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Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students

The Summer Awards Program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue summer research projects supervised by GlycoNet Network Investigators.

Eligibility

The supervisor must be a GlycoNet Investigators. Requirements for students are as the following:

  • Undergraduate student (Canadian or international) registered full time in an undergraduate science degree program at the time of application
  • May not hold higher degrees or be registered in an undergraduate professional program (MD, DDS, etc.)
  • May not hold an NSERC-USRA concurrently with this award
  • Can hold a maximum of two Summer Awards during their undergraduate program

Funding Available

Each award is valued at $5,500 for 16 consecutive weeks of full time employment, with supervisors supplementing the award to a value of at least 25% from other sources (total of at least $6875/student/summer). Twelve awards will be available each year.

How to Apply

The application must be initiated by the undergraduate student through the GlycoNet Forum. Please visit the Forum Help & FAQ page should you have any questions regarding obtaining a forum account.

After logging into the forum, the application form can be found in the “My Awards” tab. Supervisors will be able to complete their sections once the student applicant indicates their “Proposed Supervisor” on the application form. A complete application includes:

  • Applicant profile (completed by the student through the Forum)
  • Scanned copy of current official university transcripts (uploaded by the student as a PDF)
  • Project description (completed by the supervisor through the Forum)
  • Maximum 1-page signed letter of support from the applicant’s proposed supervisor, speaking to the student’s research potential and interest in the glycomics field (uploaded by the supervisor as a PDF)

Application Deadline

Deadline for application is February 1 each year.

Uploaded applications will be reviewed by the GlycoNet Training Committee. The final decisions will be emailed to the applicants and their supervisors. Selection will be based on the student’s academic record, research potential, the anticipated benefits of the project to the student, and alignment of the project with one of GlycoNet’s research themes. Successful applicants will be required to complete a final report within one month of the end of their award.

I’m learning beyond research.

I learned to encourage my team and became more organized. Research is not only about successes, but also about all the failures that contribute to new discoveries. Being positive and being able to deal with unexpected results while maintaining the right attitude is important. The project I started with Eddie is still ongoing, but I am proud of what we have accomplished in just one year.

Alena Pratasouskaya

Master's Student, Wilfrid Laurier University
Marco - Glyconet Intern

Getting connected through collaborations.

The research exchange program has allowed me to evolve as a researcher, providing me with the skills and knowledge to tackle specific questions by using computational methods. The collaboration has also yielded a publication in Nature Communications, paving the way for future fruitful collaborations.

Marco Farren-Dai

PhD student, Simon Fraser University

Consolidating my knowledge.

The Summer Award helped me understand the interplay between chemistry and biology while conducting research in the Withers Lab at the University of British Columbia. The funding allows me to treat my learning as a job and get excited by my contributions to the lab’s research.

Andrew Jeong

Undergraduate summer researcher, University of British Columbia

Advanced Training Opportunity Program (ATOP) was exceptional.

The ATOP training program was a unique opportunity to develop my writing and management skills. As a postdoctoral fellow, I was familiar with writing scientific publications and supervising undergraduate students, but not with writing a project description nor the sections related to budget or training personnels in a grant proposal. I also never had to go through the process of interviewing a student for the project. The ATOP program offered the perfect conditions to teach senior HQP how project are administered and I feel more prepared for a future career as a Principal Investigator.

Dr. François Le Mauff

Postdoctoral fellow, McGill University

Putting knowledge into practice.

After studying genetics for five years at the undergraduate level, I am finally getting the chance to see the techniques I have learned about in action and to experiment with DNA myself. Gaining experiences like performing genotyping will certainly help prepare me for the career I hope for as a genetic counsellor.

Natasha Osawa

MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba

Making direct impact on real-world problems.

Through my summer research experience, I have explored various aspects of research where I actually got the opportunity to apply the skills that I can only learn about in school. Not only this, I was able to use these skills to help make a direct impact on real-world problems. To see families who are affected by the diseases we are studying come to our lab and personally thank us is truly an experience that cannot be put into words. My experience has filled me with inspiration and motivation that would have otherwise not been possible were it not the contributions GlycoNet made.

Harry Wu

Software Developer, DivergentSoft Technology Group Inc.

Every teacher should do this.

I wish that every teacher could have the opportunity to participate in the CMASTE-GlycoNet program for high school teachers, just because you get immersed in real science again.

Michelle Johnsrude

Biology Teacher and Science Department Head, Highroad Academy

Practical Professional Development Workshops.

How does one get creative in academic-based social media? The professional development workshop on “Cultivating Your Professional Online Presence” opened my eyes. I have been missing out on a lot of networking opportunities because I didn’t have a professional online presence. With all I learned from the workshop, I updated my LinkedIn profile and am looking into creating other academic platforms to track any publications of interest to my work.

Jennifer Crha

Scientific Sales Executive, Rapid Novor Inc.

Future-proof my career path.

My research project has focused on chemical syntheses. I make complex carbohydrates and study their structures, but I never see what happens after I make them. I usually just send them to my collaborator for downstream “biological experiments.” But while on exchange at the Whitfield lab, I actually learned to conduct these experiments. It has given me a new perspective, helping me understand the big picture. With experience in synthetic chemistry, and now with molecular biology, I was able to boost my knowledge and apply for a post-doctoral fellowship in neuroscience.

Dr. Bo-shun Huang

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Alberta

Internship made possible.

Industry is very different from academia. As an industrial intern, I acquired the necessary tools to transition into industry after I graduate. I also learned that I don’t have to stay in academia to work in research. In fact, from the internship, I found that working in the industry might be better suited for me because it’s faster-paced and more structured.

Katarina Mandic

Mitacs Intern, Mirexus Inc.

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