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SickKids Summer Research (SSuRe) Program

The SickKids Summer Research (SSuRe) Program provides professional and career development opportunities for undergraduate students who are working on a research project with a Research Institute (RI) scientist for the summer.

Program highlights

  • All undergraduate and medical students doing research with a RI scientist over the summer months are invited to participate in program activities  
  • 15-weeks from May to mid-August 
  • Weekly seminars presented by Hospital and RI scientists 
  • Career Night where students have a chance to meet research staff from across the RI 
  • Opportunity to present research projects at annual Summer Student Symposium 
  • Awards presented to select students for exceptional research projects

Eligibility, How to Apply, and Hiring Information

Expand the sections below to learn more about eligibility and how to apply for a SickKids summer student position, as well as potential hiring opportunities!

Complete the 2024 SSuRe application form to apply 

Any student who will be enrolled in a university/college undergraduate program in the fall following the Summer Program or enrolled in medical school is eligible to be hired as a Research Summer Student. That includes high school students in their last year. If you are in your final year of undergraduate studies, you are eligible to be hired as a Research Summer Student so long as you will be, or have applied to be, enrolled in a university/college program in the fall. 

If you’re a high school student but not in your last year, you may be eligible to participate in the Student Advancement Research (StAR) internship program

Students interested in applying to posted positions are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as scientists receive a high volume of applications and positions are filled quickly. Positions are posted in late fall/early winter. Please complete the SSuRe application form to apply for a posted position. Make sure you read the instructions in the job posting carefully! Neither the Research Training Centre nor the Human Resources Department will accept or forward Research Summer Student applications.  

If you would like to apply to more than one scientist, you must send individual applications to each scientist through the  SSuRe application form , as each scientist is responsible for selecting their own student(s). You can view our full list of scientists on our Reseachers page.


To apply for a summer position, students must submit the following directly to the hiring scientist(s) via their preferred application method (as noted in the posting):  

1. Complete, and submit the SickKids Summer Research Program application form

2. Cover letter

3. CV/Resume

4. Current university/college transcripts  

  • Official or unofficial transcripts (copies or online versions) are acceptable. Please submit electronically with the rest of your application.
  • No minimum grade point average (GPA) is required to be eligible to apply for a SickKids Research Summer Student position. However, these positions are highly competitive, so it’s to your advantage to have a strong GPA. That said, passion and genuine interest go a long way!   

5. Any other documents required by the individual posting.


Due to the large volume of applications received, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Each scientist will conduct interviews and make final selections independent of the Research Training Centre. All candidates selected for posted positions will have been contacted by early April of each year. 

After the deadline, students are advised to contact scientist(s) directly to see if positions are still available as only candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Some scientists choose not to post research summer student positions, but rather hire students by direct application. 

To contact a scientist to see if they have any open research student opportunities, please visit our list of SickKids researchers to see who is doing research you’re interested in and submit an application through the SSuRe application form.

The U of T Student Life blog has a handy post with advice on applying for summer research positions.


Students must email the following directly to the scientist(s):

1.  Download, complete, and submit the  SickKids Summer Research Program application form

2.Cover letter (recommended)

3. CV/Resume

4. Current university/college transcripts

  • Official or unofficial transcripts (copies or online versions) are acceptable. Please submit electronically with the rest of your application.
  • No minimum grade point average (GPA) is required to be eligible to apply for a SickKids Research Summer Student position. However, these positions are highly competitive, so it’s to your advantage to have a strong GPA. That said, passion and genuine interest go a long way!

Due to the large volume of applications received, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Each scientist will conduct interviews and make final selections independent of the Research Training Centre.

In the SSuRe Program application, students will be asked to provide the contact information for their referee. 

The hiring supervisor will ask students to provide a reference letter during or after the interview stage. 

The reference letter should come from an individual who is familiar with your skills, and is best able to describe your past and/or current work/school experience (e.g., a professor, high school teacher, previous employer, volunteer supervisor, etc.).

