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Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentships

Submitted by mclean1 on Tue, 01/19/2016 - 11:41am

Experience research outside the classroom

Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentships are available at the University of Calgary. They provide motivated students with exceptional academic records an opportunity to participate in medical or health-related research at the University during the summer months. The award is meant to encourage students to consider pursuing formal training and a career in health research. The award consists of a stipend only.

Applications for summer student funding from Alberta Innovates , PURE Awards, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the Alberta Transplant Institute (ATI), and the O’Brien Centre Summer Studentships (OCSS) program are now submitted via a streamlined common online application system.

Value and Term

Eligibility

Supervisor

Students will receive a stipend of $1,500 per month for 8, 12, or 16 weeks. The studentship must be held during the period of May to August.

Alberta Innovates does not provide additional funds for health-care benefits. The payment of such benefits is the responsibility of the awardee.

Students who meet one of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • registered in full-time studies in an Alberta-based undergraduate degree program with a minimum 3.2 GPA;
  • registered in a full-time undergraduate degree program outside of Alberta with a minimum 3.2 GPA, and desiring to engage in research during the summer at the University of Calgary;
  • registered full-time in an M.D. program with a minimum 3.2 GPA, and who may also hold an undergraduate or graduate degree;
  • exceptional graduating (i.e., grade 12) high school students with a minimum 85% average and a clear interest in pursuing a health research career; or
  • For applicants currently in the last term of their undergraduate degrees evidence of application for further studies (either to Medical School or to a graduate program that would start in the coming Fall) must be provided upon request.
  • Proposed projects must be in an area of health-related research. 

Students must approach and secure approval of a faculty supervisor at the University of Calgary.

A supervisor must be actively engaged in health-oriented research. Students may apply with a supervisor outside of their home faculty (all faculties are eligible).

The supervisor may sponsor no more than two summer students per year for Alberta Innovates, PURE, and O'Brien Centre Summer Student funding, and each student must have a separate project.

NOTE: as faculty members are only permitted to support two (2) student applications per year for this competition it is the student’s responsibility to ensure their chosen supervisor has approved their application and is aware of this restriction.

Alberta Innovates

Application Deadline

Student applications are due on Wednesday February 8th, 2017.

Supervisor comments are due on Wednesday February 15th, 2017.

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

Application

NEW in 2017!

Applications for summer student funding from Alberta Innovates, PURE, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the Alberta Transplant Institute (ATI) and the O’Brien Centre Summer Studentships (OCSS) program are now submitted via a streamlined common online application system. Award eligibility will be automatically determined at application based on your qualifications. Applicants will be considered for all awards they meet eligibility criteria for, however only ONE (1) offer of award will be made to successful students. IN THE EVENT SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS DECLINE THE INITIAL OFFER OF AWARD, NO FURTHER OFFERS FOR ALBERTA INNOVATES, PURE, OR OCSS WILL BE MADE FOR THIS COMPETITION.

All sections must be completed by the student and the supervisor. Before starting the application we recommend that you do the following:

  • Identify a potential supervisor in an area that matches your interest by first reviewing information on the University of Calgary website.
  • Contact the potential supervisor by email or in person to determine if they are prepared to support your application for a summer studentship.
  • Prepare the online application. You will need to enter the name and email of the supervisor and he/she will be contacted with a request to complete their part of the online application.
  • For international students and students not using a 4.0 GPA scale, please use this conversion table to find the appropriate conversion.
  • Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for information on common issues. 

           **The application portal is now closed**

NOTE: Candidates can only submit one application.

Important information for students who are not registered at the University of Calgary

Past students and non-UCalgary students are eligible for this award. However, you must have a current (not expired) UCID and an IT Account to sign in to the online application system.

If you are not currently registered for classes at the University of Calgary, even if you have a UCID, you must first follow the “Apply for a UCID” process to allow us to give you an IT Account:

This is a two-step process, and each step will take approximately a business day to complete.

