High School Health Research Bursary Awards 2015 Competition

  • January 20, 2015
  • News

Hosted in partnership with

McMaster St. Joeseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Program Objectives

  • Designed for senior high school students interested in pursuing or accepted into a university or college level post-secondary studies in Health or Life Sciences.
  • Through a 7-week summer internship, youth become part of a research team and have the opportunity to conduct basic or clinical research activities within one of Hamilton’s internationally renowned research programs at Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
  • Upon completion of their internship, students have a better understanding of the research environment and education requirements, gain valuable research skills and techniques, as well as establish networking relationships they will carry forward throughout their academic studies.


Target Audience*

Senior High School Students in grades 11 and 12 interested in pursuing or accepted into a university or college level post-secondary science program. *if you are a healthcare professional interested in mentoring a student and providing a work placement, please visit the Mentor Information or contact Donna Catherwood.

Important Dates

    • April 24th Student Applications due
    • April 17th Mentor Applications due

Student and Mentor applications must be emailed to by 4pm on their respective due dates indicated above.

Program Overview

Hamilton Health Sciences Bursary Program is a province-wide program. Notifications are sent to all school boards across Ontario encouraging participation from their respective high schools. Work placements are in Hamilton, from June 29 through to August 14, 2015. Students will work regular workday hours Monday through Friday (excluding statutory holidays) between 8/9am to 4/5pm. Transportation or parking expenses (to and from placements) within Hamilton are covered for all students accepted into the program. Residency at McMaster University includes accommodations, meal plans, and transportation or parking expenses to and from work placements are available for accepted students residing outside of the following areas:

      • Grimsby/Beamsville
      • Dundas/Hamilton/Stoney Creek
      • Brantford
      • Burlington/Oakville

Application Requirements

Students are required to submit an application along with a 1,000-word essay, resume, academic transcript and letter of nomination from a science department head and/or teacher. Additionally, grade 12 students must include an acceptance letter from a recognized university or college for September 2015. For complete details on how to prepare and submit an application, please reference the Application Form.

Student Placements can be in any one of the following:

St. Joseph’s Healthcare HamiltonFather Sean O’Sullivan Research CentreMcMaster Immunology Research CentreKidney and Urinary ResearchInstitute for Infectious Diseases ResearchMental Health and Additions ResearchTransfusion Research ProgramRespiratory Medicine and Thoracic Surgery

Hamilton Health Sciences McMaster University St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) Farncombe Digestive Health Research Institute
Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI) McMaster Immunology Research Centre Kidney and Urinary Research
Escarpment Cancer Research Institute(ECRI) Institute for Infectious Diseases Research Mental Health and Additions Research
Offord Centre for Child Studies Transfusion Research Program Respiratory Medicine and Thoracic Surgery
Geriatric Education and Research
in Aging Sciences Centre (GERAS)
Clinical Research Clinical Laboratory (BioBank)

For more information or guidance with preparing and submitting a student or mentor application, please contact Donna Catherwood via email

Sponsorship Partners

Since its inception in 2004, the bursary program has grown thanks in part to the interest from our corporate partners and signatures sponsors Tripemco Burlington Insurance ( along with Aviva Traders and Economical Select. Over the past decade, they have contributed $126,000 toward this program, funding 98 students to date. We look forward to another successful year in 2015!