Summer Research Programs
The call for projects for the CREMS Summer Program will be sent to faculty in late January / early February. If you do not typically receive these invitations please contact Lisa firstname.lastname@example.org to add you to the distribution list
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.
Students will be notified via email when the projects are posted to the website and open to applications. There are typically 50 remote projects available. If you are interested in a project, please contact the supervisor listed on the proposal directly to request an interview.
IMPORTANT - CREMS COVID-19 Response
The Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) Program Office is now accepting faculty submissions for the 2021 Summer Research Program.
The 2021 Supervisor Application Form is available below:
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 email@example.com by February 24, 2021.
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 100-120 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.
You may consult our website for any further details or get in touch with me for any questions you may have (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 that they can now apply to the successfully funded projects listed
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 18, 2021)
Step 7: Mentor Agreement Forms to be complete and sent back to CREMS via email by early June
Step 8: Program begins early-mid June
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.
Students may choose from a list of supervisors and projects available on the CREMS website in February, or have a choice of their own research projects and supervisors. Unlike in the Research Scholar Program, the chosen supervisor is not restricted to one appointed to a graduate department at U of T.
The CREMS Summer Program is open to first- and second-year medical students as well as students with a Master's or Ph.D. degree. MD/Ph.D. students are eligible to apply for a one-time CREMS Summer Program, either between the first and second year or the second and third year of their medical training.
The Summer Program formally runs for a continuous 10 to 12 week period from late May or early June to mid- or late August. You will work on the research project on a full-time basis, in addition to attending a short series of four to five mandatory seminars during the course of the summer (these will be on hold until further notice). Seminars will feature a variety of topics related to biomedical research given by distinguished members of the Faculty of Medicine.
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.
PHASE 1 SUPERVISORS: A call for submissions will go out to the faculty
PHASE II STUDENTS: Students will be notified via email when the project catalogue is posted.
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.
Requirements for successful completion
Upon completion of the Summer Program, students will be required to submit via email to the CREMS Director:
- Formal project abstract fit for publication
- Supervisor Evaluation Form
- One-page Informal Report about your research experience
These reports are due at the end of September. Moreover, 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 at least one other reviewer.