Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer

Experience research outside the classroom

Please note the 2019 HYRS competition is now closed. 

 

The Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) Program 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.

Contact:

At the University of Calgary, the Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer program is administered by the Research Services Office.

If you have questions about the Alberta Innovates HYRS program, please contact Erin O'Toole at rsotrainee@ucalgary.ca

Value and Term

Students will receive a stipend of $3,000 for 6 weeks.

Eligibility

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Currently registered in grade 11 at an Alberta high school located in or 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.
  • A clear interest in pursuing a health research career
  • 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)

A maximum of 2 students per high school will be selected for the Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer program.

Application checklist

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Read all sections of this page, and download and read the application guidelines.

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Identify references

Arrange for two teachers (two science teachers, or one science and one math teacher) and one community member to provide references.

Complete application

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.

You cannot save the 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.  

  1. IMPORTANT

    The deadline for students to submit their application is March 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM (MT). Teacher and Non-Academic references must be received by Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM (MT). 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. 

  2. FAQ

    Have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Guide. If you don't see your question answered in the guide please email rsotrainee@ucalgary.ca

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.

Selection committee decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Results of the 2019 Alberta Innovates HYRS competition will be released approximately 8 weeks after the submission deadlineAll 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 4 to August 16, 2019. 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 $2,500 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 rsotrainee@ucalgary.ca.

 

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.

 

Communications

All publications, including public messages, arising from research supported by Alberta Innovates grants or awards must acknowledge the support. Please visit the Alberta Innovates Visual Identity Guide for downloadable logos.

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, Teacher’s Day, 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.

Previous Alberta Innovates HYRS Recipients

In April 2016 the University of Calgary received 166 applications for Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) awards. 

The University is pleased to announce the names of the 22 successful candidates:

  1. 2016 recipients

    Student Name:

    Student High School:

    HYRS Mentor:

    Mentor Faculty:

    Aaron Howe

    Banff Community High School

    Dr. Quan Long Cumming School of Medicine
    Alina Arvisais Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy Canmore, Alberta Dr. Walter Herzog Kinesiology
    Andrew Thompson Rundle College Jr. Sr. High School Dr. Tanvir Turin Chowdhury Cumming School of Medicine
    Aneri Patel Crescent Heights High School Dr. Susan Graham Arts
    Anya Siddons Bishop Carroll High School Dr. Carolyn Emery Kinesiology
    Ariadna Rolo Codorniu Notre Dame High School Dr. Jun Yan Cumming School of Medicine
    Ayman Shahriar John G. Diefenbaker High School Dr. Tao Dong Veterinary Medicine
    Brian Pham Bishop McNally High School Dr. Roberto Sotero Diaz Cumming School of Medicine
    Britney Wong Crescent Heights High School Dr. Norman Campbell Cumming School of Medicine
    Chenlu Wang Western Canada High School Dr. Sonja Wicklum Cumming School of Medicine
    Corrina Fowlow Sir Winston Churchill High School Dr. David Cramb Science
    Dani Kilani The Renert School Dr. Peng Huang Cumming School of Medicine
    Devin Aggarwal Westmount Charter School Dr. Mark Ungrin Veterinary Medicine
    Fatima Iqbal Calgary Islamic School Dr. Naweed Syed Cumming School of Medicine
    Kailyn Cook William Aberhart High School Dr. Karen Benzies Nursing
    Mehul Gupta Sir Winston Churchill High School Dr. Gerald Pfeffer Cumming School of Medicine
    Mohammed Mustafa Robert Thirsk High School Dr. David Hansen Science
    Rohan Kumar Rundle College Jr. Sr. High School Dr. Satish Raj Cumming School of Medicine
    Sanchit Chopra Western Canada High School Dr. Susan Kutz Veterinary Medicine
    Tyler Keeling Springbank Community High School Dr. Michael Antle Arts
    Victor Tong Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School Dr. Mark Ungrin Veterinary Medicine
    Zeel Patel Webber Academy Dr. Nicole Letourneau Nursing

In March 2017 the University of Calgary received 153 applications for Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) awards. 

