Undergraduate Summer Research

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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program


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

Application deadline: February 23, 2024, 5pm

Areas Of Research

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

Summer Research Program


  1. Students must have successfully completed a term in a full-time undergraduate program directly prior to the award period

  2. Students should have a minimum B+ average (3.3 GPA) or higher in the two terms of undergraduate studies immediately preceding acceptance of the award. 

  3. Students who have completed their undergraduate program are not eligible, unless (1) they have been accepted into or are currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional program (e.g., medical undergraduate degree program), or (2) they have been accepted into a graduate program which they have not yet begun.

  4. University of Toronto and non-University of Toronto students may apply.

  5. A student may be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or foreign student with valid student visa for the full summer work term.

  6. A student may submit only one application to this UROP program. Departure from this rule will result in the application being accorded a lower priority or even denied.

  7. Students cannot hold another summer research award concurrently with a UROP award.

  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.


From $5,000 to $6,000 for 12 to 16 weeks of research.

How to Apply

Please submit all of the following documents to the Department of Nutritional Sciences Undergraduate Program Administrator by email to dns.admin@utoronto.ca using
Subject Line: 2024 Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Program and the student’s name (files can be separate attachments or combined)

  1. 2024 Application Form Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Program.docx

  2. Electronic copy of your unofficial transcripts (PDF and screenshots are acceptable)

  3. Cover Letter (addressed to Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy, Summer Research Coordinator)

  4. CV/Resume

  5. A reference letter on your behalf from a professor or previous employer (letters should be sent directly to dns.admin@utoronto.ca with the subject line "Letter for UROP Student")


Please direct all inquiries to dns.admin@utoronto.ca using Subject Line: 
UROP Questions

Thank you for your interest in our research opportunities!

Available Supervisors