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2024 Ward Summer Research Student - Melanie Penner 

Category Research  
Req Number RES-23-00040  
Open Date 12/11/2023  
Number of Openings 1  
Department Bloorview Research Institute 

Work type Temporary Full-Time 

Grade None Specified 

FTE 1.00 

Posting Close Date 02/19/2024 


Bloorview Research Institute

2024 Ward Summer Student Research Program



Title: Ward Summer Research Student

Status: Temporary Full Time (1.00 FTE)

Compensation: $16.55/hr

Start Date: May 6, 2024

End Date: July 26, 2024

Lab: Autism Research Centre

Supervisor: Melanie Penner

Program: Bloorview Research Institute



The Ward Summer Student Research program provides an opportunity to experience a unique interdisciplinary mentorship experience. Successful incumbents will have opportunities to work with their mentor on a research project, attend our Lunch ‘n’ Learns and participate in the annual Ward Summer Student Research Day where they will have an opportunity to present their findings to the organization and its visitors.

The student will be a member of the Autism Research Centre - an interdisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians focused on children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While there will be the opportunity to work on a few different projects over the summer term, the student will specifically assist with the analysis of research and formulation of knowledge translation materials and aiding in dissemination of research results. The student may also have the opportunity to observe ASD diagnostic assessments and will gain practical experience in working with children and youth with ASD as well as developing a repertoire of clinical research skills.

The Bloorview Research Institute is pleased to launch SOAR (Sparking student Opportunities for Advancing inclusive childhood disability Research) in partnership with the Community of Support-Research Application Support Initiative (COS-RASI). SOAR aims to provide students experiencing structural disadvantages based on their identities, socioeconomic backgrounds and lived experience with research and mentorship opportunities as part of the Ward Family Summer Student Research Program. Eligible students include but are not limited to those who identify as Indigenous, Black, Filipino, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or identify as having a disability. Applications for SOAR positions are submitted separately. Please click here for more details on how to apply.


Compensation Details

The program runs for 12 weeks from May 6, 2024 – July 26, 2024. Students will be paid $16.55 per hour based on a 37.5 hour week (full-time), less statutory deductions, including 4% in lieu of vacation and relevant statutory holiday pay. Students will be paid biweekly through payroll.


Key Responsibilities

  • Data gathering, entry, analysis and report writing
  • General administrative and clerical functions to support projects
  • Knowledge translation for advocacy and policy recommendations
  • Additional duties assigned as required



  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program with minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher in last two years of study (Required) 
  • Able to utilize skills learned in academic studies in this position
  • Able to communicate effectively with staff and clients
  • Demonstrated understanding of a Family-Centered Care service delivery model
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrates ability to work as part of a team and be a team player
  • Shows accuracy and attention to detail
  • Able to organize work to ensure deadlines are met and follow-up is complete
  • Has working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Excel
  • Applies data management skills and principles



Please submit the following in one (1) pdf file in the order indicated below:

  1. A copy of your most recent curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. A copy of your most recent unofficial university transcript
  3. A list of two referees (recent professors, previous employers) who may be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation in the event you are shortlisted for the position. Please include the full name of referee, title/position, name of institution, institutional email address and phone number

Any applications missing this information will not be accepted.

About the Organization Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth with disabilities, medical complexity, illness and injury. All of our work is guided by our strategic plan, Transformative Care, Inclusive World: Holland Bloorview 2030. The plan:

To get a glimpse as to who Holland Bloorview is, we invite you to watch the Dear Everybody, This is Holland Bloorview video. Video:

Holland Bloorview is committed to fostering a climate of inclusion, diversity, equity accessibility, and anti-racism (IDEAA). This commitment is central to, and mutually supportive of, our research excellence mandate. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community and we seek to create an inclusive culture for our clients, families, research scientists, staff, participants, trainees, volunteers, trustees, and partners. To help in our journey towards fully reflecting the communities we partner with, we welcome and encourage applications from Black individuals and other racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI2SA+ persons, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas within our community. Holland Bloorview is committed to fair assessment of a candidate's abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience, including non-traditional career paths.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting or 416-425-6220.  

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