  • In order to ensure that it remains confidential, the letter shouldn’t be sent to you or included in your application package. Your referee should email the reference letter directly to the hiring scientist(s) with the subject line: SickKids Summer Research Reference Letter - <Candidate’s Last Name>, <First Name>.  
  • There are no specific criteria your referee should address, but you can suggest that your referee consider describing your educational background, academic performance, relevant research training or work experience, characteristics, and abilities. Your referee should also highlight your achievements to date. Make sure that you provide your referee with a copy of your application and CV to refer to when writing your letter!  

A research summer student placement can be of any duration (with the exception of the Lunenfeld Summer Studentship and the Opportunity Summer Studentship, funded positions which must be 15 weeks) and the start dates and end dates, as well as hours per week, can be negotiated between each student and supervisor. Research Summer Students must be paid the minimum hourly rate of $16.55 + 6% vacation.

Students and their supervisors will negotiate working hours at the time of hire or start. 

SSuRe Program 2024 Job Postings

Posted positions/job postings will be updated on a rolling basis. 

Project description 

TARGet Kids! is a large primary care research network for children in Canada. The overall goal of TARGet Kids! is to improve the health of Canadians by optimizing growth and development in early childhood. Since 2008, TARGet Kids! has involved 11,000 children and their families by collecting data on sociodemographic variables, anthropometric measurements, child health behaviours, school and development, mental health status, and blood samples at each well-child visit.

Supervisor

Catherine Birken

Work arrangement

Hybrid

How to apply

Complete the SSuRe application form

  • Please enter donna.whitely@sickkids.ca on the form when you are asked to provide the email of the lab or supervisor you are applying to. 

Deadline

Mar. 15, 2024

Project description 

Centre for Safety Research Lab is housed within Center for Child Health Evaluative Sciences at SickKids and is focused on advancing child health through evidence-based medicine. We are currently seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic Summer Research Students to join our dynamic team for Project EXEMPLAR. This project aims to conduct systematic reviews on the safety of prescribed medicines, contributing valuable insights to clinical practice. As a Summer Research Assistant, you will play a crucial role in the systematic screening, assessment, and extraction of information from research articles using the EXEMPLAR framework. Additionally, you will be involved in analyzing the validity of selected studies using risk-of-bias tools and leverage the Covidence platform. This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking research, enhance your research skills, and work in a collaborative and stimulating environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct systematic article screening and selection using Covidence.
  • Utilize the EXEMPLAR framework to extract explicit medication safety events data from selected articles.
  • Analyze the validity of studies through the application of risk-of-bias tools.
  • Collaborate with a diverse research team, actively participating in discussions and team meetings.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor's program in Life sciences.
  • Strong interest in healthcare research, evidence-based medicine, and medication safety.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Basic knowledge of systematic review methodologies is a plus.

Benefits:

  • Gain hands-on experience in conducting systematic reviews and medication safety research.
  • Work closely with experienced researchers and clinicians in a supportive mentorship environment.
  • Networking opportunities within the SickKids's research community.
Supervisor

Christopher Parshuram

Work arrangement

On-site

How to apply

Complete the SSuRe application form

  • Please enter kristen.middaugh@sickkids.ca on the form when you are asked to provide the email of the lab or supervisor you are applying to. 

Deadline

Mar. 22, 2024

Project description 

Children's Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our team has been prospectively following children and their families since April 2020 to examine the impact of COVID-19 emergency measures on children's mental health during and after the pandemic. Empirical research identifying the factors that improve or exacerbate children's mental health symptoms in this context is needed to inform policy and health care in Ontario and beyond. The student will examine a research question related to the impact of the pandemic on child and youth mental health, in the context of the Ontario COVID-19 and Kids Mental Health Study, performed at The Hospital for Sick Children.

The student will work within our highly productive, established team of cross-disciplinary researchers in child health, graduate and postgraduate trainees, research staff, and collaborators. Students can expect to gain greater knowledge of the research process. Mentorship is embedded in the functioning of the team. Students are expected to have taken at least two undergraduate courses in biostatistics and have preliminary statistical coding experience using R or SPSS. Students will be expected to participate in weekly meetings, execute their analytical plan, and summarize their results for oral and written dissemination in the form of a scientific poster and manuscript.

