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Found out how you can get involved in the Verna J Kirkness Programs

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This is a truly Unique Experience!

Selection is based on the student’s essay which is their opportunity to talk about what they would like to do after completing grade 12 and how the Kirkness Program would help them make a choice regarding post secondary studies. The application also includes a reference letter from a teacher or counselor who indicates how the Kirkness Program would be of benefit to the student. Students will be chosen from across Canada to spend a week in a University research lab. With 2-4 students per lab, you will have someone your own age on this adventure with you! You will become a member of a research team for the week doing experiments and attending lab meetings. Successful applicants will be assigned to the university in their province. However, if you have volunteer experience involving science or engineering that is not offered in your home province, you may ask to be considered for a program outside of your home province.

Indigenous Student Centre

The University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, the University of Calgary, Queens University and University of Victoria, all have excellent Indigenous Student Centres that are great resources and staff to answer any questions you have on attending University. You and your fellow students will spend Monday morning of the Program at the Centre with Elders and staff.


Student Residence​

You will spend the week in a student residence on the campus and eat at one of the many food outlets on campus. This experience will help you to understand what it is like to live on a university campus.

We cover your Expenses

Successful applicants will have their meals, accommodations and travel expenses covered.

Your opportunity awaits!