Call for Student Researchers

2021 T-CAIREM AI in Medicine Summer Student Program

T-CAIREM is committed to funding the next generation of researchers in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in medicine. Although these are unpredictable times, we are proceeding with our 2021 T-CAIREM AI in Medicine Summer Student Program. However, if the COVID-19 situation changes, the program may be subject to additional modifications or cancelled. Because of COVID health and safety concerns, please note:
• We are accepting applications for AI research projects that can be carried out either in-lab, remotely or a combination of both.
• The longitudinal seminar series and Mini-Conference will be held online.    

Important COVID 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In the event of lab shutdowns either before or during the studentship due to COVID-19, the studentship will be withdrawn unless the supervisor confirms with T-CAIREM that the student’s research project can be carried out remotely for the duration of the 10-week studentship. Supervisors will be required to return full or partial funding to T-CAIREM for projects which can't commence or be continued remotely.  This fellowship will not cover part-time projects or projects less than 10-weeks.      

Description

The goal of the program is to introduce undergraduate and medical students to AI research in health and to encourage students to pursue careers that leverage AI to make biomedical discoveries, improve clinical care and improve health outcomes. 

Ten summer studentships are available for undergraduate and medical students to carry out summer research in AI under the supervision of a T-CAIREM member. 

Students will be required to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks between May 1 and August 31, 2021. Specific start and end dates are to be arranged directly with the hiring supervisor. 

Supervisors must ensure that the students they're working with submit a one-page abstract of their research findings to the T-CAIREM Centre Administraor before the year-end 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 AI research at the time of application submission. 
• The potential supervisor must also be a registered T-CAIREM member at the time of application submission. Faculty who are new to the field of AI in health research and are not T-CAIREM members can join here
• 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, or 
• 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 Master’s or Doctoral degree program by May 2021. 

This competition is not restricted to University of Toronto students. International students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or medical degree program at any 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 for the 12-week program. T-CAIREM will provide the supervisor’s institution with $2,992.50. A minimum of $2,992.50 must be provided by the supervisor. 

Relevance to AI in Health

This funding program supports original research on the AI’s application to biomedicine that would be published in biomedical journals and conference proceedings. Research proposals can include any aspect of basic science, clinical or population research. Areas of research considered relevant to AI and health include the development of new algorithms, applying existing algorithms to new health problems, as well as work in AI ethics, governance, policy, patient engagement, implementation science and other areas. 

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by the T-CAIREM Trainee Advancement and Development Committee and evaluated on the following criteria: 
• the research project, including relevance to AI in health 
• 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 
• equity, diversity, and inclusion considerations.

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 AI in health research. The potential supervisor must also be a registered T-CAIREM member at the time of the full application submission. Co-supervision is allowed, but for funding purposes one supervisor must be designated as the primary supervisor who holds the funds. Students may also directly contact faculty members to discuss the possibility of a summer position. (T-CAIREM can provide a list of potential supervisors for students to contact directly.)

STEP 2 – Submit an Application 

After the student has found a potential supervisor, the supervisor and student jointly submit a completed application form to T-CAIREM by the deadline. Students may not submit more than one application.

Application Form 

Please submit a completed application form by the deadline. 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 application form.

 Application Deadline

By 5 pm, February 19, 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Notification 

All students and their supervisors will be notified in mid-March. Funding decisions will also be posted on this web site. 

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 75% of the longitudinal seminars and are required to give a presentation of their work at the Mini-Conference. U of T medical students should also submit their work to MSRD. Failure to comply with the program’s requirements will result in future ineligibility of both the student and supervisor for T-CAIREM's funding programs. 

• Successful applicants must acknowledge support from the “Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine, 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 T-CAIREM funding programs. 

For more information

Dr. Laura Rosella
T-CAIREM Education Lead

Zoryana Salo 
T-CAIREM Centre Administrator
Tel:  416-978-8412