Educate . Innovate . Publish
The state of youth research has been dismal in recent years, with a lack of opportunities for students to get involved in higher level scientific inquiry, or an absence of tangible outcomes for these students. In the rare cases that students are afforded the chances to get involved, they struggle to develop the skills or experience for future success, while losing interest in research and scientific inquiry. As such, the primary aim of Youreka is to elevate the level of scientific engagement in the Calgary youth community, by actively bringing enthusiastic students, powerful research and knowledgeable mentors together.
Youreka Canada runs a one-of-a-kind program that takes students all the way from the conception of a research project to the formation of academic manuscripts, posters and presentations. Students enrolled in our 10 week program have the opportunity to work with real clinical data as well as a host of programs and software used in the research setting, to complete their very own bioinformatics project in the area of cancer research. At the end of our program, not only have students completed their very own publishable project, but have also learned a great deal about cancer biology, statistics and research as a whole. Our focus on developing and involving students in academically rigorous projects means that participating in the Youreka Canada program will yield both a better understanding of the health sciences as well as the tangible outcomes that students are often denied.
Much more than an internship or matching program, Youreka has worked closely with faulty to design a curriculum that is scientifically valid as well as a powerful teaching tool for students interested in the health sciences. We hope that by taking research out of the lab and into the hands of students across Canada, we can enhance the learning of passionate students while delivering the results that they need.