The University is pleased to announce the names of the 22 successful candidates:

  1. 2017 recipients

    Student Name:

    Student High School:

    HYRS Mentor:

    Mentor Faculty:

    Anchita Shonak

    The Renert School

    Dr. Roman Krawetz

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Arzina Jaffer

    Strathcona Tweedsmuir School

    Dr. Eduardo Cobo

    Veterinary Medicine

    Colette Benko

    St. Mary’s High School

    Dr. Aru Narendran

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Curtis Ostertag

    Springbank Community High School

    Dr. Walter Herzog

    Kinesiology

    Jordan Hassett

    Chestermere High School

    Dr. C. Adam Kirton

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Joseph Girgis

    St. Francis High School

    Dr. Alexander Whalley

    Arts

    Joshua Huang

    Sir Winston Churchill High School

    Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed

    Kinesiology

    Katherine Hovdestad

    Westmount Charter School

    Dr. Mark Ungrin

    Veterinary Medicine

    Katherine (Xinyu) Liang

    Western Canada High School

    Dr. Guang Yang

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Kayleigh Yang

    Western Canada High School

    Dr. Marc Poulin

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Kiran Sandhu

    Forest Lawn High School

    Dr. Mark Ungrin

    Veterinary Medicine

    Lexi Hill

    Rundle College Jr./Sr. High School

    Dr. Craig Jenne

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Mackenzie Aranas

    Hugh Sutherland School

    Dr. Susan Kutz

    Veterinary Medicine

    Michael Potemkin

    Westmount Charter School

    Dr. Tao Dong

    Veterinary Medicine

    Onbee Kim

    Robert Thirsk High School

    Dr. Susan Graham

    Arts

    Rachel Shuck

    Heritage Christian Academy

    Dr. Turin Tanvir Chowdhury

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Richard Peng

    Queen Elizabeth High School

    Dr. John Gilleard

    Veterinary Medicine

    Rosie Zhao

    Queen Elizabeth High School

    Dr. Campbell Rolian

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Sarah Lambros

    Springbank Community High School

    Dr. Gerald Pfeffer

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Simone Campbell

    John G. Diefenbaker High School

    Dr. Quan Long

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Srijal Gupta

    Robert Thirsk High School

    Dr. Sergei Noskov

    Science

    Talia Beckie

    St. Martin de Porres High School

    Dr. Aneal Khan

    Cumming School of Medicine

In March 2018 the University of Calgary received 106 applications for Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) awards. 

The University is pleased to announce the names of the 22 successful candidates:

  1. 2018 recipients

     

    Student Name:

    Student High School:

    HYRS Mentor:

    Mentor Faculty:

    Aaron Abraham

    Webber Academy

    Dr. Qingrun Zhang

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Abby Hawken

    Provost Public School

    Dr. Mark Ungrin

    Veterinary Medicine

    Allison Guthrie

    École Secondaire Notre Dame High School

    Dr. Mark Ungrin

    Veterinary Medicine

    Annabella Bregazzi

    Western Canada High School

    Dr. Susan Graham

    Arts

    Anuradha Baishnob

    Nelson Mandela High School

    Dr. Dawn Kingston

    Nursing

    Aryan Zawari

    Chestermere High School

    Dr. Steven Greenway

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Azin Dolatabadi

    Medicine Hat High School

    Dr. Laura Sycuro

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Emily Laycock

    Crescent Heights High School

    Dr. Kirsten Fiest

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Jackson Cooper

    William Aberhart High School

    Dr. Naweed Syed

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Julia Beaumont

    St. Francis High School

    Dr. Walter Herzog

    Kinesiology

    Katherine Yuan

    Western Canada High School

    Dr. Stephanie Borgland

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Maggie Thai

    John G. Diefenbaker High School

    Dr. Laura Curiel

    Schulich School of Engineering

    Mariam Ali

    West Island College (WIC)

    Dr. Faizal Abdul Careem

    Veterinary Medicine

    Mataea Armstrong

    W.H. Croxford High School

    Dr. Guang Yang

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Peter Gobran

    St. Francis High School

    Dr. Gerald Giesbrecht

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Serena Zhang

    Bishop Carroll High School

    Dr. Jiami Guo

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Shyla Bharadia

    Foundations for the Future Charter Academy (FFCA)

    Dr. Karen Benzies

    Nursing

    Simran Sandhu

    Renert School

    Dr. Derek Exner

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Sunaina Rangarajan

    Renert School

    Dr. Linda Duffett-Leger

    Nursing

    Thérèse Poulin

    William Aberhart High School

    Dr. Marc Poulin

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Ye-Jean Park

    Webber Academy

    Dr. Paul Mains

    Cumming School of Medicine

    Zainab Ali

    Westmount Charter High School

    Dr. Tanvir Turin Chowdhury

    Cumming School of Medicine