The Alberta Innovates High School Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) Program in Health is designed for motivated Grade 11 students in Alberta high schools to gain first-hand experience with biomedical and health research, and to introduce them to career opportunities in research.
HYRS is not just a laboratory work experience – it is a well-rounded program focused on Grade 11 students. Students will work in a university lab doing cutting-edge research, and participants will meet at least once a week for a variety of activities to broaden and enhance their research experience.
Activities include safety and introductory training sessions, tours of campus and other research facilities, lectures on health research, and discussions with guest speakers about their careers in research. The award is meant to encourage students to consider pursuing formal training and a career in health research and innovation. The award consists of a stipend only.
The application deadline for students is Friday, March 18, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. MT. The submission deadline for Teacher & Non-Academic references is Friday, March 25, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. MT.
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Calgary and on campus. At this time, HYRS 2022 at the University of Calgary is aiming to revert to in-person delivery.
Project priority areas
The convergence of digital and emerging technologies with health, healthcare, living, and society. It has the potential to enhance the efficiency of healthcare delivery through personalizing medicine, enabling better access to care and empowering citizens to manage their own health.
Data Enabled Health Transformation
The creation, amalgamation, analysis, and application of large quantities of complex information to improve health /or healthcare decision-making. Examples include: data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence platforms.
Health Innovation and Technology Acceleration
Research that considers marketplace need, industry pull, technology partnerships, scale-up requirements, and the types of evidence needed to mobilize support for further development of innovations like the Internet of Medical Things, xR, wearables, personalized health, and health economics.
Read all sections of this page, and download and read the application guidelines.
Arrange for two teachers (two science teachers, or one science and one math teacher) and one community member to provide references.
Review and complete all sections of the online application form.
We STRONGLY recommend students submit their portion of the application 1-2 weeks in advance of the deadline to ensure their references have sufficient time to complete their portion of the application by the posted deadline.
Value and Term
Students will receive a stipend of $3,000 for 6 weeks.
To be eligible, students must:
- Currently be registered as a grade 11 student at a central Alberta high school. This includes all high schools south of Red Deer to north of, but not including, Claresholm. Students in or south of Claresholm should apply to the University of Lethbridge. Students north of Red Deer should apply to the University of Alberta.
- Have a clear interest in pursuing a health research career.
- Have a minimum of 85% standing in each of Math-20-1 or 20-2, Biology 20, and one other grade 11 science. Transcripts or interim reports are required.
- Comply with current COVID-19 public health measures.
A maximum of 2 students per high school will be selected for the Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer program.
The online application deadline for students is Friday, March 18, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. MT.
The submission deadline for Teacher & Non-Academic references is Friday, March 25, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. MT.
Results of the 2022 Alberta Innovates HYRS competition will be released approximately 8 weeks after the submission deadline.
The Alberta Innovates HYRS program will run from July 4th to August 15th, 2022.
You cannot save the application form, so you are encouraged to review the entire application before you begin. It is recommended that you type your written responses in a word processor offline, then copy the text into the form. The application requires that you:
- Write an essay demonstrating your interest in biomedical and health research
- Upload a scanned copy of your most recent report card, stamped by the high school office
- NOTE: Please ensure your uploaded transcript includes all of the necessary grades to confirm you meet the minimum eligibility criteria for HYRS. In the event your upload does not include all necessary grades (ie. Bio 20, Math 20-1 or 20-1 and Chemistry 20 or Physics 20) your application will be marked incomplete and will not be forwarded for adjudication.
- Obtain references from two science teachers (or one science and one math teacher) and one non-academic reference (an adult who is not a relative and is from outside your school).
Important information regarding references:
The application form requires that you provide the names and email addresses of individuals who will provide references to support your application. When you submit your application, those individuals will be sent an email with the details of your application and a link to the appropriate reference form. However, we cannot guarantee that the email will be received – therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that the reference forms are submitted before the deadline.
Before you submit your application, please ensure that the individuals you list as references have agreed to provide a reference. Please also ensure that your selected references identify you by the preferred name provided in your application; this helps to ensure the reference is appropriately matched to your application. References that cannot be matched to an application will not be considered, and incomplete applications will not be eligible for adjudication.
We STRONGLY recommend students submit their portion of the application a minimum of 1 week in advance of the student deadline to ensure their teacher and non-academic references have sufficient time to complete their portion of the application. Applications that are deemed incomplete will not be considered for award.
Please review your application carefully and ensure that you have met all requirements before submitting. Each candidate may submit only one application.
The selection committee is composed of two high school teachers and two University of Calgary scientists. Each application is reviewed independently by the committee members. Based on these reviews, all of the Alberta Innovates HYRS proposals are adjudicated and ranked in a committee selection meeting.
Applicant’s high school grades are not used for scoring purposes during the committee review. High school grades are only used to determine applicant's eligibility .
