Call for Faculty and Principal Investigator Supervisors

Supervisors needed for 2024 Summer Undergraduate Data Science (SUDS) Opportunities Program

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Deadline: November 15, 2023 

The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is preparing for the 2024 Summer Undergraduate Data Science (SUDS) Opportunities Program.

Faculty members and principal investigators who meet the eligibility criteria (below) and may have one or more positions available for a summer student should complete and submit the online application by November 15, 2023.

The list of SUDS opportunity descriptions will be posted on the DSI website on December 7, 2023, for student applications.

SUDS Summer research opportunities are available for up to 25 students.

  1. Eligible applicants include all professorial staff eligible to hold research funding at the University of Toronto (U of T) or at the external funding partner and must satisfy the additional eligibility criteria below.
  2. Applicants must have a budgetary appointment at U of T or at a DSI external funding partner. Faculty budgetary appointments for the University of Toronto are continuing, full-time academic appointments with salary commitments from a University of Toronto academic unit. Co-supervision is allowed and encouraged, but for funding purposes, one supervisor must be designated as the primary supervisor who holds the funds.  
  3. Applicants must be members of the DSI. See here to join.

  • Proposed research should be focused on data sciences methodology or applications in any research area.
  • Research opportunities can include any aspect of basic, applied, or clinical research.
  • We are accepting applications for data science-related research opportunities that can be carried out either in person, remotely, or a combination of both.
  • Supervisors must ensure that the students they're working with submit a one-page abstract of their progress towards the research findings to the DSI before the SUDS Showcase in mid-August.

Applications are submitted via the DSI Good Grants application portal.

  • Register an account and select “Start Application” for “SUDS Program Supervisors”. 
  • The application is divided into tabs; each tab includes a set of instructions and fields to fill out. These instructions are also highlighted below. 

Applicants will need to complete the following fields.

Tab 1: Start Here 

Tab 2: Applicant Information   

Enter your information as the form requested:   

  • Name   
  • Email 
  • Institution  

Tab 3: Proposal

  • Delivery (Select One) In Person/ Remote/ Hybrid 
  • Research Project (Describe the research opportunity for the student)
  • Skills (Please list the specific skills you're looking for in a SUDS student)
  • Unit Head Signature

Applications will be assessed by using the criteria outlined below:

  • The proposed research opportunity including its relevance to data sciences.
  • The training environment in which the student will carry out their research.

  • Summer studentships will be available to undergraduate students enrolled at a Canadian university/college to carry out summer research.
  • The list of SUDS opportunity descriptions will be posted on the DSI website on December 7, 2023, for student applications.

Award Value

$7,200 will be provided by the Data Sciences Institute to the supervisor for the student. Any supplement above this level may be set at the supervisor's or department's discretion. 

Award Duration

12 full weeks in the summer term, between May 1, 2024, and August 15, 2024. Start dates and end dates are agreed upon for each student and supervisor.