Summer Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Program


Application deadline: February 26, 2021

The Department of Nutritional Sciences provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to become involved in research within various aspects of nutrition.

  1. Diet and cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and aging
  2. Nutrition, cognitive function, and brain development
  3. Food intake regulation and feeding behaviour
  4. Pediatric nutrition from neonate to teenager
  5. Biochemical and physiological function of food components - fiber, fatty acids, and anti-oxidants
  6. Nutrition and poverty
  7. Clinical nutrition

Stipends: From $ 4000 to $6000 for 12 to 16 weeks of research.

Eligibility Guidelines

  1. Students must have successfully completed a term in a full-time undergraduate program directly prior to the award period
  2. Students must have an average of B+ (3.3 GPA) or higher in the two most recent terms to be eligible
  3. Students who have completed their undergraduate program are not eligible, unless they have been accepted into an undergraduate professional program (medical undergraduate degree program).
  4. Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional program (medical undergraduate degree program) are eligible to apply.
  5. University of Toronto and non-University of Toronto students may apply, including international students
  6. Students may submit only one application to this program. Departure from this rule will result in the application being accorded a lower priority or even denied
  7. Students cannot accept multiple summer research awards at the same time
  8. Students must be supervised by a Nutritional Sciences faculty member and are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors to formally introduce themselves and indicate their interest in the faculty member's research using the following list of supervising faculty below.
  9. Supervisors can be named as primary supervisor for only one application through one unit to this Program.

Application Procedure

Your application should include all of the following documents:

  1. UROP 2021 Application Form
  2. Electronic copy of your unofficial transcripts (PDF and screenshots are acceptable)
  3. Letter of Intent/Cover Letter
  4. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  5. A reference letter on your behalf from a professor or previous employer

Please submit all of the following documents to Department of Nutritional Sciences Administrative Assistant by email to with the subject: 2021 Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Program and the student’s name.

Supervising Faculty

When selecting prospective supervisors, you must rank them from 1 to 4 in order of preference on your UROP 2021 Application form, with 1 being your most preferred.

The following faculty are available to supervise your summer research.

  1. Harvey Anderson
  2. Mary L'Abbe
  3. Deborah O'Connor
  4. Joanne Kotsopoulos
  5. Jonathon Maguire
  6. Vasanti Malik
  7. Ahmed El-Sohemy
  8. Elena Comelli
  9. John Sievenpiper
  10. Jacqueline Beaudry
  11. Daniel Roth 

*The list will be updated when additional information becomes available.

It is the responsibility of the supervisor to ensure that their student is covered by the appropriate protocol.

Summer Research Awards

  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council University of Toronto Excellence Award (NSERC UTEA) -TBA award
  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Undergraduate Student Research Award Program (NSERC USRA) -TBA award
  • UROP – 6 awards
  • Dr. John P. Mitchell - 2 awards
  1. GM – Health Research in other Areas: 1
  2. CH – Cardiovascular, Heart: 1
  3. CA – Cancer and Cancer related diseases: 4

Once applications have been reviewed, and supervisors assigned, selected applicants will be asked to complete the NSERC 202 form found on the NSERC online system.