Please read through the following pages to get an idea of what it takes to be a WISEST Student Researcher. You can also read through past participants' personal reflections on their experience in the Program in the WISEST Journal of Student Research.
In order to work in a university laboratory, WISEST students must have at least an overall average of 85% in Grade 11 math and sciences courses. This doesn't mean that marks are everything for this program, but will be working with top class researchers who require a certain amount of knowledge and ability from you.
If accepted as a WISEST student you will be among the few who have the chance to try out research careers and ask questions of researchers. We therefore will expect you to commit 6 weeks of your summer experience with enthusiasm, a desire to learn and the drive to make the most of this amazing opportunity.
Number of Students
On average we have 50 to 60 students in the Summer Research Program. The number of positions is dependant upon the number of sponsorships that we have received. During the last few years we have been particularly fortunate with the support given by the community and have been able to have 60 students participate in the program.
Diversity of Students
It is a goal of WISEST to have students from as many different high schools as possible participate in the Summer Research Program. In order to help create this diversity we will limit the number of students accepted from any one high school. We expect our participants to return to their school and share their experience with friends, peers and teachers.
As a WISEST Student Researcher you will:
Learn about what is involved in different fields of study and your subsequent diverse career opportunities.
Meet and talk with mentors who are studying to be or are working as scientists, technologists or engineers.
Develop key skills (e.g. teamwork, communication, lab or field techniques, confidence) that will aid your post-secondary studies.
Explore your interests and talents and build a support network of link-minded peers.
Please Note: WISEST does not participate in the “Off-Campus Education Program”.
Don't have Math 20 (Pure)?
No worries! Alberta Education
recently changed their Math curriculum and Math 20 (Pure) is now called Math 20-1. That means: WISEST will accept your Math 20-1 mark where it says Math 20 (Pure) on your Summer Research Program application!
And just so you know, the same thing has happened to Math 30 (Pure) for the 2012 school year.