Supervisor

Daphne Korczak

Work arrangement

Hybrid 

How to apply

Complete the SSuRe application form

  • Please enter daphne.korczak@sickkids.ca on the form when you are asked to provide the email of the lab or supervisor you are applying to. 

Deadline

Feb. 28, 2024

Project description 

Depression and Cardiometabolic Disease Risk

Early onset of depression, in childhood and adolescence, is a risk factor for metabolic disease (e.g., obesity, type 2 diabetes), premature hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and premature death from heart disease. In our clinical research program on depression, we investigate factors that may jointly impact depression and cardiovascular health outcomes for adolescents with depression. By better delineating these pathways, we hope to identify new targets for novel interventions aimed at improving both mental and physical health outcomes for youth with depression. The student will examine a research question that considers the ways in which both physiological factors and health behaviours can further our understanding of the metabolic risks of adolescent depression. The student will examine the research question in the context of the Children's Integrated Mood and Body (CLIMB) Depression program at SickKids.

The student will work within our highly productive, established team of cross-disciplinary researchers in child health, graduate and postgraduate trainees, research staff, and collaborators. Students can expect to gain greater knowledge of the research process. Mentorship is embedded in the functioning of the team. Students are expected to have preliminary statistical coding experience using R. Students will be expected to participate in weekly meetings, execute their analytical plan, and summarize their results for oral and written dissemination in the form of a scientific poster and manuscript.

Supervisor

Daphne Korczak

Work arrangement

Hybrid 

How to apply

Complete the SSuRe application form

  • Please enter daphne.korczak@sickkids.ca on the form when you are asked to provide the email of the lab or supervisor you are applying to. 

Deadline

Feb. 24, 2024

Project description 

We are conducting a retrospective cohort study on the risk factors and etiologies of posterior pattern brain injury secondary to neonatal hypoglycemia. The student will help with review of electronic medical records to enable clinical data collection for this study. The student will work with the team to analyze study data to answer the study question.

Supervisor

Emily Wing Yun Tam

Work arrangement

Hybrid

How to apply

Complete the SSuRe application form

  • Please enter frederique.ouellet@sickkids.ca on the form when you are asked to provide the email of the lab or supervisor you are applying to. 
  • Cover letter must be included in the application. 

Deadline

Mar. 15, 2024

Project description 

Successful completion of this project will be a significant step forward in the field of genetic research, potentially informing future therapeutic strategies for NPC and other genetic disorders. As an integral member of our research team, the student will work under the guidance of a senior postdoctoral fellow to contribute to our project on NPC1 gene mutations. Their primary responsibilities will include learning and executing various laboratory techniques essential for our study. This will involve designing and cloning variant libraries necessary for saturation prime editing, a pivotal step in our analysis of NPC1 mutations. The student will also be trained in the process of transfecting eukaryotic cells and employing Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) to distinguish deleterious from functional variants, a critical task in our research. Further responsibilities include preparing samples for Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) and participating in the subsequent data analysis, which is crucial for understanding the effects of different mutations. To achieve these tasks, the student will become proficient in several key laboratory techniques, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), bacterial transformation, and plasmid mini and maxipreps. This hands-on experience will not only contribute significantly to our research objectives but also provide the student with a comprehensive skill set in molecular biology and genetic engineering.

Supervisor

Evgueni Ivakine

Work arrangement

On-site

How to apply

Complete the SSuRe application form

  • Please enter zhenya.ivakine@sickkids.ca on the form when you are asked to provide the email of the lab or supervisor you are applying to. 

