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.
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.
Applications for Summer 2021 is now closed
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 and conduct presentations.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
Meet our 2021 Summer Students!
Jillian is entering her third year of Information Design at Mount Royal University. Her focus is on the connection between communication and design, and is passionate about creating visual works that can clearly convey required information. She has worked on many related team projects, such as a promotional campaign for mental health awareness, branding a community, incorporating wayfinding methods into a building, and redesigning and creating a website. This summer Jillian looks forward to working on the Health Innovation Platform Partnerships Program to support digital health innovators and the Catalyst Program. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, baking, and traveling back home to Vancouver to see her family and their dog.
Anna completed her undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Alberta, during which she completed her undergrad thesis at the Cross Cancer Institute focusing on the disease Fanconi Anemia. Anna is currently completing her graduate studies in the Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT) program at the University of Calgary. As a W21C summer student, Anna will be working with the Human Factors team on the Antimicrobial Resistance project, focusing on the Canadian beef cattle industry. Outside of work, Anna is a book enthusiast and an avid hiker.
Duaa is entering her third year of Bachelor of Health Sciences, majoring in Health and Society at the University of Calgary. She has a deep interest in interdisciplinary approaches to social determinants of health, patient advocacy, and complex health-related topics. She previously worked as a research assistant for the SHRed Concussion research study at UCalgary’s Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre. This research focuses on preventing, detecting, and diagnosing concussions in high school athletes. In 2021, she joined Dr. Sachin Pendharkar, MD, to pursue research centered on improving patient experience and outcomes for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. As a W21C summer student, Duaa will be conducting a wait times and cost comparison between urban and rural OSA patients in Alberta. This comparison will address the challenges of delivering high-quality care to patients in geographically dispersed communities. Outside of work, Duaa enjoys spending her time playing a variety of different sports with her friends.
Cindy completed her undergraduate degree, a double major in Microbiology and Human Biology and minor in English, her medical degree, and residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Toronto. After working for a few years, Cindy paused to raise her family, and is currently completing a Communications degree, majoring in Information Design, at Mount Royal University. This summer she will be working with the W21C Human Factors team on the Antimicrobial Resistance – One Health Consortium project that seeks to incorporate knowledge from Sociotechnical Systems analysis in knowledge products that educate and effect behavioural change. When she is not studying, working or raising her kids, Cindy enjoys reading, watching movies with her kids, playing the piano and guitar, and working towards her black belt in karate.
Richard is going into his third year of Bachelor of Science in Integrated Engineering at UBC Vancouver, with a combination of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering as well as a minor in Physics. He previously completed a diploma in mechanical engineering technology with a specialization in robotics and automation. Richard has been in the physical product design industry for the last five years, having worked on multiple products ranging from biomedical devices to electric vehicle charging systems developed by various start-up ventures in Calgary, Tel Aviv and New York. He previously founded the Canadian operations of Israel based Tikkun Olam Makers, bringing together the first 72 hour Makeathon in Calgary. This summer, Richard will be working on the Interactive Hand Hygiene project. Outside of work he is deploying a STEM program for indigenous students in collaboration with the Tsuut’ina Nation and Telus Spark. The focus is on building traditional archery bows while incorporating the associated physics, math and traditional storytelling.
Maya is entering her third year of Information Design with a minor in Social Innovation at Mount Royal University. She has a passion for improving the patient experience and creating a healthcare system that is person focused and not just disease care. She has volunteered as a patient advisor for numerous years and was an intern with Alberta Health Service’s Design Lab team. Maya will be working on the Drone project, intersecting her passion of health, healthcare delivery and her academic background. In her spare time, Maya can be found outside, often hiking, skiing or enjoying the fresh air with her dog Dyna.
- Kumel Amjad, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Physiology and was completing his master’s degree in Biomedical Technology, both being at the University of Calgary.
- Tuba Bukhari, Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a focus in biology and was completing her graduate studies in the Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT) program at the University of Calgary.
- Nour Hassan, was completing her final year of Bachelor of Health Sciences, majoring in Health and Society at the University of Calgary.
- Jenny Lee, was entering her third year in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary.
- Kathy Liu, completed her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (HSP) at Western University and was completing her master’s degree in Biomedical Technology at the University of Calgary.
- Madeleine McKenzie, was completing her undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at Concordia University in Montreal.
- Syed Rizvi, was completing his undergraduate degree of Health Sciences, majoring in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Calgary.