Summer Research Programs

The Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) Summer Research Program provides opportunities each year for medical students enrolled at the University of Toronto to participate in a full-time, 10 to 12-week summer research project between their first and second year, or second and third year of medical school, under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Duration

The Summer Program formally runs continuously from late May/early June to mid/late August. You will work on the research project on a full-time basis with one week granted for holidays. Please arrange holidays with your supervisor directly. 

Stipend

A stipend of $5,500 is included; CREMS will contribute $2,750 and the supervisor will be responsible for $2,750. The supervisor is also responsible for any extraneous study or travel expenses.

Please note that CREMS will not support any pre-determined pairings of student/supervisor. Supervisors must agree to open their projects to all students and interview all that are interested. 

We will be accepting faculty submissions for the 2022 Summer Research Program in early February 2022. 

  • Your project must be remote-capable (in case of new restrictions) or have an alternative remote option outlined. “The decision about where the project occurs (remote or in a lab) will be decided by the supervisor based on the policies in place at the supervisor’s institution during the time of the placement, and the specific circumstances of the lab.”

  • Interested faculty should complete the form and send it to crems.programs@utoronto.ca by February 24, 2022.

  • Your project will then be posted to the website and students will be invited to apply directly to you. You are asked to briefly meet and interview the applicants and select one that you would prefer to work with. We only allow one student per project. Once the selection is made you will notify the CREMS office.

  • At this point, we will submit all of the projects that have matched up with a student, to the adjudication committee. This group is made up of faculty members, both clinicians and basic scientists. This group will review the projects and rank them.

  • We typically receive 100-150 applications and are able to fund around 40-50. We will offer a position to the supervisor/student pairs with the highest scores/rank. If your project is selected you are agreeing to cover half of the student stipend. Students will receive a total of $5,500 for the 10-12 week period. Half of this ($2,750) is paid by CREMS and the remaining half  ($2,750) will be paid by the supervisor.

  • Write to us at crems.programs@utoronto.ca if you have any questions or need further details.

Application Process

Call for projects goes out to all U of T Faculty - Late January 2022/Early February 2022. If you do not typically receive these invitations please contact Lisa crems.programs@utoronto.ca to add you to the distribution list 
Step 2
Project submissions are sent to an adjudication committee made up of both clinicians and basic scientists who review and score the projects 
Step 3
The projects are reviewed by the faculty adjudicators and ranked. Funding is determined (Late April / Early May)
Step 4
CREMS will then notify all supervisors to let them know if their projects have been selected for the program. Successful projects will be posted to the CREMS website and students will be notified via email that they can now apply to the successfully funded projects listed. If you are a student interested in a project, please contact the supervisor listed on the proposal directly to request an interview. The student is required to submit an application to the CREMS Programs Office only once you and your supervisor have been selected by the adjudication team for funding. When you are notified that you are successful, a student application form will be sent to you. Please do not contact CREMS in order to obtain the application. The application should be prepared in consultation with your supervisor, not by your supervisor.  The Summer Research Program does not operate on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed, ranked, and selected by the CREMS Programs Director and a review panel consisting of at least three other faculty advisors. The number of available positions offered depends on the availability of funding for that year; usually, 50-60 students/supervisor pairs are funded.  Please note that in order to qualify for the following summer studentship awards, you must apply to the CREMS Summer Program by completing the CREMS application form before the deadline.
Step 5
Students will begin to contact supervisors of the project(s) that they are interested in.  At this point, we ask that supervisors set up a meeting with those interested and select which of these students they feel is most suitable for the project (April/May)
Step 6
Supervisors advise CREMS of their student selection and will be sent a Mentor Agreement form to be signed by supervisor and student that they agree to work with each other and that the Supervisor agrees to pay half of the total stipend ($2,750). (Deadline May 20, 2022)
Step 7
Program begins early-mid June

Requirements for successful completion

Upon completion of the Summer Program, students will be required to submit via email to Lisa at crems.programs@utoronto.ca. A call for these deliverables will go out the first week of September and will be due the first week of October. 

  1. Formal project abstract fit for publication

  2. Supervisor Evaluation Form

  3. One-page Informal Report about your research experience

Students are required to participate in the annual Medical Student Research Day held in February of the following year, by submitting an abstract and presenting a poster of their findings. Successful completion of the Summer Program will be evaluated by the CREMS Program Director and Coordinator.