Funding Opportunities

SCN Co-op Award

 

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Summary

The SCN is currently accepting applications for this spring competition up until the application deadline on March 6, 2014 (at midnight sender’s time).

The SCN Co-op awards provides $10,000 in salary support for an undergraduate co-op student to work on a stem cell-focused research project in the lab of a SCN PI over two four-month work terms (which may be contiguous), which MUST occur between the period of April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015 (applications with a proposed end date after March 31, 2015 will not be considered in this competition). In addition, the SCN Co-op awards also covers the travel and accommodation costs for the student to present their research at the upcoming 2014 Till & McCulloch Meetings (TMM2014) in Ottawa on October 27-29, 2014. The TMM2014 travel award is contingent on the awardee submitting an abstract for presentation (oral or poster) at the Meetings.

 

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be working towards their undergraduate degree at a Canadian university enrolled in a co-operative program for the entire duration of their two work terms.  Awardees cannot be enrolled in a graduate program at any point while holding this award.
  • Candidates' proposed supervisors for the work term placement must be SCN Principal Investigators (PIs) - click here for a list of current SCN PIs. Note: A SCN PI can host an undergraduate/co-op student from a different institution other than his/her own.
  • SCN PIs may only submit one application.  A SCN PIs may only train one recipient of a SCN Research Training Award (Undergraduate Research Training Award, Co-op Award, Social Sciences Summer Student Award OR Clinical Student Research Training Award) at any one time.
  • Research project must clearly fall within the SCN mission and be collaborative in nature.

 

Specific Terms of the Award

The intent of this award is to provide undergraduate co-op students the opportunity to obtain meaningful hands-on experience in stem cell research through work placements in the laboratories of SCN PIs. Furthermore, attendance at the 2014 Till & McCulloch Meetings will provide students with the unique opportunity to have attended and presented at a national scientific meeting prior to beginning their graduate training.  Ultimately, the objective of the SCN Co-op award is to prepare undergraduate students, with a demonstrated interest in stem cells, for post-graduate training in stem cell research.

Acceptance of the SCN Co-op award is conditional upon a commitment from both the SCN PI and the student co-applicant that the student will (1) complete two four-month work terms, and (2) complete both work terms in the lab of the sponsor SCN PI.  Co-op students are eligible to utilize this funding in two four-month work terms (which may or may not be contiguous) as specified by the student’s co-op program requirements between the period of April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015 (applications with a proposed end date after March 31, 2015 will not be considered in this competition).

The value of the SCN Co-op award is $10,000 paid out in two installments to the Supervisor’s institution.  The first installment, in the amount of $3,500, will be paid out at the beginning of the first work term. The second and final installment, in the amount of $6,500, will be paid out at the beginning of the second work term (to begin no later than Dec 1, 2014).  Note that despite the discrepancy in installments paid by the SCN, the student is expected to be paid a salary of at least $5,000 for each four-month work term.

At the conclusion of the placement, the student will be expected to submit a short description of the experience and its impact on his/her career choice by completing the End of Award Form (sent to the trainee towards the end of his/her final work term). In the event that the award has to be terminated in advance of the award end date (e.g.; student left the undergraduate program), the student will be expected to complete the Terminating Award Form (sent to trainee on request by the SCN PI) and any remaining SCN funds will have to be returned. Supervisors will be eligible for future awards only after the Network has approved the trainee’s final report.

 

Application Procedure

  • Provide a support letter from your proposed supervisor. Note: this letter should be confidential and sent directly by your supervisor to SCN by post or email.
    Include complete contact address, phone number and email address. This letter should provide an evaluation of the applicant's capacity to perform in the laboratory and his/her career potential. The letter should include an explanation for anything unusual in the application (low grades, year off, etc.).
  • Provide a second support letter from either your previous/present supervisor (if applicable) or a University official (e.g., lecturer, lab coordinator). Note: this letter should be confidential and sent directly by your supervisor/official to SCN by post or email.
    Include complete contact address, phone number and email address. This letter should provide an evaluation of the applicant's capacity to perform in the laboratory and/or information regarding the applicant's ability to undertake a research project, and his/her career potential.
  • Provide your undergraduate transcript.
    Original transcripts are not required - a legible copy or e-mail print-out is acceptable, so long as it shows every grade received from all undergraduate courses taken.
  • Provide a letter from your Co-op program confirming your enrollment in a co-op program at a Canadian university.

All letters should be signed either electronically or by hand. All documents should be converted to .pdf files.

All correspondence, including application submission, should be addressed to info@stemcellnetwork.ca.

If you are not able to submit your application by email, please courier to:

Rebecca Cadwalader
Stem Cell Network
501 Smyth Road, Room CCW-6189
Ottawa K1H 8L6
Tel: 613-739-6672

Last updated: February 2014