The student experience stretches beyond the classroom and the practicums. Students in the Human Biology Program at the University of Toronto are encouraged to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to opportunities in labs, in student groups, and internationally. The HMB Program does this through Service-learning (SL). SL is a form of experiential education where students participate in activities and projects within the community that focus on the needs of both the host organization and the learning goals of the student in a mutually beneficial manner. SL students are more creatively engaged in their learning and they gain a richer understanding of course material and its implications in community contexts. In short, an SL experience encourages students to apply their learning to real-life situations, and the Human Biology Program is committed to integrating SL in its programs so that students have an option to further engage in experiential learning.
Research project courses offer an amazing opportunity for students to get course credit for researching in the lab of a U of T Faculty member. For more information see out Research project Courses page. HMB students are encouraged to take at least one research project course in their undergraduate studies, and beginning with students who enter the program in Fall 2015, all students in a HMB Specialist are required to take at least one research project course for their POSt.
The Human Biology Student Union (HBSU) and the Neuroscience Association of Undergraduate Students (NAUS) are two student groups that have a strong tradition of collaborative initiatives with the Human Biology Program. These groups organize various student outreach events every year, such as student-lead conferences (e.g. 2012 NAUS conference “Everything N”) and career workshops with the HBP contributing to the planning and funding of these initiatives.
The Human Biology Program is a proud participator in the Faculty of Arts and Science Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) initiative. This initiative provides opportunities for students to network with and learn from alumni and faculty, who can provide invaluable guidance, mentorship and advice. b2B hosts panels, networking events and mentorhsip meals designed to set students on the path to a successful career that builds off of their degree.
The Namibia Internship Program is a collaborative initiative between the University of Namibia and U of T New College where students obtain service placements in hospital clinics, with NGOs, or with other organizations in various cities and communities in Namibia. Human Biology Program students participate in projects that are run by these organizations and also fulfill academic assignments that are evaluated as part of their program requirements. It is open to all qualified candidates in our programs.
The Human Biology Program also participates in a joint Equity Studies/Aboriginal Studies/First Nations House internship program with the Institute for Sustainable International Studies (ISIS), Belize. The internship focuses on issues surrounding health, equality, and food sustainability, as one example, and Human Biology students that participate get a chance to interact with scholars from ISIS and members of the local communities to learn first-hand about these issues. Students are expected to formally evaluate their experience through various projects and reflective writing assignments, including organizing a student led conference in the subsequent term to present their findings to their peers.