RESEARCH EXPLORATION PROGRAM
The Research Exploration Program offers high school students the unique opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research at partner universities across Canada. The program enables 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.
LITERATURE REVIEW COMPETITION
In addition to the opportunity to conduct novel research through the internship program, we started a new initiative to complement this research program to enable 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. All interested interns will have the opportunity to publish their work. The author of the top literature review among all internships programs in Canada will be awarded with a free publication (sponsored by the SFJ).
STEM FELLOWSHIP JOURNAL
“I have always found a love for both biology and coding, and the shadowing program has shown me how a job in research could integrate these two sectors together. This is something that I would never had known if it weren’t for this program. What made this internship great was seeing intelligent people from all around the world gathering to the University of Toronto for a united goal of exploring the realms of science. This internship has sparked a greater passion for research in me, and I might be one of the mentors one day, looking to pass the baton to the future generations.” -Lucas Wang
“Participating in this internship organized by STEM Fellowship has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. One of my favorite aspects of this internship was being able to talk with a variety of people in various stages in their medical research career. I was able to inquire about the different possible career paths that each person took, and learn more about the different opportunities within this field. In particular, I was able to talk a lot with undergraduate students employed at this lab and received lots of helpful advice about university applications.” -Sakura Ariga
“Being an intern at an actual lab was, as expected, a genuinely life-changing experience. It changed my entire opinion on university, my expectations from a potential career in academia, and most importantly, how much respect I have for people working in research. It provided me with an exclusive sneak-peak of research work, and I will be using everything I learned here to make more informed decisions about my own career. I would like to sincerely thank the members of McMillen lab for making my March Break as rewarding as possible.” -Afrin Prio