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University to host summer school for Canada’s best and brightest

UToday HomeMarch 20, 2013

Neuroscience student and Shad Valley alumnus Bruce Gao speaks at the re-launch of the Shad Valley program at the University of Calgary, as Michael Mappin, Elizabeth Cannon and Barry Bisson listen. Photo by Riley BrandtNeuroscience student and Shad Valley alumnus Bruce Gao speaks at the re-launch of the Shad Valley program at the University of Calgary, as Michael Mappin, Elizabeth Cannon and Barry Bisson listen. Photo by Riley BrandtPresident Elizabeth Cannon yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a Shad Valley International summer program for 48 talented young scholars at the University of Calgary this July.

The Shad Valley program is a four-week residential program for high school students – who are planning on advancing to university – which is hosted by 11 of Canada’s top universities. It is designed to challenge and motivate high-achieving youth to use their talents to address important global problems, while giving them skills to make a strong contribution to Canada’s economic and social vitality.

President Cannon joined Shad Valley International president Barry Bisson to launch the program at the University of Calgary, where all participating students will be from outside the Calgary area.

Shad Valley President Barry Bisson and University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon sign a memorandum of understanding on March 19, 2013. Photo by Riley BrandtShad Valley President Barry Bisson and University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon sign a memorandum of understanding on March 19, 2013. Photo by Riley Brandt
Michael Mappin is co-chair of the University of Calgary Shad Valley organizing committee. Photo by Riley BrandtMichael Mappin is co-chair of the University of Calgary Shad Valley organizing committee. Photo by Riley Brandt
“Hosting the Shad Valley program is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate our innovative teaching and learning environment to some of Canada’s best and brightest, who we hope will become our future students,” says Cannon. “It also allows us to showcase the enterprising city of Calgary and its surrounding area as a great place to live, study and work.”

Bisson said that establishing a presence in Alberta allows both two institutions to build the innovative and entrepreneurial capacity of the province. “It is crucial that we come together with the University of Calgary and endeavor to foster youth to contribute to the strength of the province and the nation in its entirety,” he says.

This partnership is the second in western Canada in the past six months, joining the launch of the Shad Valley University of Saskatchewan program announced in the fall of 2012. This is actually a re-launch at our university, as the Shad Valley program has previously been offered at the University of Calgary.

Acceptance into the program is a highly competitive, application-based process, which aims to find bright young minds and offer them a transformational experience in science, technology and entrepreneurship.

The program involves lectures, labs and workshops, as well as social and recreation activities to enhance students’ knowledge and build skills. They also have the opportunity to invent a new product or expand on an existing one as members of teams working on an entrepreneurship project.

If you have questions about the University of Calgary Shad Valley program, contact program manager Victoria Reid.

For more information on application intake dates, please visit www.shad.ca/apply

 

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