AHFMR Opportunities for Researchers and Students

In addition to funding cutting edge research, the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) runs several wonderful programs that require volunteers to be successful. These programs aim to inspire young minds by introducing them to concepts of science in innovative ways. Their objectives are certainly shared by the Libin Cardiovascular Institute.

Review the list below and see if you can help (select links for details):

  1. Heritage Youth Researcher Summer Program
    • A six week summer program placing exceptional grade 11 students with a researcher to participate in projects ranging from biomedical engineering and cardiology to genetics and epidemiology.
  2. Hands-On Biomedical Workshops
    • A partnership with the university of Calgary’s Let’s Talk Science program, the Hands-On Biomedical Workshops either bring classes into the lab or researchers into the classroom.
  3. Heritage Science Teacher Workshop
    • Every summer, the AHFMR hosts a three day hands-on high school science teacher training workshop. The teacher participants receive materials to help with classroom experiments, learn about cutting edge research, and also about the HYRS program.
  4. Science in the Cinema
    • A program to illuminate science in popular cinema, Science in the Cinema includes a free screening of a movie related to health or biomedical issues followed by a presentation and discussion with a researcher from the particular area.

Where YOU come in …

To ensure the success of the above programs, the AHFMR needs volunteers. The requirements vary from program to program and there is a place for Principal Investigators, Post Doc Fellows and PhD Students alike. You do not have to be AHFMR funded or be engaged with the AHFMR in any way, shape or form to participate. Additionally, this is not a one way deal, as there is a certain satisfaction that comes with inspiring young minds – and don’t forget that this could also be a wonderful teaching opportunity to highlight in your CV. It is truly a win-win!

Interested or have further questions?

Please e-mail Dr. Zenobia Ali of the AHFMR Education Community Outreach Program at: zali@ucalgary.ca

Don’t forget to tell her you’re from the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and that you love the AHFMR … and yes they do fund us 😉



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