Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Training Award

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Summary

SCN Undergraduate Research Training Awards are for a single four-month work term from May 1, 2014 – Aug 31, 2014

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

The SCN Undergraduate Research Training provides $5,000 in salary support for an undergraduate student to work on a stem cell-focused research project in the lab of a SCN PI over one four-month work terms (May 1, 2014 – Aug 31, 2014). In addition, the SCN Undergraduate Research Training award also covers the travel and accommodation costs for the student to present their research at the 2014 Till & McCulloch Meetings on October 27-29, 2014 in Ottawa. The TMM2014 travel award is contingent on the undergraduate student submitting an abstract for presentation (oral or poster) at the Meetings.

 

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a Canadian university.  Applicants must be in the second, third or fourth year of their undergraduate program. 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 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 students the opportunity to obtain significant hands-on experience in stem cell research through a summer work placement in the laboratories of SCN PIs. Furthermore, attendance at the Till & McCulloch Meeting 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 these awards is to prepare undergraduate students – with a demonstrated interest in stem cell research – for post-graduate training in stem cell research.

Acceptance of the SCN undergraduate research training award is conditional upon a commitment from both the SCN PI and the student co-applicant that the student will complete one four-month work term (May 1, 2014 – Aug 31, 2014) in the lab of the sponsor SCN PI. The value of the Undergraduate Research Training award is $5,000 paid out in one installment to the Supervisor’s institution.

At the conclusion of the placement, the student is required to submit a short description of the experience and its impact on his/her career choice by completing the End of Award Form (a template will be e-mailed to the trainee in mid-August). In the event that the award has to be terminated in advance of the award end date, the student will be expected to complete the Terminating Award Form (form available upon 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.

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

Last updated: February 2014