Selection committee decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
Results of the 2022 Alberta Innovates HYRS competition will be released approximately 8 weeks after the submission deadline. All candidates will be informed by email regarding the outcome of their submission using the email address provided in their application. Successful applicants will be required to formally indicate their acceptance of the award.
Every effort will be made to match successful applicants with a mentor working within one of the areas of interest identified within the student application. However, please be aware that an exact match is not always possible due to mentor availability, lab safety protocols, and other considerations. Students are placed in a lab setting depending on the nature of the research their mentor is involved in; this could mean they will be involved in a wet lab (typically bench top experiment based labs) or a dry lab (typically computer based analysis). All placements will be made at the discretion of the university and are final.
Value and tenure of award
Studentships will be for 6 weeks, from July 4th to August 15th, 2022.
Students must make a full-time commitment to their research during the period of the Alberta Innovates HYRS award.
The awards are in the amount of $3,000 in the form of a stipend. Additional costs, including health benefits, travel, and accommodation, are the responsibility of the student.
Successful applicants residing outside of Calgary who require accommodation should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications and offers of award
HYRS applications must be written by the student.
The University reserves the right to confirm, through independent means, representations of authorship or credentials.
In the event of material deviations in the submitted information, the University reserves the right to disqualify any applicant from the competition.
Students offered an Alberta Innovates HYRS award will be required to accept or decline the offer by a date specified in the notification of the offer, with written approval of a parent or legal guardian. Students who decline the award may claim credit for the award on their curriculum vitae, noting that the award was declined.
Only two students per high school will be offered an Alberta Innovates HYRS award.
All publications, including public messages, arising from research supported by Alberta Innovates grants or awards must acknowledge the support.
Alberta Innovates reserves the right to publish and/or disseminate information regarding its grants and awards.
Alberta Innovates HYRS students are to conduct their research in a safe and ethical manner under the guidance of their mentors. During the period of the award they are to maintain regular working hours. In no case should HYRS students work more than 35 hours per week. Timesheets will be collected from all students to ensure adherence to this guideline.
HYRS students are expected to follow the procedures and rules of the research environment in which they conduct their research, including all policies governing research at the University of Calgary.
Students are required to attend all HYRS-related events, such as guest lectures, facility tours, and the Open House.
Students will be required to submit a final report to the University of Calgary Research Services Office upon completion of the award.
Students will also be required to give a presentation about their HYRS experiences to their high school science class.
Additional information will be provided to successful applicants.
HYRS during the pandemic
2020 marked the 21st year of the Alberta Innovates High School Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) program at the University of Calgary, the cohort of 25 Grade 11 students were the first to embark on their research journey in a remote format. The 2021 cohort of 28 students was the second group to conduct research remotely.
|First Name||Last Name||High School||Mentor||Year|
|Anastasia||Karagiannis||Bishop Carroll High School||Dr. Naweed Syed||2021|
|Ankita||Chaturvedi||Sir Winston Churchill High School||Dr. Julio Garcia Flores||2021|
|Aria||Appoo||Rundle College Senior High School||Dr. Ranjani Somoyaji||2021|
