Faculty of Arts & Science Programs (299/398/399)

Research Opportunities Program: 299Y1/399Y1 Courses

Director: Randy Boyagoda, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate
Contact: Christine Ovcaric, Experiential Learning Officer (experiential.artsci@utoronto.ca)

The Research Opportunities Program (ROP) provides an opportunity for Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in their second and third year (i.e. after completing at least 4 but not more than 16 credits) to earn one course credit by participating in a faculty member’s research project. Each 299Y1/399Y1 course has a program-specific designator, such as ANT, CLA, CSB, VIC, etc. Not all departments or programs will necessarily participate in the ROP each year.

Students can participate in only one 299Y1 project and/or one 399Y1 project, and students may not participate in a 299Y1 and a 399Y1 in the same Academic year or with the same Faculty supervisor. Students apply to ROP projects and are informed in mid-April whether they have been accepted. Successful applicants are registered by the Office of Experiential Learning & Outreach Support. Regular tuition fees apply for ROP enrollment.

Assessment and grading methods are determined by individual faculty members and may differ between projects. Students are typically expected to present a poster of their work at the Annual Arts & Science Research Forum.

Exact details about ROP projects, application deadlines, eligibility, and how to apply are posted on the Faculty's website.

Research Excursions Program: 398H0/398Y0 Courses

Director: Randy Boyagoda, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate
Contact: Christine Ovcaric, Experiential Learning Officer (experiential.artsci@utoronto.ca)

The 398 Research Excursions Program (REP) provides an opportunity for Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in their third year (i.e. after completing at least 9 but not more than 16 credits) to participate in a practical or experiential research activity under the supervision of a faculty member. The practical, experiential component can take the form of research/learning in archives, laboratories, libraries, or in a field camp, etc.— but not in a classroom at another university (that is covered by the Faculty’s summer abroad and exchange programs). The projects run within the May-August period, when both Faculty and students can make the time commitments necessary. Regular tuition fees apply.

Each 398H0/398Y0 has a program-specific designator, such as ANT, CLA, CSB, VIC, etc., and would be eligible to count towards program completion if the program sponsor (Chair or Director) so chooses. A limited number of 398H0/398Y0 courses are available each year. Faculty supervisors propose the projects and choose students from those who apply.

Applications for summer 2021 REPs will open in February 2021 and close in March 2021. Exact details about REP application deadlines, eligibility, course offerings and how to apply are posted on the Faculty's website.

Faculty of Arts & Science-Funded International Programs

Director: Randy Boyagoda, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate
Contact: Christine Ovcaric, Experiential Learning Officer (experiential.artsci@utoronto.ca)

In an effort to provide opportunities to as many students as possible, for Faculty of Arts & Science-funded programs priority will be given to those students who have not previously received funding for these programs. All participants must be current Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in good standing, and their eligibility must be confirmed by the Experiential Learning & Outreach Support Office prior to acceptance to the program. Participation in a Faculty-funded program does not affect participation in Summer Abroad or student exchange opportunities. 

International/Indigenous Course Module (ICM)

The Faculty of Arts & Science’s International/Indigenous Course Module (ICM) provides an opportunity for faculty members to incorporate an intensive international or Indigenous experiential module into the framework of existing undergraduate courses. The ICM is designed to enhance students’ classroom learning in a wide range of areas through the application of course content to relevant settings and communities around the globe. ICMs are selected in late May and take place over Reading Week the following November or February. Students’ participation in the ICM may be incorporated into the final course grade. In many cases, ICM participants share their experiences with the wider Arts & Science community through publications, presentations or web-based resources.

Locations: Courses and locations for Reading Week in the upcoming November or February will be posted in June on the Faculty of Arts & Science Current Students page. Interested students can view stories and highlights of previous ICMs on the Learning Abroad website.

Courses: Past ICMs have examined the role of political changes in the Republic of Georgia, geologic evolution and mining in Spain, historical biography in Uganda and urbanization in China.

Cost: Faculty of Arts & Science provides funding for students’ and faculty airfare, accommodation and local transportation. Students may be asked to contribute a deposit towards the ICM, but amounts are capped at $200.00.

Eligibility: A limited number of ICMs are offered each year and the program is only available to undergraduate Arts & Science (St. George) degree students enrolled in the course(s) in which the module is proposed.

Application: Upcoming ICMs and their corresponding courses will be listed on the Arts & Science website. Students express interest to participate in the ICM through the course professor. Once they are enrolled and faculty members will be responsible for selecting student participants.

If you are interested in working with a faculty member to create an ICM for a course, and for all questions related to the ROP, REP, and ICM programs, please contact: experiential.artsci@utoronto.ca

Undergraduate Research Fund

The Undergraduate Research Fund (URF) is funded jointly by the Arts & Science Students’ Union (ASSU) and the Faculty of Arts & Science. It provides funding for students to develop a research project of their own, for which there is no other available funding. The fund is open to all Arts & Science undergraduate students in good academic standing and no minimum GPA is required. Research projects must be initiated by students, related to their degree, and supervised by a faculty member with a continuing appointment in the Faculty of Arts and Science either through a regular course, an independent study, a research essay, or other academic project. For application forms and further information, please see the URF website.

For further information please contact: undergrad.awards@artsci.utoronto.ca