Summer Research Program

The WISEST Summer Research Program would not be possible without the support and dedication of our fabulous volunteers. There are many ways to get involved and inspire a young mind!


Who: Principal investigators, graduate and PhD students, lab assistants

When: July 2 - August 13, 2020

What: Each year WISEST invites research labs on campus to supervise a WISEST student researcher for 6 weeks. This is an opportunity for you to share your passion for research and your scientific know-how with grade 11 students who want to explore diverse fields of study in science, engineering and technology. Students are paid research assistants who are supervised by a principal investigator or by a member of a research team while contributing to a research project in the lab or in the field. Young women and non-binary students participate within the science, engineering and technology fields, while the young men experience less-traditional fields such as nursing, human ecology or nutrition.

Deadline to apply: Proposals will open on March 1, 2020, and will close April 24, 2020. Please check back soon!

Once you submit a proposal, WISEST will contact you to discuss details and see if your project would be a good fit for a student researcher.
  • Field Work
    WISEST students are permitted to conduct field work provided that Supervisors communicate field activity through our Field Activity Communication Plan procedures and ensure that all students are accompanied by a Supervisor of the same gender whenever off-campus.
  • Safety
    All student researches will have completed WHIMIS and Biosafety training prior to beginning their work term. Even if this training is not applicable to your research we require all students to complete this because they will be touring other facilities and labs. All site specific safety training is the responsibility of the research team and WISEST will work with you and EH&S to ensure that all safety requirements are met. WISEST also has a detailed emergency response procedure that it shares with all Supervisors.
  • Time Committment
    The WISEST Summer Research Program runs for 6 weeks in July and August. WISEST asks all of our students to be 100% committed during this time and we ask that research teams ensure that they are also 100% committed to their WISEST student researcher. This means ensuring that someone is always available to supervise and mentor your student throughout his or her work term.
  • What to Expect from your WISEST Student Researcher
    Please keep in mind that the Student Researchers are not equivalent to graduate students or technicians, but they can contribute to on-going research in the lab, be a positive and inspiring presence in the research group, and in turn be encouraged to pursue their interests in fields where they may have had little exposure to role models. Sometimes students can start off a bit shy but often as their understanding of research and experience increases they will become a more confident and self-assured individual. Seeing and contributing to this transformation is a very rewarding experience for Supervisors!

Role Models - Networking Fair

Who: Women in science, engineering or technology fields or women pursuing graduate or PhD studies

When: July 24, 2020 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

What: Share your career and life experiences as a woman in your field of science, engineering or technology and help young women to discover the range of diverse careers possible in these fields by volunteering to be a Role Model. Role Models engage with Summer Research Program participants in our annual Networking Fair to share their educational and career experiences. This is an opportunity for students to learn about diverse careers in SET and to meet with real women who work in these fields. Role Models receive information before the Networking Fair via email and are also invited for a coffee hour for an opportunity to network with other Role Models. The students often tell us that this seminar is one of their favourite experiences because they engage in discussion with Role Models about how these professionals have approached their career and lives.


Lab Tours

Who: Principal investigators, graduate and PhD students, lab assistants

When: Wed., July 15, 2020, or Wed., July 29, 2020

What: If you are currently conducting some cool and cutting-edge research in your lab then WISEST would love for you to share it with our student researchers! Each year we offer students the opportunity to tour different research labs and facilities on campus. This exposes students to a diverse range of research and opens their eyes to the numerous potential educational and career pathways that are available to them. If interested, please contact

U of A Q & A Session

Who: Undergraduate and graduate students

What: We need undergrad and graduate students to act as the panelists and share their U of A experience. Volunteers should be currently enrolled in a science, technology, engineering or math related program and be prepared to answer questions from grade 11 students who are eager to learn about University life. The session could involve giving advice on selecting courses, how to apply, what to expect regarding admissions, what it's like to be an undergraduate student on campus, etc.

When: Wed., July 22, 2020, 11:45 am. - 1:15 pm.

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