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2018-19 Highlights: Research Mentorship Program in partnership with Queen's Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

Research Mentorship Program in partnership with Queen's Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

Our mentorship program aims to pair high school and university students through discussions of community and science. The program is designed to share knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm between graduate students and high school youth, making stronger connections between the university and the community. The mentors aim to foster inquiry and problem-solving skills through scientific discovery to help equip the mentees for success in their current and future educational paths.

This past year we were privileged to work together with 12 youth in grades 10-12 from the Katarokwi Learning Centre (KLC). Our projects were a collaboration led by the interests of our mentees, and on relevance to their own community.  This resulted in coverage of a wide spectrum of topics from women’s and men’s health, human anatomy, structure and evolution of the brain, physical and chemical properties of water, to microscopic life in the Rideau Lakes watershed.

We thank Kiera LaPierre (Indigenous Community Outreach Coordinator) and Laura Maracle (Indigenous Culture Safety Co-ordinator) at the Four Directions Centre, and KLC high school teachers Lacey Siemonsen, Alex O’ Leary and Scott Nichol for their guidance and amazing support!

Working alongside Bruce Elliott (Program Co-ordinator) and Assistant Co-ordinator Chelsea Jackson, are graduate student mentors Christina Ferrone, Jina Nanayakkara, Matteo Zago-Schmitt, Isabelle Grenier-Pleau (DBMS), Pooja Sridhar (DBMS) and Ryan Marks (DBMS).

The 2020 program launches soon with five new mentors from DBMS: Olena Kourko, Eammon MacNeil, Michelle Krezonoski, Johnny DiRienzo, and Katya Douchant