Charles Hollenberg Summer Studentship Program 2021

The BBDC is committed to funding our next generation of diabetes researchers.  We are planning to proceed with the 2021 Charles Hollenberg Summer Student Program with the modifications noted below.  However, if the COVID-19 situation changes, the program may be subject to additional modifications or cancelled.

  • We are accepting applications for diabetes research projects that can be carried out either in-lab, remotely, or a combination of both.
  • The Weekly Seminar Series and Mini-conference will be held in an online format.

Important Advisory:

In the event of lab shutdowns either before or during the studentship due to COVID-19, the studentship will be withdrawn unless the supervisor confirms with the BBDC that the student’s research project can be carried out remotely for the duration of the 12 week studentship. Supervisors will be required to return full or partial funding to the BBDC for projects which cannot commence or be continued remotely.  Part-time projects or projects of less than 12-weeks’ duration are not options.

If the supervisor’s institution imposes staff hiring restrictions due to COVID-19 which will prevent the student from commencing the project by June 7, 2021, the studentship will be withdrawn.

Description:

The goal of the program is to introduce undergraduate and medical students to the field of diabetes research and to encourage research in diabetes and its complications as a career. Fourteen summer studentships are available for undergraduate and medical students to carry out summer research in diabetes under the supervision of a member of the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC).

Students will be required to work full-time for a minimum of 12 weeks between May 1 and August 31, 2021. Specific start and end dates are to be arranged directly with the hiring supervisor.

Supervisors will be responsible for ensuring that their student submits a one-page abstract of their research findings to the Program Coordinator before the Mini-Conference. The supervisor should guide the student on how to write a complete scientific abstract.

Eligibility Requirements:

  •  The potential supervisor must hold a faculty appointment with the University of Toronto at the level of assistant, associate or full professor, and must be conducting diabetes research at the time of application submission.
  • The potential supervisor must also be a registered member* of the BBDC at the time of application submission. (*Faculty who are new to the field of diabetes research and are not members of the BBDC can request free membership by contacting the Centre prior to submitting an application. For more information, please see the Membership section of this website).
  • Potential supervisors may submit a maximum of two (2) applications. However, under normal circumstances only one studentship will be awarded per supervisor.
  • Students may not submit more than one application.

Students Eligible To Apply:

  • University students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or medical degree program.
  • University students who will complete an undergraduate or medical degree program in May 2021 (but not earlier) and will be enrolled in a graduate degree program commencing  September 2021 (but not earlier).

Students Not Eligible to Apply:

  • High school students.
  • Students who will complete an undergraduate or medical degree program by January 2021.
  • Students who are currently enrolled or will be enrolled in a graduate degree program Master’s or Doctoral by May 2021.
  • Those who have received a research graduate degree (Master’s or Doctoral) are not eligible to apply regardless of their current status.

The competition is not restricted to University of Toronto students. International students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or medical degree program at a Canadian university are eligible for the program if they are legally allowed to work in Canada.

Amount:

The student’s stipend will be a minimum of $5,985 based on a minimum hourly rate of $14.25 for a 35-hour work week for the 12-week program. The Banting & Best Diabetes Centre will provide the supervisor’s institution with $2,992.50 for the student’s stipend, and a minimum of $2,992.50 must be provided by the supervisor.

Relevance to Diabetes:

This funding program supports original research on the physiology and pathophysiology of diabetes that would be published in a diabetes-focused journal. Research proposals can include any aspect of laboratory, animal, or human research. Areas of research which are considered relevant to diabetes include the pathogenesis of diabetes and its complications, normal and pathological pancreatic islet function and intermediary metabolism, pharmacological mechanisms of drug and hormone action, and biochemical and molecular aspects of normal and abnormal biological processes.

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be reviewed by the BBDC Trainee Advancement and Development Committee and will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The research project, including relevance to diabetes
  • The training environment in which the student will carry out their research project
  • The student’s academic record
  • Special accomplishments or attributes relevant to the Summer Studentship application
  • A minor component of the evaluation will be based on other factors that the reviewers consider relevant to this competition

The Application Process:

STEP 1 – Find a Potential Supervisor

Students must contact potential supervisors directly to discuss the possibility of a summer position. The potential supervisor must hold a full-time faculty appointment with the University of Toronto and must be conducting diabetes research. The potential supervisor must also be a registered member of the BBDC at the time of application submission.

Click here to view a list of supervisors who potentially have one or more positions available for a summer student – 2021

Students may also directly contact other faculty not on the list above with whom they are interested in working to discuss the possibility of a summer position. Research profiles of BBDC members involved in diabetes-related research can be found on our website here.

STEP 2 – Submit an Application

Once the student has found a potential supervisor, the supervisor and student jointly submit a completed application form to the BBDC by the application deadline date. Students may not submit more than one application.

Application Form:

Submit a completed application form to the BBDC by the deadline date. A maximum of two (2) applications may be submitted by each potential supervisor; however, only one studentship will be awarded per supervisor under normal circumstances.

Download the 2021 Charles Hollenberg Summer Studentship Program Application Form (PDF)

Application Deadline:

4 p.m., January 21, 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Notification:

All students and their supervisors will be notified by early April. Funding decisions will also be posted on this website.

Other Terms:

  • Successful students cannot accept more than one summer studentship regardless of the funding source.
  • All selected summer students must attend a minimum of 90 percent of the weekly seminars and are required to give a presentation of their work at the Mini-Conference. Failure to comply with the program’s requirements will result in future ineligibility of both the student and supervisor for BBDC funding programs.
  • Successful applicants must acknowledge support from the “Banting & Best Diabetes Centre, University of Toronto” in relevant presentations and publications arising from the supported research. Failure to acknowledge this support will result in future ineligibility of both the student and supervisor for BBDC funding programs.

Inquiries:

Sanam Tajadod
Phone: 416-978-3498
E-mail: admin.bbdc@utoronto.ca

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Adriana Migliorini