High School

Students in high school need to decide the future of the education and career paths they want to pursue. To help prepare students in answering these important decisions, WISEST offers programs and resources that encourage students to explore their interests in STEM fields.

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For High School Teachers

SET Conference

This fun and interactive one-day conference takes place in November, and provides participants with opportunities to learn that there is more to science than medicine, more to engineering than building bridges, and more to technology than sitting behind a computer screen. This conference is open to young women and non-binary students in grades 10 to 12, who will engage in hands-on activities, meet role models, and discover diverse career paths.

Summer Research Program (SRP)

This 6-week paid summer internship program runs in July and August, and offers students in Grade 11 opportunities to gain experience in fields considered less "traditional" for their gender identity. Female and non-binary students are placed in a STEM project where they complete a research project and participate in a series of professional development sessions. We also have a few placements for male students who are demonstrate a genuine interest in nursing, nutrition and/or human ecology.

If you have been asked to provide a reference for the SRP program, please complete and submit the Teacher Reference Form.

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students

WISEST is committed to increasing representation for all marginalized groups in STEM, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students (FNMI), and we encourage students identifying as FNMI to participate in all of the programs and services we offer.

Specifically, we offer opportunities for indigenous students to receive career mentorship from indigenous role models in programs and events (e.g., SRP and SET Conference). We have also partnered with the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program to empower FNMI students in grades 11 and 12 to pursue STEM education and careers.

School & Event Partnerships

To request our participation in Career Days or Girls in STEM Days, contact wisest.outreach@ualberta.ca.