Deadline

Mar. 1, 2024

Project description 

The Rubinstein laboratory uses biochemical, biophysical, and structural biology methods to study membrane protein complexes involved mycobacterial biology and neurobiology. Available projects are related to:

  • Development of cryoEM methods for high-resolution studies of macromolecular machines
  • Understanding the loading and release of neurotransmitters in synaptic vesicles
  • Targeting oxidative phosphorylation as a way of treating mycobacterial infections like tuberculosis
Supervisor

John Rubinstein

Work arrangement

On-site

How to apply

Complete the SSuRe application form

  • Please enter jlr@sickkids.ca on the form when you are asked to provide the email of the lab or supervisor you are applying to. 

Deadline

Mar. 31, 2024

Project description 

The Hamilton lab investigates blood and ECG based biomarkers of inherited, congenital and acquired rhythm disorders including arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, Brugada syndrome, autoimmune congenital heart block, Chagas disease, Lyme disease and other rare or endemic disorders of heart rhythm. The student would take on one portion of one of these projects during their tenure, under supervision, with one goal being a contribution to a publication.

Supervisor

Robert M Hamilton

Work arrangement

Hybrid

How to apply

Complete the SSuRe application form

  • Please enter jaclyn.durham@sickkids.ca on the form when you are asked to provide the email of the lab or supervisor you are applying to. 
  • A cover letter customized to the position sought is preferred.
  • Transcripts are required but may be unofficial.

Deadline

Apr. 30, 2024

What does the SSuRe Program curriculum include?

The SSuRe Program is here to support you from day one, from orientation and training to creating a poster to present at Symposium Day! 

Any high school or undergrad student working on a research project with a SickKids scientist over the summer months is warmly invited to participate in the SSuRe Program activities. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, where at SickKids you’re working, or how you’re getting paid — join us!

The SSuRe Program runs two research summer student-specific orientation sessions in May prior to the commencement of the program’s curricular activities — in the first and last week of May. Orientation includes a welcome address from our SSuRe Program committee chairs, information about clinical research services and research ethics, fire safety training, and occupational health services, including your occupational health appointment. You’ll get auto enrolled into the appropriate session, depending on your start date.

You’ll also get priority access to lab safety training sessions. The first sessions are held over the second week of May and the second sessions are held over the first week of June. 

If your start date does not correspond with these orientation and training dates—no problem! You’ll just attend the usual SickKids’ orientation and training, and we’ll post the orientation slides on our internal summer program pages. 

Each week, a leading SickKids scientist provides a dynamic, engaging talk intended to teach you something about a different area of research happening in the hospital and research institute. By the end of the summer, you'll have a better understanding and appreciation of the key roles basic and clinical research have in advancing our knowledge of human health and disease.  

The program also runs two skills focused seminars: winning posters and effective abstracts and a “how to talk to strangers” networking seminar. These seminars will teach you how to translate your research in a way that’s engaging, easy to understand, and inspiring. You’ll get best practices on writing effective abstracts, and give you the design ideas, tools, and software suggestions you need to create dynamic, eye-catching posters—and hands-on practice and expert knowledge about how to meet and talk to new people about yourself and your research.

Wondering what you might do with your science degree?

Come to Career Night to meet and network with current and SickKids Research Institute individuals who work in a variety of science careers. Learn about what they do, how they got there, and how they balance their work and home lives.  

Symposium Day gives you the full conference experience! You’ll submit an abstract, create a poster, present your work, and network with colleagues and scientists.

All non-graduate summer students doing research at SickKids are invited to participate. We’ll also choose the student with the best abstract from each of the seven Research Institute programs and invite you to give an oral presentation and a chance to win a prize! We’ll also give out prizes to the student with the best poster from each of the seven Research Institute programs.

Summer Research Funding Opportunities

The SickKids First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Summer Studentship provides a full 15-week full-time summer student stipend (approximately $9,000) to three incoming SickKids summer students who are First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

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The SSuRe Program provides $2,000 for up to 35 SickKids Research Institute scientists to support Research Summer Student salaries. The funding is generously provided from the Lunenfeld Summer Studentship.

Lunenfeld Studentships are awarded directly to the scientist and Research Summer Students supported by this funding will be required to participate in Symposium Day by submitting and abstract and presenting a poster/oral presentation. 