**If you have a current UCID, or received one to apply to the Summer Research Studentships in 2016, and cannot access the application portal please contact itsupport@ucalgary.ca or call 403-220-5555 to ensure you still have an active IT account for log-in**

Step 1 – Apply for a UCID

  • Fill out the request form.  
  • When you click the “Submit” button, your request will be sent to the Unicard Office for processing. A copy of your request will also be sent to you.
  • You will receive an email from the Unicard Office when your request has been processed and a UCID has been assigned. Generally, your request will be processed within one business day.

 

Step 2 – Apply for a UCalgary IT Account

  • Your UCID is required before proceeding with this step. 
  • Go to the IT Account Registration site and complete the multi-step process. Read the step-by-step instructions here
  • You will receive an email once your request has been processed and your IT Account set up. Generally, your request and your access to the Application System will be processed within one business day.
  • Use your IT Account username and password to access the Application System. 

 

 

Review Process

Each application is reviewed independently by two faculty members who have a relevant area of expertise and a score is provided based on a rubric. Based on these reviews, all of the Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship proposals are ranked and assessed to determine the award recipients. Decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Decision

Results of the Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship 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, followed by an official letter. Successful applicants will be required to formally indicate their acceptance of the award. Please note that all candidates applying for Alberta Innovates, PURE, and O’Brien Centre Summer Studentship awards apply through a common system and will only receive ONE (1) offer of award if successful.

Terms and Conditions

Studentships will be available for periods of 16 weeks, 12 weeks, or 8 weeks between May and August.

  • 16-week awards are in the amount of $6,000;
  • 12-week awards in the amount of $4,500; and
  •  8-week awards in the amount of $3,000.

Students must make a full-time commitment to their research during the period of the Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship.

No academic course credit will be awarded for work funded by the Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship.

Applications and offers of award

Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship proposals must originate with and be drafted chiefly by the student applicant.

Students offered an Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship will be required to accept or decline the offer by a date specified in the notification of the offer. Students who decline the award may claim credit for the award on their curriculum vitae, noting that the award was declined. IN THE EVENT SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS DECLINE THE INITIAL OFFER OF AWARD, NO FURTHER OFFERS FOR ALBERTA INNOVATES, PURE, OR OCSS WILL BE MADE FOR THIS COMPETITION.

Alberta Innovates Summer Research Students may not simultaneously hold any relevantly similar award, including but not limited to the Markin Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) in Health and Wellness, NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards, O'Brien Centre Awards (with the exception of travel awards), or PURE Awards.

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

In the event of material deviations in the submitted information, including citation sources (in the case of authorship), issuing organization(s) (in the case of credentials), or granting agencies (in the case of research support), the University reserves the right to disqualify any applicant from the competition.

Conduct of research

Research funded by an Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship must comply with all University of Calgary guidelines concerning the conduct of research (see http://www.ucalgary.ca/policies/).

All research that involves the use of human subjects must be reviewed and certified as acceptable by the appropriate University Research Ethics Board, any research involving animals must be certified by the appropriate Animal Care Committee, and any research involving biohazardous materials must be conducted in a site approved by the appropriate Biosafety Committee. The responsibility for adherence to these guidelines is jointly shared by the supervisor and recipient.

The research project should not be substantially altered from that proposed in the original application. If significant changes should become necessary, the trainee must obtain prior written approval from the University of Calgary Research Services Office to continue with the award. The supervisor must agree with the proposed changes and the original aims and conditions of the award must be satisfied. The Research Services Office may request written confirmation from the supervisor to confirm his or her agreement with the proposed changes.

Communications

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

Awardees are asked to inform the Research Services Office in advance if their research will be published in a major journal such that it might result in a press release from the university and/or the journal. This information will be provided to Alberta Innovates communications staff.

