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Mentors needed for Online Research Co-op for high school students

The Online Research Co-op for high school students is looking for researchers, post-docs, Ph.D students, and possibly undergrads who are interested in mentoring high school students in different areas for science and engineering.

The Online Research Co-op for high school students is a unique course co-developed by the Science and Technology Cluster (Science.gc.ca), the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Journal of Student Science and Technology. It aims to help high school students transition to postsecondary education by matching highly motivated individuals, in grades 11 and 12, with top researchers. Students have opportunities to work on research projects and gain early exposure to careers in science and technology. You can see examples of past projects in this edition of the journal.

The course also allows participating scientists to mentor and shape the next generation of Canadian scientists through direct on-line contact. Over the course of the co-op, students are expected to work for about 90 hours. Mentoring scientists are expected to contribute about 10-12 hours of their time. Mentors can be located anywhere in Canada because the interactions take place online. Early exposure to research can have a large impact on the career direction of these students (for example, see the impressions of past co-op students on their website).

Contact Darius.Burzynski@ic.gc.ca for more information.

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