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As a federal charity, we rely on the generous support of our sponsors to sustain the work we do for Canadian youth. Funds that are donated to STEM Fellowship are appreciated and will be used to support STEM programs, which provide students across the country with unique, inquiry-based, experiential learning opportunities.

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Online REO Program 2022

The National Online REO Program will allow high school students to virtually shadow mentors at research facilities across Canada during Spring Break.


Over the course of the program students will be able to:

      • be mentored one-on-one by graduate students and ask questions about paths in academia within various  fields
      • virtually tour first-class research facilities
      • receive an introduction to basic laboratory techniques and experiments
      • shadow lab personnel and attend lab meetings, seminars, and faculty presentations 
      • showcase their work at the end via a symposium

The major goals of the program are to provide underrepresented high school students with the opportunity to learn about scientific research in a direct way, practice their scientific presentation skills, and network and form lasting connections within their field of interest.

This program is remotely accessible and entirely free of charge, helping provide widespread guidance to youth across Canada. The program especially aims to reach rural, underrepresented, low-income, and Indigenous Canadian communities, but is open to anyone.

If you have any questions, please email




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The Research Exploration Opportunity (REO) 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.

University of Calgary


University of Alberta

University of Guelph

Queen's University


  • “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

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