THE VERNA J. KIRKNESS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING EDUCATION PROGRAM
First Nation, Métis and Inuit Youth in Science and Engineering Initiative
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? Then click on the video above and listen to some 2016 Kirkness Program scholars on why and how you should apply.
The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program will be offered at the University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, University of Calgary, University of Ottawa and the First Nations University of Canada. Please return in October for an update on the 2018 Program dates.
This is a truly Unique Experience!
Students will be chosen from across Canada to spend a week in a University research lab. With 2 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.
In order for you to easily keep in touch with your new mentors and friends, you will also receive your own electronic tablet/notebook to take home with you.
Indigenous Student Centre
The University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, University of Calgary and University of Ottawa and First Nations University of Canada all have excellent Indigenous Student Centres that are great resources for any questions you have on attending University. You and your fellow students will spend a half a day at the Centre with Elders and staff.
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.
Areas of Research
A List of 2018 Faculty and Projects will be available in October of 2018. Current list of Faculty and Projects for the 2017 Program.
If you are interested in applying please see your teacher or school counsellor who will help you fill out the application and submit your completed application between January 2 and February 28, 2018.. Accepted applicants will be notified in March 2018.
Watch the videos of the students who attended the Program in previous years. Two videos are found on the opening page of the website and 3 more are on the program description page. If this looks like fun then:
Once you have completed the form save the file with your name and email the completed application form along with the reference letter (Step 2) and the consent form (Step 3) to Susan O’Brien at susan@vernajkirkness.
An incomplete application will not be considered.
Ask one of your teachers or guidance counsellors to provide a letter of reference.
The letter of reference should indicate that you have the interest and ability to attend college, university or other post-secondary school 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.
The reference should indicate how they know you and explain why you would be a good participant for this Program.
The letter of reference should be submitted along with your application to Susan O’Brien at susan@vernajkirkness.
A List of 2018 Faculty and Projects will be available in October of 2018. View list of Faculty and Projects for the 2017 Program.
On page 2 of your application indicate your preference for projects. We will try and match each student’s preference but this is not always possible. Applicants must be prepared to work in any laboratory that is assigned to them.
Your application, the letter of reference and the consent form must all be received no later than
February 28, 2018.
In March of 2018, someone from the Kirkness Program will contact you and your Parent or Guardian about the Program. Please provide accurate and complete contact information. 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.