Students and teachers

OICR offers educational outreach programs focusing on high school students and undergraduate students as well as educational training opportunities for graduate students.

High school opportunities:

OICR’s high school outreach programs engage youth and connect OICR scientists with high school students and teachers throughout Ontario to generate excitement and interest in science and cancer research. These programs help teachers enrich the school curriculum by providing students the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a cancer researcher and help to foster the next generation of cancer researchers in Ontario.

Gene Researcher for a Week

OICR participates in the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation ‘Gene Researcher for a Week’ program. This program fosters the growth of the next generation of genetic clinician-scientists throughout high schools in Canada.

Highly motivated and ambitious students from grades 11 and 12 are selected and placed in labs of scientists for one week over spring break. This experience gives young students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work alongside cancer research scientists.

Check the ‘Gene Researcher for a Week’ website for more information on deadlines and how to apply.

High school visits to OICR

OICR offers a limited number of school visits throughout the school year. These visits help to expand student awareness and understanding of cancer research work and career options and encourage youth to develop their academic and career interests in cancer research.

To find out about high school tour availability or for more information, please send an email to ann.meyer@oicr.on.ca.

Other opportunities

OICR is always looking for opportunities to engage with students. If you are organizing an educational event and would like someone from OICR to participate, please contact ann.meyer@oicr.on.ca.


Undergraduate opportunities:

OICR’s undergraduate engagement programs provide opportunities for university and college students throughout Ontario to develop an understanding of cancer research and careers. We hope to broaden student awareness of cancer research and career options, and to encourage undergraduates to develop their academic and career interests in cancer research.

Co-op placements and internships

OICR offers co-operative education and internship opportunities throughout the academic calendar year. Opportunities are coordinated and posted through various university and college work placement offices. Postings and the application process follow the university term schedule, and typically begin four months before the anticipated start date.

OICR currently coordinates with McMaster University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and Ryerson University.

Undergraduate visits to OICR

OICR offers a limited number of undergraduate visits throughout the Fall and Winter. These visits help to expand student awareness and understanding of cancer research and career options, and to encourage undergraduates to develop their academic and career interests in cancer research.

Check back soon for a registration link for our upcoming tours.

Other opportunities

OICR is always looking for opportunities to engage with students. If you are organizing an educational event and would like someone from OICR to participate, please contact ann.meyer@oicr.on.ca.


Graduate opportunities:

OICR offers graduate student placements through the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies. For more information on graduate programs at the University of Toronto, visit https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca.