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Research Posters Wanted! Poster Reception @ UofA June 21, 2016

CANHEIT | HPCS 2016 is coming to the Unviersity of Alberta this June 19-22 and is seeking poster submissions for a showcase of Canadian leadership, insights and projects driving advancements in research and discovery in all disciplines and sectors. 

As part of CANHEIT | HPCS 2016's overall theme of "Shaping the Digital Landscape", poster submissions are welcomed in all topics areas, including:
  • research projects in any discipline;
  • applications of Advanced Research Computing in any discipline; and
  • technology in teaching, learning, and administration.
We've extended the submission deadline to May 13, 2016!

Don't miss this opportunity to share your projects and insights with Canada’s largest gathering of advanced research computing experts and campus IT leaders! 

The posters will be on display during the conference, with a special Research Poster Reception on Tuesday, June 21(5:00 - 6:00 pm) where you can present your work to delegates and we'll award a prize to the top posters.

A list of suggested poster topics can be found on the event website. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the CANHEIT | HPCS 2016 organizers.




The University of Alberta is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) Program. This program will be administered through the WISEST office.


***IMPORTANT NOTE: Application to the HYRS program is completely separate from application to the WISEST Summer Research Program. Applications for each of these programs will be independently evaluated. HYRS will not be accepting applications for the WISEST Summer Research Program, nor will the WISEST Summer Research Program be accepting applications for the HYRS program. If applicants wish to apply to both, then they must make a separate application for each program***




What is HYRS?

The HYRS Program is a six-week consecutive program that runs each year at the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge. HYRS accepts both young men and women who are currently registered in Grade 11 at an Alberta high school. This program will provide highly motivated students with a unique hands-on experience in biomedical and health research in University labs. At the University of Alberta, HYRS students will join with WISEST students in laboratory safety sessions, professional development training sessions, mentoring sessions with highly successful academic, industry and government researchers and will tour research facilities on campus and off campus in industry. At the end of the summer all students will present their work at a Celebration of Research attended by sponsors, laboratory personnel, government officials, family and friends. Past students have described this experience as life changing. 


The 2016 HYRS program at the University of Alberta will run:

  • July 5 to August 16, 2016

The application deadline is April 29, 2016.

Only students whose residence is north of Red Deer should apply to the HYRS program at the University of Alberta.

At the University of Alberta, HYRS students will:

  • Participate in hands-on research with AIHS-funded researchers
  • Work with members of the researcher's team
  • Work on projects which may include:
  • Cardiovascular research
  • Neuroscience
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Epidemiology
  • Bioengineering
    • Work in research areas on the cutting edge of science that are not yet in textbooks

However, HYRS is much more than laboratory research! Additional activities include:

  • Professional development sessions such as leadership, the art of networking, professional writing, designing and presenting a poster
  • Networking with highly successful mentors working in related careers
  • Field trips to research facilities on campus and off campus
  • Teacher Appreciation Day where each student’s science teacher(s) joins him/her a day on campus
  • Exploration of an Alberta university campus
  • Meet other students with similar interests and develop life-long friendships
  • Present your research poster at the Celebration of Research on August 16th



What role do science teachers play in HYRS?

AIHS depends on science teachers to:

  • Pass on the news about HYRS to their highly motivated students
  • Encourage them to apply
  • Provide a strong reference - a key part of the adjudication process
  • To participate in Teacher Appreciation Day held in conjunction with the Celebration of Research on August 16th. This offers teachers the opportunity to meet with fellow teachers, top biomedical and health researchers, to learn about leading edge research and to see their students’ research posters at the Celebration of Research


How to Apply ​

To apply, please complete this application package.

What qualifications do students need? 

  • At least an 85% standing in each of Math 20-1 or 20-2, Biology 20, and one other grade 11 science course (grade 12 courses will not be considered for eligibility to the HYRS Program)
  • An essay demonstrating interest in biomedical and health research
  • Three reference forms completed by two science teachers (or one science teacher and one math teacher) and a community member who is not related to you and who is outside of your high school
  • Successful applicants must give a presentation about their HYRS experiences to a grade 11 high school science class after their HYRS experience
  • A willingness to commit to a continuous six-week period in the summer; there will be no modification of the schedule to allow for student vacations, participation in competitions, or to collect awards


How much does HYRS cost?

  • There is no charge to HYRS students.
  • HYRS students will receive a stipend of $2,500 for six weeks
  • Alberta students living outside Edmonton may apply for a limited number of student housing bursaries based on financial need

All students will be responsible for meals, travel and entertainment costs

When is the deadline for applications?


Mail (or drop off) your fully completed application to this address:


295 CAB

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB   T6G 2G1



At the University of Alberta, the Heritage Youth Researcher Summer Program is administered by the Vice-President Research Office through the WISEST Office. If you have question about the 2016 HYRS program, please contact wisest@ualberta.ca.

2016 Summer Research Program

Thank you for your interest in the WISEST Summer Research Program (July 5th to August 16th).  Your application will consist of two parts (PLEASE READ before you begin):

1) Online Application - The Online Application is where you will begin your application process.  This is where you give us your personal information, background, interests, and other details that are required. Please click, here, for the link to the online application.

2) Supporting Documents - We will require that you send in several supporting documents to finalize your application.  These include two teacher references (click, here, for link to teacher reference document) in sealed envelopes, school transcripts to verify your grades, and a personal essay (500-700 words, type-written, double spaced).  Details of what to include in your essay are also available on our website.

Supporting Documents:

  1. Student Introduction and Checklist (available, here).
  2. Teacher Information Letter (available, here).
  3. Teacher Reference Form (available, here).
  4. WISEST Student Application & Checklist (available, here).

Both parts of your application must be complete and submitted to WISEST so that it is received no later than 4 pm on April 22nd, 2016.  All Supporting Documents (references, transcripts and essay) must be originals and mailed to WISEST (no faxes or emails will be accepted). Please mail all Supporting Documents in ONE PACKAGE (no separate references, transcripts or essay):

295 CAB
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB   T6G 2G1



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