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

Responsibilities of the Alberta Innovates Summer Research Student

Alberta Innovates Summer Research Students are to conduct their research in a safe and ethical manner under the guidance and mentorship of their supervisors. During the period of the award they are to maintain regular working hours, unless otherwise agreed to by their supervisor. In no case should Alberta Innovates Summer Research Students work more than an average of 35 hours per week. They are expected to follow the procedures and rules of the research environment in which they conduct their research, and interact regularly with their supervisor. They are to provide a report at the end of their award period, and ensure it meets the expectations of the Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship program. If significant changes should become necessary, the trainee must obtain prior written approval from the University of Calgary Research Services Office to continue with the award.

Successful applicants that are in the last term of their program will be required to provide proof of application to further graduate studies or Medical School for the Fall term of 2017 PRIOR to taking up the award.

Important information for Supervisors of an Alberta Innovates Summer Research Student

The supervisor of an Alberta Innovates Summer Research Student is expected to mentor and support the student, providing an opportunity for the student to learn and develop research skills. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that  the student  conducts their research experience in a safe and ethical environment, following procedures and rules of the University of Calgary, and if applicable those of the specific research environment in which the student is engaged. The supervisor is expected to:

(i)              meet regularly with the student,

(ii)             provide regular feedback and support to the student and the student's research project

(iii)            complete a final report that adequately explains the student’s research successes and challenges.

Faculty members may serve as a supervisor for a maximum of 2 applicants in total, whether for Alberta Innovates, PURE and/or OCSS.

If the applicant is granted this award, you will be required to ensure that it is used for the project described in the submitted application and abide by the University of Calgary’s policies governing the pursuit of research, including Academic Integrity.. All research that involves the use of human subjects must be reviewed and certified as acceptable by the appropriate University Research Ethics Board.

All supervisors supporting a student’s application to this competition agree to be entered into the pool of reviewers for this competition and to review summer studentship applications from students (other than their own).

Final Report

Students and supervisors are required to submit a final report to the University of Calgary Research Services Office upon completion of the award. Failure to provide the final report by the posted deadline may result in disqualification from future Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship competitions. Additional information will be provided to successful applicants.

Renewals

Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship awards are not renewable, but students are free to re-apply in subsequent years.

2016 Summer Studentship Recipients

In February 2016 the University of Calgary received 285 applications for Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Summer Studentship awards. The University is pleased to announce the names of the 72 successful candidates:

