The W21C Initiative is led in partnership by UCalgary and Alberta Health Services. Both organizations are committed to achieving excellence in health care through innovations to clinical care, research, and education. Participation in the W21C builds on the longstanding tradition of collaboration between organizations working towards this goal.
Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2021
W21C offers a limited number of interdisciplinary summer studentships each year (based on available funding) to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to rigorous research practices and an interest in improving public health and health systems outcomes. Students who are currently enrolled in post-secondary programs are eligible to apply.
W21C Studentship Position Details:
- Summer studentships run from May to August.
- W21C summer students will be matched with a Principal Investigator, and will have the opportunity for mentorship and engagement with health care innovators at the University of Calgary.
- In addition to assisting in research activities, the students will participate in research learning workshops, conduct presentations, and receive support to submit their research to the annual public health conference (CASCH Conference).
- Please review the full W21C Summer Student job profile before submitting your application.
Application Deadline and Interview Process:
- If you are interested in pursuing a summer student position for the upcoming summer, please submit your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
- In your cover letter, please let us know if you have received scholarships or funding to support your summer research opportunities, or if you are applying to fulfill an internship or practicum as part of your program (and if this comes with partial or full funding).
- Deadline for submission is December 31, 2020 (for summer 2021).
- Qualified applicants will be contacted in late February 2021 for interviews.
For additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our 2020 Summer Students!
Kumel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Physiology from the University of Calgary. His interests in innovation and healthcare led him to then pursue a Masters of Biomedical Technology, which he is currently completing. During his undergrad he was involved in various research projects, from assessing physical activity levels in youth, up to the theoretical analysis of catalytic active sites in fuel cell reactions. This summer he will be working with the Human Factors team on the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Sociotechnical System (STS) analysis project. In his spare time, he volunteers at the hospital in the rehabilitation department assisting post-surgical patients. Kumel also enjoys playing a variety of sports, given his past experiences coaching tennis, and founding the Frisbee Club on campus, he is always eager to get active when given the chance.
Tuba has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a focus in biology and is currently completing her graduate studies in the Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT) program at the University of Calgary. She has a strong interest in research and was involved in studies focusing on prenatal depression in mothers and fathers during her undergraduate years at a lab formerly known as Healthy HEARTS Lab. She is currently volunteering at Advanced Cardiology as a research assistant, which is a clinic that aims to better predict heart failure events and reduce hospital costs associated with treating heart conditions. This summer, Tuba will be involved in various research tasks including literature reviews, chart reviews, patient and healthcare provider interviews, data collection and analysis. Outside of work Tuba is part of a Bollywood dance team and performs at various events including weddings and festivals. She also enjoys hiking, gaming and playing recreational sports.
Nour is completing her final year of Bachelor of Health Sciences, majoring in Health and Society at the University of Calgary. She is passionate about refugee health and volunteers with RISE for Health, the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth and Canadians for Safe Syrian Healthcare. In 2019, she joined the Refugee Health YYC program to pursue research with Dr. Gabriel Fabreau, MD. She completed a research project focused on the health impacts of family separations among resettled refugees in Canada. As a W21C summer student, Nour will be involved in a project characterizing the Canadian refugee health delivery system. Outside of work, she trains and competes with a professional hip-hop dance company.
Jenny Lee is going into her third year in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary. She has a passion in engineering and has competed in the Junior Design Challenge for both the Schulich Engineering Competition (SEC) and the Western Engineering Competition (WEC). This summer Jenny will be working with the W21C Human Factors team on the Improving Hand Hygiene project. When she isn’t busy with studying, engineering clubs, volunteering activities and work, she enjoys skiing, hiking and playing badminton with her friends.
Kathy completed her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (HSP) at Western University and is currently completing her master’s degree in Biomedical Technology at the University of Calgary. She has worked in various multi-disciplinary teams to interview key stakeholders and implement research-based solutions to solve issues from ageism in society, to the integration of persons with disabilities, and hunger in Calgary students. This summer she will be working with the W21C Human Factors team, working on the Antimicrobial Resistance – One Health Consortium project. Outside of school, Kathy devotes her time to co-founding a social enterprise called YYC Kitchen Connect, which aims to cultivate healthy eating communities in Calgary through mobile community kitchens. She also enjoys going to the Rockies with her pet Chihuahua.
Madeleine is completing her undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at Concordia University in Montreal. She hopes to obtain a medical degree following the completion of her bachelor’s degree. This summer, she looks forward to be working with Dr. Elissa Rennert-May, Dr. Jenine Leal, and Wrechelle Ocampo on a systematic review addressing the gap in knowledge surrounding surgical site infections following total knee and hip arthroplasties in the absence of prior decolonization by antibiotic regimens. During the school year Madeleine is a captain and midfielder for her university’s varsity soccer team, while also volunteering at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and for Big Brothers and Sisters of Montreal.
Syed is currently completing his undergraduate degree of Health Sciences, majoring in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Calgary. His research interests include mental health issues and the effects of pharmaceutical drugs on mental health. He has completed a research study alongside the Owerko Centre looking at sleep and its relation to ADHD symptoms, and has presented this study at the ACHRI 10th Anniversary Conference, as well as the Undergraduate Research Symposium. This summer, Syed will be supporting the Prevent CDI55+ team. Outside of work, Syed enjoys spending his time playing guitar and painting.