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Undergraduate Research Assistantships

Two undergraduate research assistants sit on a computer

If you have a deep interest in data analysis, lab work or exhibition curation, a job as an undergraduate research assistant could be ideal. You will spend two terms (spring and summer) working for a professor who is pursuing innovative research in an area such as microfluidics, urban development or artificial neural networks, to name a few. It’s a unique opportunity for you to make an impact in your field of study, earn an income, and develop the skills and experience that could give you an edge in your job search after graduation. It’s also an excellent way to find out if graduate studies would be right for you.

Am I eligible?

To be considered for a research assistantship, you must be in the third year of your undergraduate degree program, and have a CGPA of 3.0 or higher. You may not concurrently hold another research assistant position on campus during the period of your employment.

How do I apply?

A professor must apply on your behalf. However, it is up to you to approach them and inquire about a research assistantship. Here’s how:

  1. Find a professor whose research interests you and who you would enjoy working with.
  2. Contact them and explain that you meet the above eligibility criteria.
  3. Send them the link to the DRF-URE grant, which they can apply for to fund your research assistantship. 

Note: These undergraduate research assistantships should not be confused with another research assistant program offered at Toronto Metropolitan University in the fall and winter. To view details, significant dates and links to that program, please visit the Career Boost and Research Assistant Program page.

Taspia Wahid

"During the summer after my third year, I worked as a research assistant with the Signals Analysis Research Group under Dr. Krishnan. In his lab, I saw mathematical theories transform into physical representations of human physiology and it was a defining experience. This work term really opened my eyes to the endless directions that my engineering education can take me.”

Taspia Wahid, Cyber Security Consulting Analyst at Accenture
Biomedical Engineering '18

Faculty Members: Apply for research assistant funding through the DRF-URE grant.