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Who Can Apply

The Summer Research Program is for students who have completed Grade 11 and are heading into Grade 12 the next school year.

  • We accept applicants from young women and non-binary students interested in science, engineering and technology fields and from young men interested in nursing, human ecology and nutrition fields.
  • Students from anywhere in Alberta can apply.
  • Out of province students are welcome to inquire about applying to the program by contacting wisest@ualberta.ca.

How to Apply

  1. Provide your personal information and answer some questions about why you want to be a WISEST Student Researcher.
  2. Submit two teacher references, a personal essay (a video/audio file), and current transcripts.
  3. Pay the 1-time application fee of $25. This payment can be made online using our OpenCart system (a link will be sent to you upon completing the online application form). For certain students, there is an option to have the fee waived at the end of the application process, based on financial circumstances.

Transcript Details

Please provide us with both of the following to meet your transcript requirements:

  • A transcript which shows all of your high school grades. This could be:
    • A detailed Academic Report from the Government of Alberta, or
    • An official School Transcript showing all of you high school grades
  • Your current interim marks for the classes you are currently in. This can be printed off of your online school portal. If your current interim marks are listed as 'in progress', please talk to your teacher or school administrator prior to contacting the WISEST office.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply to the Summer Research Program, including submitting all supporting documents, is 12:00 pm, Friday, April 3, 2020.  Applications submitted before the deadline are appreciated.

Selection Process

  • 1. Available Seats
    The number of successful applicants can vary each year depending on the number of seats that WISEST has available for the program. This depends largely on funding and the ability of researchers to take on students in their labs. Typically WISEST has been able to accommodate 40-60 students each summer.
  • 2. School Representation
    WISEST strives to have students from as many different high schools as possible so that our program has a diversity of students. Thus, the number of students accepted from any one high school might be limited depending on how many schools have students that apply.
  • 3. Grade Requirements
    Applicants must demonstrate an average of 85% or higher in their math and science courses. This is the minimum grade requirement to ensure that our students are successful in their lab placement. Grades are not considered beyond meeting this 85% average minimum.
  • 4. Commitment
    Applicants must be willing to fully commit to the entire 6 weeks of the program (no holidays or conflicting commitments).
  • 5. Personal Response 

    A personal response must be submitted by email to WISEST. You can choose to submit a response in written essay form between 500-700 words, typed in 12 point Calibri font or through other media ie) video (.mp4) or podcast (.mp3) no longer than 5 minutes in length.  Ensure you submit an appropriate media file, if we can’t open the file we cannot review it. These media will only be used for screening applications.

    What does the response need to address? We want you to show us your personality and make sure you address 3 or 4 of these themes in your response.

    a) Why have you applied to participate?
    b) How will participation in the Summer Research Program strengthen your commitment to exploring fields of study and career options where your gender is underrepresented?
    c) How do you imagine your grade 12 self will be different after participating in the program?
    d) Why do you think research is important?
    e) What personal attributes do you have that will make you successful in this program?
    f) What do you hope to learn by being in the program?
    g) What does success in the program look like to you?

  • 6. Teacher References
    Each student must submit two letters of reference from their science or math teachers. WISEST provides an online reference form for teachers to fill out.
  • 7. Open Mind
    This is an extremely important evaluation criteria for the selection committee. It is important that students remember that this program is designed to help students explore diverse careers in science, engineering and technology and to consider fields in which their gender is typically underrepresented. Students who have a love of science and a desire to learn about new possibilities and future career paths are the most successful in this program.