Volunteer for the 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!

Summer Research Program Volunteer Opportunities - July & August, 2018


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


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 participate within the science, engineering and technology fields and while the young men experience less-traditional fields such as nursing, human ecology or nutrition. Learn more about becoming a supervisor by clicking HERE

When:  July 4 - August 15, 2018

2018 Supervisor and Principal Investigator Proposal forms coming soon! Please contact us with any questions at wisest@ualberta.ca.

Role Models

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

high school students networking with mentors

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 disucssion with Role Models about how these professionals have approached their career and lives.

When:  Friday August 11, 2017 (1:00 - 4:00 pm)

Sign up to volunteer as a Role Model!

Lab Tours

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

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.

When:  Friday July 28, 2017 (two 45 minute tours to occur between 1:30 - 4:30 pm)

Thank you, our Volunteer needs for Lab Tours has been met for 2017!

Tour Escorts:
All students and staff (undergrads are welcome to sign up for this position)

What: You will guide students to various locations on campus and have the opportunity to tour some amazing research facilities.

Volunteer link coming soon.

WISEST 101 Session

Who:  Former WISEST Summer Research Program (SRP) students.

What:  Are you a former WISEST SRP student who wants to share your experience with this year's participants? Sign up to volunteer as a panelist to answer any questions that our new student researchers have! The purpose of this session is to connect new SRP students with previous program participants so that they can learn from the experiences of former students, gain more confidence for their labs, and be prepared to make the most of the program.

When:  Wednesday, July 5, 2017 (1:00 - 3:00 PM)

Sign up to volunteer for WISEST 101!

UofA Q&A Session

Who:  Undergraduate and graduate students

What:  We need undergrad and graduate students to act as the panelists and share their UofA 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:  Friday July 14, 2017 (2:30-4:00 pm)

Sign up to volunteer for UofA Q&A!

Subscribe to our Newsletter (email wisest@ualberta.ca) to stay informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities with WISEST.