Why and how were specific identities prioritized in the selection process?

The Canada SROP was launched as an anti-racist initiative to support budding BIPOC researchers, with a focus on countering anti-Black racism and anti-Indigenous racism. Indigenous students were given the highest priority. Our funding structure required at least two spots to be filled by Indigenous applicants, because those spots were funded by the Faculty of ArtsContinue reading “Why and how were specific identities prioritized in the selection process?”

How many applications were received?

We received 256 applications. We are so grateful for the interest in the program, but we also find it to be sobering. We wish we could have provided more than 15 fully funded positions this year. However, this response to the Canada SROP will provide a solid justification for us to expand to multiple UniversitiesContinue reading “How many applications were received?”

How were applications evaluated?

We received 256 applications. We used a 4-step process to review applications: Eligibility Screening: An initial screening used the self-reported demographics and undergrad transcripts to ensure eligibility. 242 students passed the initial screening and were determined to be eligible for the program. All students who passed the initial screening will be given access to onlineContinue reading “How were applications evaluated?”

What is the Asynchronous Program?

BIPOC students who applied to the Canada SROP but were not selected for the full program were invited to join the “Canada SROP Asynchronous Program.” The Asynchronous Program will effectively be a “members only” section of the Canada SROP Website. Every Friday from the weeks of June 7 – July 30, students in the AsynchronousContinue reading “What is the Asynchronous Program?”

How did you decide on the nomination-lottery approach?

Please see our FAQ post that describes our selection process and the nomination-lottery process we used, in detail. We consulted with a number of groups about the selection process. The key question we had in mind was, “How can we be unbiased when the traditional metrics are biased?” We sought to approach fairness as muchContinue reading “How did you decide on the nomination-lottery approach?”

When is the deadline for Recommendation Letters to be submitted?

Recommendation letters should be submitted by 11:59 PST on Friday, February 26, 2021. Recommendation letters can be submitted at this Letter of Recommendation Submission page. Please note that deadline for students to apply to the program is February 15.

May I be enrolled in classes, holding a job, or volunteering at the same time?

Unfortunately, no. The Canada SROP is a 40-hour/week commitment for the 8 weeks of June 7 to July 30, 2021. Therefore, students enrolled in the Canada SROP cannot have another school, work, or volunteer commitment for the 8 weeks of the programme. To provide for living expenses during the Canada SROP, students selected for theContinue reading “May I be enrolled in classes, holding a job, or volunteering at the same time?”

How will the “remotely operated” programme in Summer 2021 work?

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Canada SROP will be operated remotely in Summer 2021. This means that SROP Students will be residing in their current living situation (e.g., at their homes). SROP Students will need to have Internet access for the duration of the programme, and we are providing a $200 “remote work supplement”Continue reading “How will the “remotely operated” programme in Summer 2021 work?”

Am I eligible if I am not enroled in a 4-year degree programme?

During the Canada SROP (June 8 – July 30), you must be enroled in a degree programme that will make you eligible to apply to graduate school at the University of Toronto (UofT) upon completion. International students are welcome to apply to the Canada SROP. We want to be globally inclusive of the different structuresContinue reading “Am I eligible if I am not enroled in a 4-year degree programme?”

Am I eligible if I already graduated?

To be eligible for the Canada SROP, you must be currently enrolled at a university and/or graduated in the 2020 – 2021 Academic Year. In other words, students who are graduating this academic year are eligible for Canada SROP. If you received a bachelors degree (i.e., you graduated) on or before the start of theContinue reading “Am I eligible if I already graduated?”

Advice for Recommenders

The deadline for letters of recommendation is Friday, February 26 at 11:59 PM PST. Thank you so much for agreeing to write a recommendation letter to support a student interested in our programme, the Canada SROP! You were asked for this letter because you have played an important role in this student’s life as aContinue reading “Advice for Recommenders”

Would you please provide instructions for writing the personal statement?

The SROP takes an anti-racist approach to supporting BIPOC excellence. To us, this means creating a workplace culture where people are centred, among other things. Therefore, we want to know about you. This is what we hope to learn through the Personal Statement. Example Content Generally, we want to know the answer to 4 questions:Continue reading “Would you please provide instructions for writing the personal statement?”

Would you please provide instructions for writing the research statement?

The goal of the SROP is to support your path to graduate school in Psychology, Management, or Neuroscience. In graduate school, you will need to have a research focus. While you do not need to know that focus precisely now, the SROP is designed for students who are considering a research career. So, if youContinue reading “Would you please provide instructions for writing the research statement?”

Can you provide a template email for requesting a letter of recommendation?

It is very common to feel anxious about or unsure of how to approach someone to ask for a letter of recommendation. That being said, many letter writers are honoured to be asked. They will likely be proud to see you looking to get involved in the SROP. You need to submit contact information forContinue reading “Can you provide a template email for requesting a letter of recommendation?”

What is supposed to go in the “Notes on Transcript” item in the application?

We will use your academic transcript for two purposes during the application review process: Ensure that you will have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate education by the start of the SROP Review your academic performance Please use the “Notes on Transcript” item on the Application to tell us anything you want us toContinue reading “What is supposed to go in the “Notes on Transcript” item in the application?”

Whom should I ask for letters of recommendation?

The SROP application requires two letters of recommendation. We ask for recommendation letters from 2 people who have served in any role (e.g., professors, mentors, collaborators, community leaders, supervisor, employer) who can speak to the following four things: Your character and their experiences with you Your aptitude and skills for academics and research What theyContinue reading “Whom should I ask for letters of recommendation?”

Would you give more detail about the eligibility requirement of 16 semester-long courses?

The SROP requires that the equivalent of 16 semester-long university courses be completed by the start of the Summer 2021 SROP. The SROP is targeting students who are going into their third or fourth years of university or are graduating this year. If a student took an average of 4 courses per semester for 4Continue reading “Would you give more detail about the eligibility requirement of 16 semester-long courses?”