Undergraduate Research at University of Toronto
Every year students in physical and biological sciences interested in interdisciplinary medical research from all over the world apply to participate in the Department of Medical Biophysics Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Toronto. Approximately 50 students are admitted each summer through a competitive selection and interview process; and for the last few years two spots have reserved specifically for UW-Parkside students.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Medin is an alumnus of UW-Parkside and senior scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute and the Toronto General Research Institute. He also serves as a professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics and the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. For the last few years, Dr. Medin has been instrumental in making sure that UW-Parkside students have the opportunity to participate in this program; saving up to two spots each summer.
This competitive program provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in medical research and for the Department of Medical Biophysics, the program functions as an important mechanism for recruiting incoming graduate students. This is an incredibly unique opportunity for UW-Parkside students. I spoke briefly with three students who have been able to participate in this summer program, Jessa Forster, Paul Hickey, and Jason Servi.
Through this program they were all able to gain invaluable lab experience working on cutting edge experiments with tissue culture, gene therapy and even stem cell research. Their projects ranged from growing tissue samples taken from mice and bone marrow transplants. They met students from all over the world and lived in the heart of Toronto for the entire summer. UW-Parkside students are encouraged to apply for the Summer 2014 Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Toronto. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m.
For more information please contact Katy Aiello in the Biological Sciences Office in GRNQ 344 or Dr. Traci Lee in GRNQ 351.