Apply to attend The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program
Are you a First Nations, Métis or Inuit grade 11 high school student who wonders what it would be like to study science or engineering at University?
The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program will be offered at the University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, First Nations University of Canada, University of Manitoba, and the University of Ottawa on the following dates:
At the top of this page watch the video of the students who attended the Program in previous years. Additional videos are found on the opening page of the website and more are on the program description page.
Complete the student information and the parent/guardian teacher information in Parts 1 and 2 of the Application.
CHOOSE YOUR RESEARCH PROGRAM (Part 3)
Review the list of current faculty and research projects at http://www.vernajkirkness.org/application-form/research-areas/
List 3 research mentors/programs in order by preference. In most instances, students will attend the University closest to their physical address.
NOTE: We will try and match each student’s preference but this is not always possible. The sooner you apply the better chance you have of getting your research preference. Applicants must be prepared to work in any laboratory and University that they are assigned to.
Ask one of your teachers or guidance counsellors to provide a letter of reference (Part 4 of the application).
The letter of reference should indicate that you have the interest and ability to attend college, university or other post-secondary schools after graduation from grade 12 and that attending the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program would help you to decide what you would like to study.
Your reference should indicate how they know you and explain why you would be a good participant for this Program.
In a maximum of 400 (TYPED) words, please explain why you are interested in attending the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Program. Please include your volunteer experience. Applications with less than 50-word essays will not be considered. This essay is the most important part of the application!
NOTICE – EXTENSION OF APPLICATION DEADLINE TO FRIDAY MARCH 8, 2019
Once you have completed the form save the Word file with your name and email the completed application form along with the reference letter (Part 4) and the consent form (Part 6) to Susan O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 8, 2019.
In March of 2019, staff from the Kirkness Program will contact you and your Parent or Guardian about the Program. Provide accurate and complete contact information on the application. If we are unable to speak to your Parent or Guardian you will not be considered for acceptance into the Program. Please respond to all email correspondence promptly.