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Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer Program

Submitted by mclean1 on Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:38pm

Experience research outside the classroom

The University of Calgary is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) Program.

The HYRS program is designed for motivated Grade 11 students in Alberta high schools to gain first-hand experience with biomedical and health research, and to introduce them to career opportunities in research. HYRS is not just a laboratory work experience – it is a well-rounded program focused on Grade 11 students. Students will work in a University lab doing cutting-edge research, and participants will meet at least once a week for a variety of activities to broaden and enhance their research experience. Activities include safety and introductory training sessions, tours of campus and other research facilities, lectures on health research, and discussions with guest speakers about their careers in research.

Value and Term

Eligibility

Students will receive a stipend of $2,500 for 6 weeks, from July 6th to August 17th, 2017.

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

Currently registered in grade 11 at an Alberta high school located in or south of Red Deer to north of, but not including, Claresholm. Students in or south of Claresholm should apply to the University of Lethbridge. Students north of Red Deer should apply to the University of Alberta.

A clear interest in pursuing a health research career;

A minimum of 85% standing in each of Math-20-1 or 20-2, Biology 20, and one other grade 11 science (transcripts or interim reports are required)

A maximum of 2 students per high school will be selected for the Alberta Innovaites Heritage Youth Researcher Summer program.

 

Alberta Innovates

Application Checklist

      • Read all sections of this page

      • Arrange for two teachers (two science teachers, or one science and one math teacher) and one community member to provide references

      • Review and complete all sections of the application form   

      • Application deadline is Monday, March 20, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. MT

IMPORTANT NOTE: The application deadline is March 20, 2017 for all components of the application - including Teacher and Community references. As such, we STRONGLY recommend students submit their portion of the application 1 - 2 weeks in advance of the deadline to ensure their teacher and community references have sufficient time to complete their portion of the application by the posted deadline.

Please direct questions or feedback about the application process to Marissa Montgomery in the Research Services Office at rsotrainee@ucalgary.ca or 403.220.4495.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted via the online application form.

The 2017 HYRS Application has now closed

You cannot save the form, so you are encouraged to review the entire application before you begin. It is recommended that you type your written responses in a word processor offline, then copy the text into the form. The application requires that you:

  • Write an essay demonstrating your interest in biomedical and health research
  • Upload a scanned copy of your most recent report card, stamped by the high school office
    • NOTE: Please ensure your uploaded transcript includes all of the necessary grades to confirm you meet the minimum eligibility criteria for HYRS. In the event your upload does not include all necessary grades (ie. Bio 20, Math 20-1 or 20-1 and Chemistry 20 or Physics 20) your application will be marked incomplete and will not be forwarded for adjudication.
  • Obtain references from two science teachers (or one science and one math teacher) and one community reference (an adult who is not a relative and is from outside your school).

Important information regarding references:

The application form requires that you provide the names and email addresses of individuals who will provide references to support your application. When you submit your application, those individuals will be sent an email with the details of your application and a link to the appropriate reference form. However, we cannot guarantee that the email will be received – therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that the reference forms are submitted before the deadline.

Before you submit your application, please ensure that the individuals you list as references have in fact agreed to provide a reference. Please also ensure that your selected references identify you by the preferred name provided in your application, this helps to ensure the reference is appropriately matched to your application. References that cannot be matched to an application will not be considered, and incomplete applications will not be eligible for adjudication.  

IMPORTANT: The application deadline is March 20, 2017 for all components of the application - including Teacher and Community references. As such, we STRONGLY recommend students submit their portion of the application 1 - 2 weeks in advance of the deadline to ensure their teacher and community references have sufficient time to complete their portion of the application.

Please review your application carefully and ensure that you have met all requirements before submitting. Each candidate may submit only one application. 

**Deadline to submit application and references is 11:59 p.m. MT, Monday, March 20, 2017**

Review Process

The selection committee is composed of two high school teachers and two University of Calgary scientists. Each application is reviewed independently by the committee members. Based on these reviews, all of the Alberta Innovates HYRS proposals are ranked and then adjudicated in a committee selection meeting. Decisions of the committee are final and cannot be appealed.

Decision

Results of the Alberta Innovates HYRS competition will be available approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the close of the competition. Candidates will be informed by email regarding the outcome of their submission. Successful applicants will be required to formally indicate their acceptance of the award.

Due to the variety of health research conducted on campus, successful students will be placed in a lab setting depending on the nature of the research their mentor is involved in; this could mean they will be involved in a wet lab (typically benchtop-experiment based) or a dry lab (typically computer-assisted analysis). All placements will be made at the discretion of the university and are final.