|Chimnyelu (Nanya)||Anyaduba||Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School||Dr. Juliet Guichon||2021|
|Colin||Loe||Holy Trinity Academy||Dr. Jun Yan||2021|
|David||Girgis||St. Francis High School||Dr. Guang Yang||2021|
|Diana||Davis||Webber Academy||Dr. Yunyan Zang||2021|
|Elena||Bakker||Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School||Dr. Sabine Gilch||2021|
|Emily||Yi||Henry Wise Wood High School||Dr. Samuel Pichardo||2021|
|Erica||Yakubu||Robert Thirsk High School||Dr. Walter Herzog||2021|
|Firdaus||Sadid||Ernest Manning High School||Dr. Ranita Manocha||2021|
|Ifeolu||Owojori||St. Martin de Porres High School||Dr. Saied Jalal Aboodarda||2021|
|Isabella||Lagman||Bishop O'Byrne High School||Dr. Karen Benzies||2021|
|Jason||Xie||Sir Winston Churchill High School||Dr. Sarah Manske||2021|
|Jorrell||Templeton||George McDougall High School||Dr. Walter Herzog||2021|
|Kaisha||Snyder||W.H. Croxford High School||Dr. Svetlana Yanushkevich||2021|
|Liam||Ross||West Island College||Dr. Paul Arnold||2021|
|Liam||Sjodin||Brooks Composite High School||Dr. Laura Curiel||2021|
|Livia||Ion||Western Canada High School||Dr. Susan Kutz||2021|
|Mari||Wilson||Queen Elizabeth High School||Dr. Carolyn Emery||2021|
|Muhammad (Haseeb)||Tahir||James Fowler High School||Dr. Carolyn Emery||2021|
|Natalie||Toltesi||Bishop Carroll High School||Dr. Svetlana Yanushkevich||2021|
|Orchee||Haque||Westmount Charter Mid-High School||Dr. Susan Graham||2021|
|Peicheng (William)||Zhou||Westmount Charter Mid-High School||Dr. Kamran Yusuf||2021|
|Raneet||Kahlon||John G. Diefenbaker High School||Dr. Svetlana Yanushkevich||2021|
|Sophia||DeLuca||Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School||Dr. Patricia Tang||2021|
|Xincong||Li||Western Canada High School||Dr. Quan Long||2021|
|Yiwen (Eva)||Wang||Robert Thirsk High School||Dr. Faizal Abdul Careem||2021|
|Adam||Gulamhusein||Robert Thirsk High School||Dr. Zelma Kiss||2020|
|Alicia||Lamb||Rundle College Jr/Sr High School||Dr. Kamran Yusuf||2020|
|Andrew||Xie||St. Francis High School||Dr. Samuel Pichardo||2020|
|Asiya||Arora||Sir Winston Churchill High School||Dr. Ranjani Somayaji||2020|
|Badra||Abbas||Sir Winston Churchill High School||Dr. Susan Graham||2020|
|Brian||Vo||Father Lacombe High School||Dr. Juliet Guichon||2020|
|Cassandra||Seal||Webber Academy||Dr. Steve Boyd||2020|
|Dhruva||Patel||Bert Church High School||Dr. Tanya Beran||2020|
|Heny||Panghulan||Notre Dame High School||Dr. Gabrielle Wilcox||2020|
|Isabella||Frey||Robert Thirsk High School||Dr. Paul Arnold||2020|
|Jerry||Zhou||Bishop Carroll High School||Dr. Laura Curiel||2020|
|Jessie||Shang||Western Canada High School||Dr. Ranita Manocha||2020|
|Kuljeet||Chohan||Westmount Charter School||Dr. Jun Yan||2020|
|Michael||Beaumont||St. Francis High School||Dr. Julio Garcia Flores||2020|
|Oyinda||Obigbesan||Calgary Christian High School||Dr. Karen Benzies||2020|
|Parthiv||Maneesh||Westmount Charter School||Dr. Doreen Ezeife||2020|
|Rachael||Peng||William Aberhart High School||Dr. Naweed Syed||2020|
|Salma||Zein||Joan Cardinal-Schubert High School||Dr. V Wee Yong||2020|
|Sarah||Sass||William Aberhart High School||Dr. Carolyn Emery||2020|
|Seleem||Badawy||Western Canada High School||Dr. Carol Huang||2020|
|Sumair||Shergill||Renert School||Dr. Marinka Twilt||2020|
|Tate||McGovern||West Island College||Dr. Susan Kutz||2020|
|Tony||Jiang||Henry Wise Wood High School||Dr. Guang Yang||2020|
|YJ||Dawood||Renert School||Dr. Jiami Guo||2020|
|Zain||Tariq||Foundations for the Future Charter Academy High School||Dr. Walter Herzog||2020|
|Abhay||Parmar||Foundations for the Future Charter Academy||Dr. Julio Garcia||2019|
|Aisha||Iqbal||Sir Winston Churchill High School||Dr. Hude Quan||2019|
|Andrew||Loe||Holy Trinity Academy||Dr. Marc Poulin||2019|
|Anwar||Subhani||Sir Winston Churchill High School||Dr. James McGhee||2019|
|Asmi||Multani||Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School||Dr. Walter Herzog||2019|
|Cecilia||Liu||Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School||Dr. Chad Bousman||2019|
|Chelsea||Wong||West Island College||Dr. Doreen Ezeife||2019|
|Claire||McPherson||Bishop Carroll High School||Dr. Patrick Whelan||2019|
|Connor||Lang||St. Francis High School||Dr. Susan Graham||2019|