Your hiring scientist will let you know if you are a Lunenfeld Studentship funded student.  

The SSuRe Program began a partnership with the Community of Support Research Application Support Initiative (COS-RASI) at the University of Toronto to help support students who are Indigenous, Black, Filipino, economically disadvantaged, or who self-identify as disabled. This program targets students who are interested in finding summer positions in health science research to help support their career development in the field of medicine.

The partnership includes support in applying to centralized positions, mentorship opportunities and access to all SSuRe Program initiatives. 

The Opportunity Summer Studentship is valued at $3,000 each and will be awarded to the top ten ranked applicants to the COS-RASI program.

For more information on how to apply to the RASI stream, visit the COS page on the University of Toronto website through the link below.

View COS information

For external funding information, please visit the What's New in Research page on the University of Toronto's website through the link below.

View Funding Opportunities

Summer Research Funding Results

Community of Support Summer Studentship 2023

  • Amir Mohamed
  • Ella Nugent
  • Michaela Riley
  • Voke Ewhrudjakpor

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Summer Studentship 2023

  • Cameo Perrin
  • Emma Henderson 

Lunenfeld Summer Studentship 2023

  • Ahmed Mohamed
  • Aizah Ijaz
  • Aleena Rakkar
  • Alexandra D'Souza
  • Alyssa Wang
  • Amy Li
  • Aryan Regmi
  • Charlotte Polo
  • Chen Feng Wu
  • Chiara D'Addario
  • Elise Donszelmann-Lund
  • Ella Oppitz
  • Iris Li
  • Jayden Negin Schecter
  • Kofi Brako
  • Kosaran Gumarathas
  • Leticia Scalize de Oliveira
  • Lucas Wyss
  • Maia Goldberg
  • Manav Jain
  • Marissa Marton
  • Matthew Huang
  • Megan Liang
  • Naomi Kwan
  • Nikhita Austin
  • PengPeng(Selina) Tang
  • Quynh Nhi Phi
  • Rachael Peng
  • Rahma Osman
  • Serena Harden
  • Somin Mindy Lee
  • Vaishnavi Bhamidi

Community of Support Summer Studentship 2022

  • Asiya Ali
  • Idil Abdi
  • Juliane Feliciano
  • Marie Jo Abdul-Hay
  • Nana Kwesi Amartei Brocke
  • Sahba Eskandari
  • Samantha Tse
  • Sara Ali
  • Sinéad Osivwemu

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Summer Studentship 2022

  • Kristine Keon
  • Natalie Robitaille

Lunenfeld Summer Studentship 2022

  • Amanda Headrick
  • Amber Lee
  • Ana Janic
  • Anisa Khalfan
  • Ariane Isaac-bertrand
  • Avneet Ghotra
  • Daniel D'Souza
  • Deja Allison
  • Edward Chen
  • Fiorelle Aguilar
  • Grace Parish
  • Heili Poolsaar
  • Huilin Niu
  • Jessica Guo
  • Joelle  Peresin
  • Joy Khalil
  • Junlin Ren
  • Justin Xu
  • Kate Tsiandoulas
  • Matthew Tang
  • Melanie Posiewko
  • Natasha Trehan
  • Nathaniel Vo
  • Nevatha Kingsley
  • Nora Hodgson
  • Pegi Kaimi
  • Priscilla Fung
  • Sabrina Yang
  • Shurabi Anphalagan
  • Sofia Olaizola
  • Stefan Vislavski
  • Subin Park
  • Taylor Harris
  • Zhixin Zhang

Community of Support Summer Studentship 2021

  • Daniel Gaim
  • Deena Hassan
  • Hanifa Hasan
  • Isaiah Abrahams
  • Layla Ahmed
  • Lujayn Mahmoud
  • Maanasa Koripalli
  • Megan Clarke
  • Noyangbe Yesufu
  • Sonika Kumari
  • Tumi Olaoye

Lunenfeld Summer Studentship 2021

  • Abby Tafler
  • Addison Weatherhead
  • Adrian Sammy
  • Adrian Tanjala
  • Akash Kothari
  • Alisia Pan
  • Amanda Fregonas
  • Andrew Dissanayake
  • Anshika Jain
  • Arteen Torabi-Marashi
  • Benjamin Zhang
  • Bhagyashree Sharma
  • Brian Tsang
  • Bushra Haque
  • Cale Kooyman
  • Cathy Zhang
  • Charul Narain
  • Christina Papaioannou
  • Christopher Chu
  • Claire Howard
  • David Chen
  • David Friedland
  • Edgar Martinez Chavez
  • Ekambir Saran
  • Elena Huang
  • Elizabeth Wei
  • Emma Huang
  • Eric Godden
  • Fatima Ahmad
  • Felicia Balsamo
  • Gal Armon
  • Gee Hung Leo Cheong
  • Giselle Menezes
  • Helena Teng
  • Jaime Turk
  • Jasmine Dhaliwal
  • Jason Chung
  • Jiang (Barry) Nan
  • Jiayin (Emma) Xie
  • Jonathan Chung
  • Jordyn Burnett
  • Josh Gopaul
  • Joshua Neposlan
  • Joshua Dworsky-Fried
  • Joyce Ang
  • Kaitlin Lees
  • Karen Li
  • Katherine Bailey
  • Keiran Pace
  • Kevin Auw-Yang
  • Kha Nguyen
  • Kristen Schulz
  • Kyobin Hwang
  • Lauren Sano
  • Lloyd Fan
  • Lu Yi (Lina)  Li
  • Lucas Aragao
  • Lydia Leung
  • Madeleine Harris
  • Marium Kiwan
  • Masum Patel
  • Matthew Mueller
  • Max Somer
  • Mayura Panjalingam
  • Melissa Misztal
  • Michelle Prunier
  • Nykan Mirchi
  • Olivia Moir
  • Parneon Zakikhan
  • Patrick Grzela
  • Penelope McCreath
  • Priya Patel
  • Rob Taylor
  • Sahar Hoveyda
  • Sarah Yang
  • Sarah Yang
  • Sean Borkhoff
  • Shayna Tierney
  • Shirley Yu
  • Shiv Kandappah
  • Sonja Sulstarova
  • Sophia Farcas
  • Sriprada Thallapalli
  • Sufyan Rather
  • Sydney Steiman
  • Thalia Pandolfi
  • Thrmiga Sathiyamoorthy
  • Tiffany  Ayoub
  • Travis Wang
  • Vanessa Chen
  • Veronica Grad
  • Walter  Byrne
  • Wanyao (Yoyo) Chen
  • Wendy  Wu
  • Wendy Zhai
  • Yifan Duan
  • Yuman (Wendy) Zhai
  • Zhenyu Li

Underrepresented Minority Summer Studentship 2019

Kristine Keon

Lunenfeld Summer Studentship 2019

  • Abby Krupski
  • Adrian Che
  • Allen Bao
  • Avery Bailey
  • Benjamin Liu
  • Catherine Campbell
  • Deanna Kim
  • Hyunjin Kim
  • Isabel Zhang
  • Jee Woo Park
  • Justine Ziolkowski
  • Karen Li
  • Kimberly Gayle
  • Kugarja Sivanesan
  • Lauren Pickel
  • Madeline Elder
  • Mansuba Rana
  • Michael Groff
  • Mikaela Palandra
  • Nilasha Thayalan
  • Pranipa Ernest
  • Seyed Amir Ali Adel
  • Stella Schneckenburger
  • Susanna Lee
  • Tamara Dubljevic
  • Tarnem Afify
  • Victoria Wicks
  • Vincent So
  • Yiyao Yu
  • Yuen Tung Natalie Au
  • Zetao Liu
  • Zi Ling Yang
  • Zoe Friedman

