural Sciences & Engineering (UTEA-NSE) is now available. For program information, please go to: http://www.research.utoronto.ca/.

The 16-week positions are valued at $4,500 and run from May 1 to late August. Toronto. The program provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to gain research experience in astronomy and also to interact with professors and graduate students. Applicants are encouraged to identify professors of specific interest to them.

To be eligible, an applicant must

  • be registered (at the time of application) as a full-time student (N/A for those in the final session of studies) in a degree program in the natural sciences or engineering at UofT;

  • have obtained a minimum cumulative B+ average (for students in higher years, the average can be applied to the best two years of study);

  • already holds a bachelor’s degree and is working toward a second bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences or engineering.

  • This competition is open to Canadian citizens AND foreign students with a valid student visa for the full summer work term.

For a complete list of items to be included in your application package, please go to http://www.research.utoronto.ca/.

Note that those applying for the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) may alsoeligible to apply for the UTEA-NSE, provided they meet the minimum cumulative required average of B+. If you have any questions related to the UTEA-NSE, please contact Ms. Angie Agulto, Research Partnership Officer, Physical/Natural Sciences & Engineering, angie.agulto@utoronto.ca.

Deadlines are generally at the end of January, please submit your application to:

University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA-NSE)
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics,
50 St. George Street, Room 101
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3H4

For more details, please go to: http://www.research.utoronto.ca/

Summer research opportunities at the Dunlap Institute and at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

You may also want to consider applying for research positions at the Dunlap Institute (NSERC, UTEA,and institutional) and at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (NSERC, UTEA).  For details, see

http://www.dunlap.utoronto.ca/summer/
http://www.cita.utoronto.ca/index.php/Working-CITA/NSERC-Summer-Undergraduate-Awards