Calgary High School Research Internship Program 2020

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.

Internships Program Descriptions 2020

Applicant Handbook

Applications have closed for the 2020 cycle. Interview offers will be emailed to shortlisted candidates on Monday February 27, 2020.

Please check back for information on the 2021 cycle in the coming months.

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, 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.

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

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).


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