Prospective Students

Dr. Adams is strongly committed to diversity within the research group and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Please note that international student positions are extremely limited in the department.

Next Deadline: Jan 2022 for Sept 2022 Admissions

Graduate Student Opportunities

Our Department offers full-funding through a guaranteed funding package for one full year of its Master's programs and the first four years of its Ph.D. programs. It also offers opportunities to supplement this funding with Graduate Expansion Funds, conference/research travel funds, and many teaching assistantship and research assistantship positions. Check out fees and funding to learn more. 

Dr. Adams is accepting motivated MSc and Ph.D. students with interests in urban pollution and exposure. Students have the opportunity to include fieldwork, analytical laboratory work, and computation in their research. 

Our focus is individuals’ exposure to air contaminants in the urban environment. Research outputs cross between the social and natural sciences, leveraging and advancing spatial analysis; while helping to understand social science problems, such as examining the relationship of human behaviour and the built environment on exposure. 

Current Research Themes

  • Children's Exposure
  • Pollution Related to Transit Development
  • Utility of Low-cost Sensors
  • Mobile Air Pollution Monitors
  • Cyclist Exposure

Graduate Program Information:

Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Research Opportunity Program:​

Course-Based Research Opportunity (Either Summer or Fall/Winter) - Email Dr. Adams if interested.

The Research Opportunity Program (ROP) gives students from second to fourth year a chance to participate in the research of a faculty member (and sometimes a community member) while earning course credit. Students in the program have the rare opportunity to become involved in hands-on, cutting-edge research, working one-on-one with the university's leading and highly qualified instructors in a range of departments. Through the ROP you will gain practical skills and knowledge that can be applied to careers or toward future graduate studies. You will use your experiences to build strong relationships with instructors, learn about exciting new developments in their research field, and explore new areas of interest.


Employment-Based Research Opportunity (Either Summer or Fall/Winter) - Email Dr. Adams if interested.

U of T's Work-Study Program provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and experience through paid work on campus. Work Study is open to domestic undergraduate and graduate degree students studying on a full-time or part-time basis (i.e., registered in at least 2.0 credits) and international undergraduate and graduate students studying on a full-time basis. International students studying on a part-time basis are NOT eligible to work on Campus - please see the Government of Canada website for rules and regulations. 

University of Toronto Excellence Award

Summer Research Award - Email Dr. Adams if interested.

The University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) program is funded by the Vice-President Research & Innovation and provides eligible undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct summer research projects under the supervision of eligible U of T faculty members.

Undergraduate Student Research Award

Summer Research Award - Email Dr. Adams if interested.

Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC), Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate undergraduate students' interest in natural sciences and engineering research. These awards are also meant to encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in any of the fields that fall under the natural sciences and engineering umbrella.

Centre for Global Change Science Undergraduate Intern Programme 

Summer Research Award -

The CGCS Summer Undergraduate Intern Programme pairs University of Toronto researchers in climate and environmental sciences with top undergraduate students interested in pursuing climate-change research. 





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