|Elaha||Niazi||Queen Elizabeth High School||Dr. Christian Jacob||2019|
|Elena||Pan||Westmount Charter School||Dr. Jun Yan||2019|
|Emily||Evans||William Aberhart High School||Dr. Laura Curiel||2019|
|Hiten||Mahalwar||John G. Diefenbaker High School||Dr. Samuel Pichardo||2019|
|Ishaan||Cheema||Robert Thirsk High School||Dr. Karen Benzies||2019|
|Jacqueline||Seal||Webber Academy||Dr. Samuel Pichardo||2019|
|JT||Luterbach||Bert Church High School||Dr. Steve Boyd||2019|
|Kaila||Villarey||École Secondaire Notre Dame High School||Dr. Fiona Schulte||2019|
|Kailey||Beckie||St. Martin de Porres||Dr. Julio Garcia||2019|
|Luca||Galler||W.H. Croxford High School||Dr. Susan Lees-Miller||2019|
|Martina||Min||St. Francis High School||Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen||2019|
|Mary||Long||William Aberhart High School||Dr. Savraj Grewal||2019|
|Monica||Lopez||Westmount Charter School||Dr. Faizal Careem||2019|
|Nav||Gill||Chestermere High School||Dr. Ranjani Somayaji||2019|
|Pakeeza||Mushtaq||Brooks Composite High School||Dr. Naweed Syed||2019|
|Shounak||Ray||Webber Academy||Dr. Edwin Wang||2019|
|Aaron||Abraham||Webber Academy||Dr. Qingrun Zhang||2018|
|Abby||Hawken||Provost Public School||Dr. Mark Ungrin||2018|
|Allison||Guthrie||École Secondaire Notre Dame High School||Dr. Mark Ungrin||2018|
|Annabella||Bregazzi||Western Canada High School||Dr. Susan Graham||2018|
|Anuradha||Baishnob||Nelson Mandela High School||Dr. Dawn Kingston||2018|
|Aryan||Zawari||Chestermere High School||Dr. Steven Greenway||2018|
|Azin||Dolatabadi||Medicine Hat High School||Dr. Laura Sycuro||2018|
|Emily||Laycock||Crescent Heights High School||Dr. Kirsten Fiest||2018|
|Jackson||Cooper||William Aberhart High School||Dr. Naweed Syed||2018|
|Julia||Beaumont||St. Francis High School||Dr. Walter Herzog||2018|
|Katherine||Yuan||Western Canada High School||Dr. Stephanie Borgland||2018|
|Maggie||Thai||John G. Diefenbaker High School||Dr. Laura Curiel||2018|
|Mariam||Ali||West Island College (WIC)||Dr. Faizal Abdul Careem||2018|
|Mataea||Armstrong||W.H. Croxford High School||Dr. Guang Yang||2018|
|Peter||Gobran||St. Francis High School||Dr. Gerald Giesbrecht||2018|
|Serena||Zhang||Bishop Carroll High School||Dr. Jiami Guo||2018|
|Shyla||Bharadia||Foundations for the Future Charter Academy (FFCA)||Dr. Karen Benzies||2018|
|Simran||Sandhu||Renert School||Dr. Derek Exner||2018|
|Sunaina||Rangarajan||Renert School||Dr. Linda Duffett-Leger||2018|
|Thérèse||Poulin||William Aberhart High School||Dr. Marc Poulin||2018|
|Ye-Jean||Park||Webber Academy||Dr. Paul Mains||2018|
|Zainab||Ali||Westmount Charter High School||Dr. Tanvir Turin Chowdhury||2018|
|Anchita||Shonak||The Renert School||Dr. Roman Krawetz||2017|
|Arzina||Jaffer||Strathcona Tweedsmuir School||Dr. Eduardo Cobo||2017|
|Colette||Benko||St. Mary’s High School||Dr. Aru Narendran||2017|
|Curtis||Ostertag||Springbank Community High School||Dr. Walter Herzog||2017|
|Jordan||Hassett||Chestermere High School||Dr. C. Adam Kirton||2017|
|Joseph||Girgis||St. Francis High School||Dr. Alexander Whalley||2017|
|Joshua||Huang||Sir Winston Churchill High School||Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed||2017|
|Katherine||Hovdestad||Westmount Charter School||Dr. Mark Ungrin||2017|
|Katherine (Xinyu)||Liang||Western Canada High School||Dr. Guang Yang||2017|
|Kayleigh||Yang||Western Canada High School||Dr. Marc Poulin||2017|
|Kiran||Sandhu||Forest Lawn High School||Dr. Mark Ungrin||2017|
|Lexi||Hill||Rundle College Jr./Sr. High School||Dr. Craig Jenne||2017|
|Richard||Peng||Queen Elizabeth High School||Dr. John Gilleard||2017|
|Rosie||Zhao||Queen Elizabeth High School||Dr. Campbell Rolian||2017|
|Simone||Campbell||John G. Diefenbaker High School||Dr. Quan Long||2017|
|Talia||Beckie||St. Martin de Porres High School||Dr. Aneal Khan||2017|
|Mackenzie||Aranas||Hugh Sutherland School||Dr. Susan Kutz||2017|
|Michael||Potemkin||Westmount Charter School||Dr. Tao Dong||2017|
|Onbee||Kim||Robert Thirsk High School||Dr. Susan Graham||2017|
|Rachel||Shuck||Heritage Christian Academy||Dr. Turin Tanvir Chowdhury||2017|
|Sarah||Lambros||Springbank Community High School||Dr. Gerald Pfeffer||2017|
|Srijal||Gupta||Robert Thirsk High School||Dr. Sabine Gilch||2017|