Terms and Conditions

Value and tenure of award

Studentships will be for 6 weeks, from July 6th to August 17th, 2017. Students must make a full-time commitment to their research during the period of the Alberta Innovates HYRS award.

The awards are in the amount of $2,500 in the form of a stipend. Additional costs, including health benefits, travel, and accommodation, are the responsibility of the student.

Students residing outside of Calgary (but within the specified region of Alberta) may be eligible to stay in residence at the University of Calgary, which will be coordinated by University of Calgary staff.

Applications and offers of award

HYRS applications must be written by the student.

The University reserves the right to confirm, through independent means, representations of authorship or credentials.

In the event of material deviations in the submitted information, the University reserves the right to disqualify any applicant from the competition.

Students offered an Alberta Innovates HYRS award will be required to accept or decline the offer by a date specified in the notification of the offer, with written approval of a parent or legal guardian. Students who decline the award may claim credit for the award on their curriculum vitae, noting that the award was declined.

Only two students per high school will be offered an Alberta Innovates HYRS award.

 

Communications

All publications, including public messages, arising from research supported by AIHS grants or awards must acknowledge the support of AIHS. Please go to http://www.aihealthsolutions.ca/about-us/acknowledging-aihs-support/ for downloadable logos.

AIHS reserves the right to publish and/or disseminate information regarding its grants and awards.

Responsibilities of the Alberta Innovates HYRS Student

Alberta Innovates HYRS students are to conduct their research in a safe and ethical manner under the guidance of their mentors. During the period of the award they are to maintain regular working hours. In no case should HYRS students work more than an average of 35 hours per week. Timesheets will be collected from all students to ensure adherence to this guideline.

HYRS students are expected to follow the procedures and rules of the research environment in which they conduct their research, including all policies governing research at the University of Calgary.

Students are required to attend all HYRS-related events, such as guest lectures, facility tours, Teacher’s Day, and the Open House.

Final Report

Students will be required to submit a final report to the University of Calgary Research Services Office upon completion of the award.

Students will also be required to give a presentation about their HYRS experiences to their high school science class.

Additional information will be provided to successful applicants.

2016 Recipients

In April 2016 the University of Calgary received 166 applications for Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) awards.

The University is pleased to announce the names of the 22 successful candidates:

Student Name:

Student High School:

HYRS Mentor:

Mentor Faculty:

Aaron Howe

Banff Community High School

Dr. Quan Long Cumming School of Medicine
Alina Arvisais Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy Canmore, Alberta Dr. Walter Herzog Kinesiology
Andrew Thompson Rundle College Jr. Sr. High School Dr. Tanvir Turin Chowdhury Cumming School of Medicine
Aneri Patel Crescent Heights High School Dr. Susan Graham Arts
Anya Siddons Bishop Carroll High School Dr. Carolyn Emery Kinesiology
Ariadna Rolo Codorniu Notre Dame High School Dr. Jun Yan Cumming School of Medicine
Ayman Shahriar John G. Diefenbaker High School Dr. Tao Dong Veterinary Medicine
Brian Pham Bishop McNally High School Dr. Roberto Sotero Diaz Cumming School of Medicine
Britney Wong Crescent Heights High School Dr. Norman Campbell Cumming School of Medicine
Chenlu Wang Western Canada High School Dr. Sonja Wicklum Cumming School of Medicine
Corrina Fowlow Sir Winston Churchill High School Dr. David Cramb Science
Dani Kilani The Renert School Dr. Peng Huang Cumming School of Medicine
Devin Aggarwal Westmount Charter School Dr. Mark Ungrin Veterinary Medicine
Fatima Iqbal Calgary Islamic School Dr. Naweed Syed Cumming School of Medicine
Kailyn Cook William Aberhart High School Dr. Karen Benzies Nursing
Mehul Gupta Sir Winston Churchill High School Dr. Gerald Pfeffer Cumming School of Medicine
Mohammed Mustafa Robert Thirsk High School Dr. David Hansen Science
Rohan Kumar Rundle College Jr. Sr. High School Dr. Satish Raj Cumming School of Medicine
Sanchit Chopra Western Canada High School Dr. Susan Kutz Veterinary Medicine
Tyler Keeling Springbank Community High School Dr. Michael Antle Arts
Victor Tong Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School Dr. Mark Ungrin Veterinary Medicine
Zeel Patel Webber Academy Dr. Nicole Letourneau Nursing

Contact

At the University of Calgary, the Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer program is administered by the Research Services Office. If you have questions about the 2017 Alberta Innovates HYRS program, please contact Marissa Montgomery at (403) 220-4495 or rsotrainee@ucalgary.ca.

For principals and teachers: download the 2017 poster here