Department Updates

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities

There are different summer research opportunities for Health Sciences undergraduate students that are meant to stimulate your interest in health-related research (Dean Summer Research Internship (DSRI), Health Sciences Research Internship (HSRI), and NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). If you would like to gain research experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these competitive awards can provide you with financial support.

While the application process, award value, award duration, and student eligibility vary between the awards, they all have one thing in common – you first have to approach a faculty supervisor who is accepting students to inquire if they will be your sponsor for the award and mentor during the summer.

Please follow the instructions below before contacting faculty:

1. Read the list of Health Sciences faculty who will be accepting applications for the 2023 summer studentships:

Edana Cassol (DSRI, HSRI only)

Kristin Connor (DSRI, HSRI only)

Martin Holcik

Joerg Overhage (HSRI only)

Paul Peters

2. Identify who you may want to reach out to by reviewing their websites

3. Contact a prospective faculty supervisor by email. Your email should contain the following information

  • A brief outline of why you want to work with the specific professor
  • The opportunity you are interested in (DSRI, HSRI, USRA, other)
  • Your unofficial transcript
  • A CV, including experiences that may be relevant to the research opportunity/lab

Please note that the professor must receive these introductory e-mails no later than January 27th, 2023 (for NSERC USRA applications) or February 17th, 2023 (for DSRI and HSRI applications) to allow sufficient time to interview and select students and to develop applications.



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To understand the complexities of health and disease and develop solutions that address current and emerging health issues, a new approach is needed.

The Department of Health Sciences brings a new vision to health education and research that positions us as trailblazers in understanding and addressing the health of individuals, populations, and societies.

Our department was founded with the recognition that the best health education and research must include collaborations between individuals and groups across disciplines, from biomedical, social, mathematical, environmental, political sciences and beyond.

By integrating knowledge and methods from these different fields, we offer interdisciplinary learning and research experiences that set our students apart and ensures their success in meeting their academic and professional goals.

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