University of Toronto Summer Psychology Research Initiative (SPRINT)

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The University of Toronto Summer Psychology Research Initiative (SPRINT) is a summer program for upper year high school students to learn about a broad range of psychology topics and gain research experience. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with graduate student mentors who can provide feedback on research proposals and advice overall for studying/working in psychology. 

UofT SPRINT is an intensive 10-day program between July 19, 2021 and July 30, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UofT SPRINT will be taking place fully online to ensure the safety of all participants. UofT SPRINT is free for all interested students—however, please be mindful of the time commitment of the program. A tentative schedule for the program can be found below.

Registration for UofT SPRINT is now open at: https://forms.gle/So5N3qzgwFGi7BsYA

For any questions or comments about the program, please contact uoftpsycomm@gmail.com

 

 

Session Day Date Morning (10-12 AM) Afternoon (1-3 PM)
Day 1 M July 19, 2021

Social
Getting to know the attendees & mentors  

Lecture
Introduction to Psychology:
Brief intros to all upcoming research area topics  

Tutorial
How to read and think critically about empirical research: Identifying the gap

Research Meeting
Meeting the research teams

In-Class Assignment
Complete reflection

Day 2 T July 20, 2021

Lecture 
Cognitive Neuroscience 

Lecture 
Sensation & Perception

Tutorial
How to find research papers online

Research Meeting
Discuss research areas of interest 

In-Class Assignment 
Identify areas of interest & relevant papers 

Day 3 W July 21, 2021

Lecture 
Social Psychology

Lecture 
Methods in psychology

Tutorial 
Conducting a behavioural study (Methods)

Research Meeting
Select research question

In-Class Assignment 
Identifying theoretical research question & way to test it 

Day 4 R July 22, 2021

Lecture 
Physiological Psychology & Neuroscience

Lecture
Introduction to statistics

Tutorial 
Running statistics

Research Meeting
Discussing methodology part I

In-Class Assignment 
Identify dependent and independent variables

Day 5 F July 23, 2021

Lecture 
Animal Behaviour

Lecture 
Writing in Psychology

Tutorial
Write an abstract

Research Meeting
Discussing methodology part II

In-Class Assignment 
Select method and statistical tests & writing allocation

Day 6 M July 26, 2021

Lecture 
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology

Lecture 
Developmental Psychology

Lecture 
Experiment Coding

Tutorial
Coding an experiment

Research Meeting
Finishing up the paper proposal and beginning to organize presentation

In-Class Assignment 
Select method and statistical tests

Day 7 T July 27, 2021

Panel 
Careers in Psychology - What can I do with a major in Psychology?

Panel 
Undergrad Panel: The Psychology Program at UofT

Tutorial
Applying to the psychology program at UofT

Research Meeting
Final Proposal Feedback from mentor, and submission Part I 

In-Class Assignment 
Implement feedback responses 

Social  
Meet the Panelists

Day 8 W July 28, 2021

Data Blitz
Advanced topics in psychology - all topics of psychology

Tutorial
A scicomm masterclass

Research Meeting
Final Proposal Feedback from mentor, and submission Part II

In-Class Assignment 
Implement feedback responses 

Social  
Meet the Presenters

Day 9 R July 29, 2021

Panel 
Diversity in Psychology: Equity, Diversity Inclusivity

Research Meeting
Final Presentation practice

In-Class Assignment 
Identifying areas for improvement 

Social  
Meet the Panelists 

Day 10 F July 30, 2021

Free Work Day
Wrapping up and free time to work

Evening 

Presentation Day 
Students present their projects to an audience and panel of judges

Wrap Up & Certificate Presentations