Underrepresented Minority Summer Studentship 2018

Timothy Seto

Lunenfeld Summer Studentship 2018

  • Adam Minich
  • Alexandr Sacha Magder
  • Alexis Karsli
  • Angelo Ricci
  • Anson Hui
  • Biren Dave
  • Brooke Green
  • Caberry (Wei Yang Yu)
  • Darren Chai
  • David Yanofsky
  • Elaine Thai
  • Emma Swaffield
  • Ergi Duli
  • Farhan Mahmood
  • Grace Regent
  • Ido Nofech Mozes
  • Isabel de Verteuil
  • Janice Pang
  • Jeremy Wu
  • Joshua Charkow
  • Kate Bottomley
  • Lucia Santos
  • Nadine Tan
  • Pranjan Gandhi
  • Sara Rizakos
  • Sarah Moldaver
  • Shikha Patel
  • Shuzin (Cindy) Lin
  • Suvarna Moharir
  • Talia Wolfe
  • Tasneem Islam
  • Timothy Seto
  • Tse (Ben) Chen
  • Victor Adarquah
  • Yifang (Octavia) Weng
  • Zaynah Khan

Underrepresented Minority Summer Studentship 2017

Yitong Yang

Lunenfeld Summer Studentship 2017

  • Ahmad Shakeri
  • Alexa Desimone
  • Alexander Friesen
  • Amna Zulfiqar
  • Cadia Chan
  • Christian F Delayun
  • D'Arcy Prendergast
  • Dhia Azzouz
  • Do Young Kim
  • Emma Sypes
  • Erin Jacobs
  • Henry Yuheng Liu
  • James An
  • Katina Zheng
  • Kyra Moura
  • Lamia Hossain
  • Liel Cohn
  • Maxwell Gelkopf
  • Phyllis Yiu
  • Randolph Kissoon
  • Rhea Jangra
  • Ronwell Joshua Pusong
  • Salar Sadri
  • Sarah Pol
  • Tasneem Islam
  • Thenuka Thanabalasingam
  • Victoria O'Driscoll
  • Xiahuizi Li
  • Yun-Kyo Kim

Symposium Awardees

Oral Presentations

Josh Gopaul, Villemain lab, 1st place

Katie Pirie, Malkin lab, 2nd place

Ana Spasojevic, McCrindle lab, 3rd place

Poster Presentations

Florence Chu, Brill lab, Cell Biology Program

Isabella Zaffino, Jibb lab, Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Victoria Tran, Mallipatna lab, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences

Jasmine Zhang, Wall lab, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology

Kunal Kolhatkar, Dirks Lab, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology

Tiffany Yu, Dirks lab, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology

Maia List, Dowling lab, Genetics & Genome Biology

Nicholas Chan, Hiraki lab, Genetics & Genome Biology

Andrew Dayton, Julien lab, Molecular Medicine

Ahmed Mohamed, Dlamini lab, Neurosciences & Mental Health

Quynh Phi, Coles Lab, Translational Medicine

Cell Biology

  • Ekam Saran
  • Carina Lyons
  • Tima Al Shammaa

Child Health Evaluative Sciences

  • Estreya Cohen
  • Leighton Schreyer
  • Nicholas Chan

Developmental & Stem Cell Biology

  • Rachel Morley
  • Luiza Lopes Pontual
  • Taylor Harris

Genetics & Genome Biology

  • Nikola Reko
  • Jordan Lindzon

Molecular Medicine

  • Kana Ogawa

Neurosciences & Mental Health

  • Olivia Hendrikx
  • Natalie Robitaille

Translational Medicine

  • Jonathan Chung
  • Subin Park
  • Juliane Feliciano

Other

  • Rebecka Quinn

 

Cell Biology

  • Joyce Ang
  • Kaitlin Lees

Child Health Evaluative Sciences

  • Emma Huang

Developmental & Stem Cell Biology

  • Lucas Aragao
  • Mohammed Said

Genetics & Genome Biology

  • Amy Pan

Molecular Medicine

  • Karen Li

Neurosciences & Mental Health

  • Ke Xin (Kristina) Zhang

Translational Medicine

  • Akash Kothari
  • Jonathan Chung

Frequently asked questions

Eligibility

Yes, the 2024 SSuRe program is running this year!

