Calgary High School Research Internship Program 2020

Program description:

Our program, coordinated by the University of Calgary STEM Fellowship Branch, offers students the unique opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research at a University of Calgary laboratory. This program will take place for five days during spring break (March 23-27, 2020) and will enable students to explore the world of research, be immersed in the process of scientific inquiry, and ask questions about possible paths to this field. Participants will engage in activities including tours of first-class research facilities, introductions to basic techniques and experiments using state-of-the-art equipment, shadowing of lab personnel and attending lab meetings, seminars and faculty presentations. Students will be mentored one-on-one by graduate students and will be involved in the hands-on experiments that their mentors are working on.

Project descriptions:

 Please click here for a list of the 2019 projects that our participating labs are. Program descriptions for 2020 internships will be available by early November 2019. On the application form, students can rank the projects in which they are most interested and we will do our best to place students in one of their top three choices. 

2018 Internship Testimonials:

This program was a great success in 2018, with 153 student applications and 23 students selected to conduct research in 11 different labs. Students explored areas of research including biomechanics, climate change, rheology, nanotechnology, brain stimulation, stem cells, bioinformatics, energy innovation, disease prevention, transplant immunology and more. In addition, students and teachers were invited to a reception to meet their peers and network with accomplished researchers. Click here for a link to testimonials from students who participated in our 2018 internships program.

Opportunity to Publish in the STEM Fellowship Journal 

In addition to the opportunity to conduct novel research through the internship program, we have started a new initiative to complement this research program that enables our interns to publish their own scientific manuscripts to the STEM Fellowship Journal (SFJ). The SFJ is an open access peer-reviewed journal supported by Canadian Science Publishing and the National Research Council. More specifically, our interns will be given the opportunity to write a literature review on the topic they researched on throughout the course of the program. Interns will be offered guidance throughout the whole process, both by the branch executives during the initial manuscript writing stage, and the SFJ editors upon submission of their literature reviews.

Literature Review Competition

Although all interested interns will have the opportunity to publish their work, the author of the top literature review will be awarded with a free publication (sponsored by the SFJ).

Application requirements:

  • Applicants must meet the following criteria in order for consideration: Must be enrolled in a Canadian high school in grade 11 or 12
  • Must demonstrate an interest in STEM research
  • Must complete application form and submit all required documentation prior to the deadline
  • Must be at least 15 years of age as of March 1st, 2020

Academic Requirements 

  • All Applicants: Science 10 must be completed with a minimum grade of 80%
  • Grade 11 Applicants: Must currently be enrolled in, or have completed Math 20-1 and ELA 20-1
  • Grade 12 Applicants: Must currently be enrolled in, or have completed Math 30-1 and ELA 30-1


The application process consists of  the submission of our online application form and the submission of your current high school transcript. 

Applications will open on December 2, 2019 and close on January 3, 2020. 

Reserved Seats:

The STEM Fellowship 2020  Internship Program at the University of Calgary will reserve approximately 50% of the program seats for high school students that self-identify as being from communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.

Students from the following backgrounds qualify under the underrepresented student category:

  • Indigenous or of Indigenous ancestry
  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged
  • Rural students
  • New immigrants
  • Refugees
Internship timeline
December Application launches December 2, 2019. 
January Application closes Jan 3, 2020
February Successful interns notified in February 2020
March Internships: March 23-27, 2020

Students accepted into the program will be responsible for:

  • Travel arrangements to and from the lab
  • Completing safety courses (if necessary) prior to beginning the internship and following lab safety protocols during the week*
  • Completing a University of Calgary Young Persons Accessing Laboratories Waiver and a STEM Fellowship Waiver prior to beginning the internship program
  • Completing a feedback survey following the internship

*Selected interns will be contacted by their respective labs prior to the beginning of their internships regarding necessary safety courses


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