FAQs and Helpful Tips


  1. Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Helpful Tips


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are some examples of ROP project offerings for students?

Sample ROP Project Offerings
Anthropology (SSc) Dog-human cosleep: Does your pet improve your sleep?
Chemistry (SCI) Can we create new protein drugs that regulate a gene involved in most human cancers?
English (HUM) Staging an epic: A South Asian/Canadian retelling of the Mahabharata
Management (SSc) Well-being and recovery at work
Philosophy (HUM) Teaching students to think
Psychology (SCI) The development of children's attention, physiology, and emotions

Q: Am I able to apply for an ROP course that is not part of my program?
A: Yes, students may submit applications to ROP courses that do not correspond with their program(s). It is recommended that you speak with the Department Undergraduate Advisor to discuss your program/degree requirements and whether the ROP is the right fit.

Q: Will my application be accepted based on prerequisites only? 
A: No, students are selected based on a number of criteria such as the application, resume, cover letter, grades, completion of specific courses, how you interview, etc.  The instructor has full discretion for the selection of students into their ROP project.  Be sure to review the course prerequisites along with the specific requirements from the instructor (this can be found in the project descriptions) prior to submitting your application.

Q: How can I increase my chances of getting one of the positions?
A: Fill out your online application carefully and include a CV/resume. It is also recommended that students speak to the instructor between now and the application deadline to find out more about the research project, ask questions, and inquire about what the faculty instructor is looking for in a suitable candidate.

Q: How many projects can I apply for?
A: We ask you to limit your applications to a maximum of FIVE (5). Please remember, however, that you can only accept ONE (1) invitation per semester.

Q: Can I take more than one ROP course?
A: Students may accept more than one 299, 399, or 499 courses in any discipline over their academic career. However, remember that only one ROP can be accepted per semester.

Q: Do I need to submit a cover letter and resume/CV? 
A: Yes, all students are required to submit a cover letter and resume when applying to the various ROP projects. Get tips on how to write an effective cover letter and resume by visiting the Career Centre

Q: What do I include under "Qualifications" and "Interests" in the online application form? Can I just copy and paste these sections from my resume?
A: The "Qualifications" and "Interests" sections in the online application form are a way for you to express in more detail what would set you apart from other candidates/applicants.  Your resume is a concise tool for providing the reviewer (i.e. Instructor) with an idea of what your experience is, but is not a method for you to go into further detail.  These sections provide you with that opportunity.

Q: Do the Summer ROP courses only run for one month? 
A: No, the Summer ROP courses take place during the entire Summer session from May-August.  Additionally, year-long courses run the entire span of the Fall/Winter session from September-April.

Q: Does the 299/399/499 course count for degree credit?

Q: Can it count toward a program?

Q: Can it count for a distribution requirement?
A: Arrange to meet with an Undergraduate Advisor in your respective program to go over your program/degree requirements to ensure that the ROP is the right fit and meets all of the necessary program and degree requirements.

Q: Is there a cost associated with the ROP? 
A: Yes, the course fee for the ROP is the standard half- or full-year course rate. 

Q: How long does the process take?
A: The deadline for submission of applications through the ROPAPP is determined annually, be sure to check the ROP Timetable in advance. Instructors will have two to three weeks to choose who they want for their projects. They might do this by interviews or phone calls as it is up to each instructor to choose as they see fit.

Q: How will I know if I am officially accepted?
A: The instructor will issue an offer to participate in their course.  This will come via email with the approved online application signed by the instructor with the terms of the contract having been included.  You will be required to sign the contract by entering an alpha-based code which will serve as your electronic signature.  The signed contract will go back to the Department Chair for signature.

Q: How do I register?
A: Approved students will be automatically registered in their ROP course during the normal registration periods for the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Fall/Winter by the ELO & ROP Coordinator.

Q: What are the dates to drop my ROP course? I can't drop it in ACORN. How can I remove the course from my record?
A: The dates to drop are the standard dates set by the Office of the Registrar for all courses.  Students cannot remove ROP courses on their own. Instead, they are required to write to the ELO & ROP Coordinator requesting to be removed from their ROP course with an explanation. Students are required to copy their ROP supervisor/instructor on this message as well. 

Q: I'm graduating in June, can I still register in the ROP? 
A: Non-degree, visiting students, and exchange students from partner institutions may also be eligible to participate in the ROP with approval from the Experiential Education Unit, Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean.

Q: I am not a registered student at the University of Toronto, can I apply?
A: Non-degree, visiting students, and exchange students from partner institutions may also be eligible to participate in the ROP with approval from the Experiential Education Unit, Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean.

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Helpful Tips

  • Participation in the Research Opportunity Program is voluntary and students will not be paid for their participation.
  • There is a course fee for the ROP which is the standard fee for a half or full-year course.
  • Students are required to submit a cover letter and resume with their application(s).
  • There is no final exam in this course. However, for most courses, students are expected to keep a journal to record meetings, progress of the project and what was learned.
  • Students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisor and can be evaluated in other ways deemed suitable by their supervisor.
  • Departments participating in this program will have a "_99H" or “_99Y” designation after their department code for this course (i.e. CHM299Y; BIO399H).
  • Students will be notified via email regarding the status of their submitted applications.
  • Students will not be permitted to accept more than one ROP course per academic session.
  • The Experiential Education Unit will register successful students in their ROP course during the normal registration period for the Summer, Fall, Winter and Fall/Winter.
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