Candidate

Faculty

Supervisor

Abad, Ryon Cumming School of Medicine McGhee, James D.
Ahmed, Shubidito Cumming School of Medicine Kurz, Ebba U.
Alkadri-Arafa, Ahmad Schulich School of Engineering Sen, Arindom
Besler, Bryce Albert Cumming School of Medicine Boyd, Steven
Bolyos, Anthony Cumming School of Medicine Jacob, Christian
Bonneville, Dominique Arts Tomfohr, Lianne
Brand, Paiten Haley Kinesiology Shearer, Jane
Brown, Sage Avalon Arts Pexman, Penny
Chakravarty, Dhriti Schulich School of Engineering Shrive, Nigel
Clark, Chase Cumming School of Medicine Borgland, Stephanie L.
Chen, Amy Cumming School of Medicine Schuurmans, Carol J.  
Chisholm, Dirk Cumming School of Medicine Hagel, Brent E.
Chute, Mary Cumming School of Medicine Schuurmans, Carol J.
Codd, Chevonne Meria Kinesiology Schneider, Kathryn
Coughlin, Gerard  Cumming School of Medicine Kurrasch, Deborah M.
Cram, Brielle Cumming School of Medicine Goodarzi, Aaron A.
Djurkovic, Andrea Cumming School of Medicine Chowdhury, Tanvir Turin
Farrier, Christian Cumming School of Medicine Noseworthy, Tom
Fiori, Cyrus Schulich School of Engineering Di Martino, Elena
Flynn, Matthew Kinesiology Schmidt, Tannin
Garrett, David Schulich School of Engineering Fear, Elise
Gopalakrishnan, Preetha Cumming School of Medicine Huang, Carol T.
Gorzo, Kelsea Cumming School of Medicine Bains, Jaideep S.
Grab, Jeffrey Cumming School of Medicine Kirton, C. Adam
Hehar, Harleen Kaur Arts Mychasiuk, Richelle Marie
Heidari, Negar Cumming School of Medicine Wilson, Richard
Hunter, Dana J. Arts Tomfohr, Lianne
Islam, Abir Cumming School of Medicine Midha, Rajiv
Jelinkova, Kristina Cumming School of Medicine Bray, Signe
Kadhim, Sandra Cumming School of Medicine Jette, Nathalie
Kolstad, Ash Kinesiology Emery, Carolyn
Lam, Charissa Cumming School of Medicine Dukelow, Sean
Lau, David Cumming School of Medicine Hill, Matthew N.
Lau, Gavin Cumming School of Medicine MacMaster, Frank P.
Li, Katherine Cumming School of Medicine Zamponi, Gerald
Lognon, Adam Parker  Cumming School of Medicine Whelan, Patrick
Ma, Bryan Cumming School of Medicine James, Matthew T.
Martinez, German Kinesiology Emery, Carolyn
Mohamud, Amina Cumming School of Medicine Greenway, Steven Clive
Moussienko, Daniel Cumming School of Medicine Yong, Wee
Narendran, Nadia Cumming School of Medicine Krawetz, Roman
Nguyen, Lisa Cumming School of Medicine Bech-Hansen, Nils
Peterson, Kedra Cumming School of Medicine Duffy, Anne C.
Pon, Kristin Nursing Letourneau, Nicole
Reeves, James Patrick Schulich School of Engineering Nezhad, Amir
Reichardt, Elliott Cumming School of Medicine Senger, Donna
Riaz, Saba Cumming School of Medicine Syed, Naweed I.
Ritchie, Evan Cumming School of Medicine Debert, Chantel T
Sekhon, Gurjot Cumming School of Medicine Dunn, Jeffrey F.
Sheppard, Taylor Cumming School of Medicine Gallo, Marco
Sohn, Maya Cumming School of Medicine Brooks, Brian Lee
Song, Clare Cumming School of Medicine Pittman, Quentin J.
Stukalin, Igor Cumming School of Medicine Kurz, Ebba U.
Sumner, Madeleine Cumming School of Medicine Howlett, Alexandra A
Swinton, Cayley Cumming School of Medicine Lukowiak, Kenneth D.
Swinton, Erin Cumming School of Medicine Lukowiak, Kenneth D.
Syed, Hafsa Nursing Benzies, Karen
Tan, Kate Cumming School of Medicine Hill, Matthew N.
Tremblay, Rosaele Nursing Letourneau, Nicole
Viznaugh, Bronte Kinesiology Culos-Reed, Nicole
Vohra, Mohit Cumming School of Medicine Narendran, Aru
Wang, Andy Science Ng, Kenneth Kai-Sing
Wang, Charlie Kinesiology Herzog, Walter
Wang, Jennifer Cumming School of Medicine Stys, Peter
Yip, Raven Cumming School of Medicine Rho, Jong M.
Zarezadeh, Siavash Cumming School of Medicine Goodarzi, Aaron A.
Zarnke, Sasha Schulich School of Engineering Fear, Elise
Zhang, Dan Cumming School of Medicine Huang, Peng
Zhu, Luke Kinesiology Schmidt, Tannin
Zhu, Ryan Cumming School of Medicine Federico, Paolo
Zhu, Lingfeng Nursing Kingston, Dawn
Zhu, Yiming (Michael) Cumming School of Medicine Anderson, Todd J.

 

Contact

The AIHS Summer Research Studentship at the University of Calgary is administered by the Research Services Office. If you have questions about the 2016 AIHS Summer Research Studentship, please contact Marissa Montgomery at (403) 220-4495 or rsotrainee@ucalgary.ca.