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Northrop Frye Summer Research Experience

The 2024 competition is open.

Scholarship value: $5,700
Duration: Four months (May to August)
Deadline: Monday, February 26, 2024

First awarded in 2001, the Northrop Frye Summer Research Experience Scholarship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology enables an outstanding student who has recently completed BIO120H to spend four months (May to August) in the lab of a faculty member, assisting with a project.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have completed BIO120H (St. George campus).
  • Priority will be given to students who completed BIO120 in the previous Fall session.
  • You must obtain an average of at least 85% in the university courses you are presently taking or have taken (e.g., if you are taking five courses this year, you estimate that your average among these courses will be at least 85%).

How to Apply

Complete the online application form no later than Monday, February, 26, 2024.

If you have any questions, please email with “Northrop Frye Summer Research Experience Scholarship” in the subject line.

2024 Project Description

Supervisor: Celina Baines

The Baines lab researches the movement of animals across space (dispersal). We use invertebrates including aphids, backswimmers, and springtails as model organisms to understand how animals move across long distances, what environmental factors drive animals to disperse, and the consequences of dispersal for populations and communities. The student will get to take part in various projects led by graduate students, including studying the impacts of a bacterial mutualist on dispersal traits in aphids. This will include work in the lab in the Earth Science Centre and the field at the Koffler Scientific Reserve. The student will learn how to maintain invertebrate colonies and how to culture bacteria. The student will also have the opportunity to learn how to design and conduct lab/field experiments, as well as data curation and analysis skills. The successful student will be required to take Biosafety training through EHS and to attend Baines lab meetings and training sessions.

Photo by Nicholas Ypelaar