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 5 - August 13, 2021

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.

PIs and Supervisors are asked to consider how their project would translate into a virtual project. If you have questions, please contact

Deadline to apply: Proposals will open on March 15, 2021, and will close April 23, 2021.

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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.
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 Commitment
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 (virtual format)

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


  • Mentoring Opportunities:
    July 15,12:00 -1:00 p.m., AND/OR July 27, 12:00 -1:00 p.m. AND/OR August 3, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.
  • Role Model Panels:
    Monday, July 12, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 22, July 12, 12:00 - 1:30 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 discussions with Role Models about how these professionals have approached their careers and lives.

Important Notice about Role Model Panel/Mentorship Opportunities

WISEST is still considering whether the program will be run in-person or virtually (at this time, it is likely the program will be virtual). If the program will be virtual, rather than hosting the traditional Networking Fair, we will be facilitating a number of mentorship and role model opportunities for students to participate in. There will be two categories available throughout the summer: Mentor Opportunities and Role Model Panel Opportunities.

  • Virtual Mentor Opportunities: These one-hour sessions will include a small group of students who will inquire about your education and career path. A moderator will be available to help keep the conversation flowing. 
  • VIrtual Role Model Panel: These one-hour sessions will involve you and a few other role models as panellists, answering questions from a small group of students during the first 30 minutes (approximately). During the last 30 minutes, each student will have the opportunity to interact with a single mentor from the panel.


Lab/Industry Tours

Who: Principal investigators, graduate and PhD students, lab assistants, researchers in industry

When: Wednesday, July 14, 12:00 -1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, 12:00 -1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 28, 12:00 -1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 4, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

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

Important Notice about Virtual Lab/Industry Tours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are offering the opportunity for virtual lab/industry tours. If you are interested in showing our students your workspace (virtually) and talking about what types of research/work take place and the potential careers involved, we invite you to sign up for a Virtual Tour.

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: TBD

Industry Tours Off-Campus

Who: Any industry partner in the community

When: Virtual Lab/Industry Tours: Wednesday, July 14, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 28, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 4, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

What: If you would like to invite students to tour your facility and see what STEM careers look like in action, we would love for you to contact us.  Each year we offer students the opportunity to tour different research labs and facilities off-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. In 2021, we are also considering “virtual tours” as an option. If interested, please see the lab tour information and sign up form above or email