Mentoring Opportunities for Youth

mentoring-opportunities1 Mentorship opportunities are available through two highly successful youth programs designed to expose young people to a career in Health and Life Sciences. Programs invite province-wide participation, attracting students from greater-Hamilton, the golden horseshoe and the south-west and north-east regions of southern Ontario.

High School Health Research Bursary Awards

Work placement: July 2 to August 16, 2019

Mentor application deadline: March 29, 2019

Currently in its 16th year, this program connects some of Ontario’s top science students with Hamilton senior Researchers over a 7-week work placement. The program is designed to expose high-school students to a career in health research by providing hands-on experience in a research environment. To date, 102 of the 155 past participants have pursued a career in Health or Life Sciences and many are building a career in research with funding and publishing opportunities. While student’s gain invaluable experience, often described as ‘life-changing’, the benefit to mentors and their research teams are many, including skilled summer students (screened and funded by HHS) to work on research projects. Once exposed to the experience, most mentors support the program annually, and many have provided additional placements and training to returning students – up to and including graduate training! To learn more from past mentors and their thoughts about the program, please visit the 2018 Bursary Award videos. This mentorship opportunity is open to all HHS Researchers from all HHS Sites, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. 2019 High School Health Research Bursary – Mentor Application

For more information contact Donna Catherwood, at

If you are a student, please visit the Student Information page

The HHS High School Health Research Bursary is supported by long-time lead sponsor Tripemco Insurance in partnership with MASS Insurance Brokers, along with Aviva Traders and Waterloo Insurance.


Discovery Days Symposium

Event: Thursday May 23, 2019

Mentor workshop submission deadline: April 2, 2019

A one-day event attracting students from high schools across Ontario, Discovery Days in Health Sciences is designed for students grades 11 – 12 considering a career in life or health sciences. Students benefit from an inspiring keynote lecture,  and morning and afternoon interactive workshops of their choice. Mentors develop and present demonstrations and provide hands-on workshops focusing on their area of expertise. Members from all areas of the research community are invited to participate, which include: basic & clinical researchers, research fellows, nurses, allied health professionals, clinical research coordinators, graduate & undergraduate students, residents, lab technicians, etc. Workshop submission details are available at:

For more information contact Donna Catherwood, at

TD Discovery Days is a joint effort between HHS Research Administration and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (London, Ontario).