Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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NFS394Y/494Y Research Projects in Nutritional Sciences: 2018-2019

This course is offered to the third/fourth year students who have a strong academic background with at least a B+ in the 2nd/3rd year and an interest in research. It provides an exciting, challenging, and educationally rewarding experience to qualified students. In essence, the student, with guidance from a staff member, plans, carries out, and writes a final report on an approved, limited research project. In this way, the individual student is provided with experience in all of the important aspects of research. The course gives the student a chance to experience the challenges, rewards and frustrations of life in research. Students interested in the research course are encouraged to become familiar with the research activities and interests of core academic and cross-appointed staff members. This information is available on the department website. It is recommended that the student contact those individuals working in the areas of interest to discuss the staff members' availability for NFS 394Y/494Y supervision and possible research topics.

Acceptance into the course requires

  1. Prior consent of the supervising staff member.
  2. Strong academic background (B+).
  3. Courses taken in nutrition.
  4. Departmental approval.

Information is available in the guidelines for students package (PDF).

Application Procedure:

1. Fill in the application form (PDF).

Deadline: September 4, 2018

Guidelines and Form are in .pdf format. Download Adobe PDF Reader.


2019 Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Program 

Summer 2019 Application Deadline:  Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Students will be advised of the outcome of their application by Monday April 9, 2019.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to become involved in research in basic, clinical or community health aspects of nutrition research.

Research Examples:

  • Diet and cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and aging
  • Nutrition, cognitive function, brain development
  • Food intake regulation and feeding behavior
  • Pediatric nutrition, from the neonate to the teenager
  • Biochemical and physiological function of food components-fiber, fatty acids, antioxidants
  • Nutrition and poverty
  • Clinical nutrition

Stipends: From $ 5000 to $6000 for 12 to 16 weeks of research.

Total UROP Awards: 7 (including 1 award in the disease area cancer - Dr. John P. Mitchell award).


  • Students must have completed at least one year in a full time undergraduate degree program (does not have to be Nutritional Sciences);
  • Students must have an average of B+ (3.3 GPA) or higher in the two most recent terms to be eligible;
  • Students must be supervised by a Nutritional Sciences Faculty member.

Program Advantage:

  • Experience the fun and challenge of research
  • Meet and work with graduate students
  • Get to know a professor
  • Good for future reference letters

Application procedure:

Students are required to complete the DNS 2019 Summer Research Program Application Form and submit an electronic copy to Nutritional Science Admin.
Students must include a scanned copy of their current transcript (Screenshots and PDF files are acceptable);
One letter of intent & a Curriculum Vitae
A reference letter on your behalf from a Professor or previous employer should be sent to Dr. Mary L'Abbe, Summer Research Coordinator, c/o  Nutritional Science Admin.

When selecting prospective supervisors, students must rank them one to four in order of preference, with one being the most preferred.
Supervisors who have shown an interest in a summer research student are listed below (List will be updated frequently).

Harvey Anderson 

Mary L'Abbe

Deborah O'Connor

Daniel Roth

Joanne Kotsopoulos

Daniel Sellen

David Jenkins

Deborah O'Connor

John Sievenpiper

Mary L'Abbe

Richard Bazinet

Valerie Tarasuk

Kathy Musa-Veloso

Jonathon Maguire

Elena Comelli

Students are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors and formally introduce their research.


Other Undergraduate Opportunities

Below is a list of other opportunities available to students. For most of these programs, a USRA is a pre-requisite. Note that Research Services does not administer these programs.

Please encourage your students to consider this program, particularly those individuals who are either ineligible for, or not selected for, the University USRA. Note that the application and submission processes for this program are changing to a completely electronic format.

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