Budding Scholars

Apply to be a 2016-17 Budding Scholar

Are you a first or second year student in the Department of Psychology with a passion for neuroscience, psychology or mental health studies? If so, the Budding Scholars Program wants you!
Our program offers mentorship and research opportunities for promising students who aspire to become professionals in the field of psychology and neuroscience. The goals of the program are to enable students to explore the various facets of psychology and neuroscience, to build their professional network with scholars in the field (including faculty, graduate and senior students), and ultimately, to spark a career as a young scientist. As a Budding Scholar, you will have the opportunity to engage in the scientific community here at UTSC by being invited to participate in activities such as:

  1. Departmental “mingles” which are informal social gatherings of faculty, staff, psychology graduate students, and executive members of the PNDA.
  2. Guest lectures on topics of interest geared to junior students, such as career talks and research talks.
  3. Mentored research opportunities in various labs on campus.

Budding Scholar Application Process

Deadline: Monday March 20th, 2017

The following are the requirements needed to be a part of the Budding Scholars program:

  1. Minimum grade of 85% in PSYA01 and/or PSYA02
  2. A first or second year student at UTSC
  3. Completed application form

2017 Research Opportunity for Existing Budding Scholars

Deadline: Wednesday March 1st, 2017

This research extension award is open to Budding Scholars in second or third year who are interested in gaining hands on research experience. Students will work under the close supervision of a Psychology or Neuroscience faculty member over the Summer 2017 or Fall 2017 semester. Students will explore a research topic of interest and be actively involved in data collection and data analysis. The project may or may not culminate in a formal written report. The value of this award is $1,500 (for each successful student and faculty member). Students will be selected based on academic performance and the learning potential associated with the proposed project.

Deadline to apply: March 1st, 2017

Results announced no later than March 31st, 2017

Application Process

  • Complete the application form
  • Append a 1 page research proposal outlining the goals and paradigms of the project (student may complete this on their own or together with proposed supervisor)
  • Unofficial transcripts

Email complete application to: hdomloge@utsc.utoronto.ca


*Research Extension Award Winners


2016-17 Budding Scholars:

Charles Badlis Thaneya Kuganesan Sunny Raval
Gina D'Souza Matthew McShane Umed Saleem
Shadini Dematagoda Vithushaan Mohandas Namita Sharma
Maria Jennifer Estrella Regina Nicoll Maryam Sorkhou
Samuel Haile Imama Noor Tselot Tessema
Sanjayen Jeyakumaran Christina Pereira Shanthos Thirunavukkarasu
Saira Khan Nayaab Punjani Madeleine Weichel
  Gul-e Rana  

2015-16 Budding Scholars:

Sauliha Alli Oleksandra Kaskun Rajan Shah
Denada Alushaj Ming Ma Arunan Srikanthanathan
Gajathree Ananthathurai Thusha Mathikcantan Meeraa Srikaran
Thaneson Balachandran Siddiq Mirza Sujitha Srinathan
Laura Colucci Radhika Patel Raza Syed
Muhammad Farooq Shameelah Patel Susannah Megan Tran
Preet Gujral Maria Raveendran Maliha Zaman
Abhay Issar Olivia Rennie Hanna Zhang
  Janannii Selvanathan  


2014-15 Budding Scholars:

Sarah Ahmed* Letebrhan Ferrow Amina Shabeen
Maliha Asad Andrew Iskander Sujeevini Sujanthan
Insiya Bhalloo Abiraa Karalasingam Sahir Tirmizi
Cynthia Boksh Nardin Kirolos Emmanuel Tse*
Harsimar Brar Newman Leung Sohanthen Udayashankar
Emily Hong-Wing Chan Shailja Modi Shruti Vellanki
Rishawn Dhir* Shayna Pascal-Webb Yimin Xie*
Deepika Elango* Olivia Rennie Mounizha Zainullah
  Myriam Robert  


2013-14 Budding Scholars:

Pratyasha Agrawal Zohal Kerami Dominic Samaroo
Anum Ahmed Bishoy Lawendy Garima Shah*
Delaram Farzanfar Yejin Lee Swara Shah
Christina Gizzo Meera Mahendiran Abdulwahab Sidiqi
Hilda Ho Maria Mariadasan Serena Soleimani
Dharini Ilangomaran Laura Ortiz Abanti Tagore
  Candice Richardson