Yes, non-degree students are eligible to apply to Research Summer Student positions, as long as you will be going back to school in the fall. See eligibility criteria above.

If you are in your last year of high-school and entering into a college or university program in the fall, following the SSuRe Program, you are eligible to Research Summer Student positions. 

Yes, as long as you have applied to, or have been accepted into, a research degree program in the fall following the SSuRe Program, you are eligible to Research Summer Student positions. 

No, you are not eligible to be hired as a Research Summer Student. However, you may be eligible to be hired into a different research student or research staff position. Please contact the scientist(s) you are interested in working with to see if they have any open research student opportunities available. 

Yes, international students are eligible to apply to the program. However, international students will need to comply with all quarantine protocols in place at the time the program starts. Students must be located within Ontario during their summer placement.

The SSuRe Program activities officially start at the beginning of May and run for 15 weeks until Symposium Day, which is held in mid-August. Depending on how much later you are able to begin work, this may not be enough time for you to conduct sufficient research for your abstract presentation on Symposium Day.  

Most students will begin on the first day of the SSuRe Program and will have ample time to work on their projects, which may put you at a disadvantage when submitting your abstract for Symposium Day. Please consider this before applying to the program. Please contact the scientist(s) you are interested in working with to ask if they would be willing to accept your application under these circumstances. 

If you are a medical student, your Research Summer Student position will begin June 1, or the first business day after June 1. 

We suggest that you limit your applications to five scientists. Send your applications to those you are most interested in and best suit your interests.

If a scientist’s name is no longer on the SSuRe Program website, they are no longer accepting applications for a Research Summer Student. They are either conducting interviews or have already selected a student.

The SickKids Research Volunteer Program is entirely separate from the SickKids Summer Research Program (SSuRe). All SSuRe students must be paid at least minimum wage plus vacation. 

Of course! Please see applying to posted and unposted positions above.

All SSuRe program activities (orientation, seminars, career day, and symposium) are expected to take place in-person. A hybrid format may be used for some seminars and workshops. Please keep an eye on this page for any updates.

Depending on your summer project, you may be working onsite or remotely to conduct your research. Please connect with your supervisor for more information.

All summer students, including students working remotely, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19: received two doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single dose of a one dose COVID-19 vaccine series that is listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization or approved by Health Canada.

During your onboarding, you may also be asked to provide proof of immunization for the following: Tuberculosis (TB) status, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Hepatitis B and Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis. 

Yes! We suggest that you limit your applications to five scientists.

You'll need to discuss remote work arrangements with your supervisor(s). Please note, summer students working remotely must be located within Ontario to connect to the SickKids network. 

Transcripts

If you do not have university transcripts available, one from high school would be acceptable. First semester marks or mid-term marks are also acceptable, if available from your institution.

If you do not have a transcript from your current year, one from your previous year would be acceptable (i.e. you are in third year but send second year marks).

Reference Letter(s)

Yes. A reference should be from someone you feel would be best able to describe your past or current work/school experience. If you are not sure if a reference letter from a particular individual would be acceptable, please contact the scientist(s) to whom you wish to apply to ask.

This is at the discretion of each scientist. Please contact the scientist(s) in advance of submitting a full application to ask.

You may address your reference letter to: SickKids Hiring Manager.

Hiring

Due to the number of applications scientists receive each year, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted by the scientist. If you have not heard about your application by the end of April, you likely have not been selected. 

No enrollment necessary! Once you’ve been offered a Research Summer Student position, you’ll complete the onboarding package sent to you by the scientist (or their delegate). From there, we’ll auto-enroll you onto our SSuRe Program newsletter mailing list—so make sure you check the email you provide in the RTC Registry! 

Due to the volume of applications received by each scientist, only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. We suggest you wait until after the application deadline to inquire with the scientist. If you haven't heard back by early April, it is likely that the scientist has filled the position. 

Please include the SSuRe program application form, cover letter,  CV/resume, transcript(s), and your referee's contact information when applying to SSuRe program positions.

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