Co-op Programme

Information for students

By joining the Medical Physics undergraduate co-op option, you will have a chance to apply what you have learned in your courses by working on a current and topical project in medical physics or a related field. The experience you gain through your co-op work terms will allow you to:

  • Get to know an actual medical physicist or a researcher working in a related field. And if you do good work, this person will be able to act as a reference for graduate school or future job applications.

  • Understand and see for yourself the importance and relevance of the material you have been learning so far. This will also increase your own personal motivation and will give meaning to what you learn in class.

The co-op option requires that you complete 4-5 paid work terms. For additional information about the Medical Physics co-op programme

Information for prospective supervisors

Ryerson University's Physics Department offers two different opportunities for supervision of undergraduate students in Medical Physics programme: the 4th year undergraduate thesis projects and the co-op work terms.

Co-op work terms

We are currently looking for co-op supervisors for:

  • Seven (7) Medical Physics 2nd year undergraduate co-op students for this Summer 2014 for a minimum of 12 weeks, up to 16 weeks (one work term).

  • Four (4) Medical Physics 3rd year undergraduate co-op students starting this Summer 2014 for a minimum of 12 weeks but for up to 16 months (one to four, 4-month, consecutive work terms).

Student's typical availability:
Full-time for 4, 8, 12 or 16 months (depends on the work term)

Student's salary (suggested salary is $13/h-$20/h) plus the cost of conducting research (your consumables). Note that NSERC USRAs and other paid summer RA programmes are eligible as work terms.

Upon completion of the work term, the student will be expected to produce a Work Term Report detailing the nature of the work, their duties, their role in the organization, and the concepts learned during the work term. A Confidential Work Term report may be sought if the completed work demands confidentiality to protect proprietary information. The employer will be expected to approve their Work Term Report and to complete an Employer Evaluation Form for each student to assess their work performance. Students in the co-op programme seeking work terms will have completed either their 2nd year, or part or all of their 3rd year.

Time to propose project:
There are work terms beginning in September, January and May and the position should ideally be advertised on the co-op website 3-4 months ahead of the start date. You can submit your project through the co-op website or you can contact me to enquire about our co-op students currently available for work terms.

More information:
The co-op website has information about the Medical Physics co-op programme, typical wages, Ontario tax incentives for coop employers, work-term schedules, etc. For additional information, please contact Dr. Raffi Karshafian.

The 4th year undergraduate thesis project

Student's availability:
10h/week for 24 weeks between September and April

The cost of conducting research only (student receives no salary)

As part of his/her 4th year thesis project, the student will be expected to produce four milestone documents: Abstract, Introduction plus Materials and Methods, a final Thesis document, and a scientific poster. These documents are produced as part of the student's 10h/week workload, not in addition to it. The supervisor is responsible for reviewing and marking these intermediate documents in a timely manner and returning them to the faculty advisor of the 4th year thesis course. The supervisor is invited, but not required, to participate in the final poster presentation event held in April.

Time to propose project:
Projects should be sent to Dr. Raffi Karshafian during the first two weeks of August.

More information:
Please contact Dr. Raffi Karshafian.