Research Internship Concentration


Imagine being the first to discover something about a gene, a cell, an organism or an ecosystem! The Research Internship Concentration allows you to make discovery through biological research an integral part of your university program.

In your first year, after an orientation to the tools necessary to conduct research in one of the many biological sub-fields, you will be participating in unique and current research projects. Each subsequent year will build on these skills with an emphasis on designing, carrying out, and presenting the results from research projects under the guidance of faculty and graduate students. You will also have the opportunity to carry out independent research by choosing to do an independent study or an undergraduate thesis in your final year.

Through this program, you will enhance key skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, observation, diagnosis, organization and presentation that are important not only to research but to any career path. The Research Internship Concentration is a small group (or cohort) of motivated students with the desire for hands-on experience. The program offers opportunities to build strong working relationships with biology faculty, apply for esteemed research grants, connect with researchers at Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, and work amongst like-minded students.

Are you ready to work among a small group (or cohort) of motivated and like-minded students who share your desire for hands-on research experience? Your cohort will become your friends, your motivators, your mentors and your biggest supporters.

This concentration is open to those with 80% in Biology 30, a 75% overall average, and a desire to be a part of the scientific discovery process. All eligible applications will be considered but acceptance into the concentration is limited. Please read through the concentration requirements. Additional information may be requested. 

After acceptance into the concentration, there are several activities held in the Fall semester to help students get to know each other before starting the first concentration-specific course, Biology 2001, in the Spring semester. In previous years, students have gone out to the Westcastle Field Station for a weekend retreat.

The deadline to apply for 2022-23 Concentration is May 1, 2023

Shining Graduate - Chloe Devoy (BSc '21)

"Having a liberal education has allowed me to learn more about myself. It encouraged me to explore opportunities outside of my primary field of study and fall in love with subjects that I hadn't …

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Research Internship Concentration - third-year biological sciences student Jaxon Reiter

"Try new things, meet new people and enjoy yourself and your research. Make the most out of your degree by meeting new professors and asking about their research. There is a lot more …

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Research Internship Concentration - Darren Van Essen (BSc '20)

"I'm currently in med school at the University of Calgary. The RIC definitely contributed to my application to med school by fostering strong independent learning skills and founding a definite interest in research …

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Research Internship Concentration - first-year biological sciences student Alyssa Groves

"Definitely apply to be in the RIC! It has helped me so much not only with research but in my other classes as well!" ~ Alyssa Groves

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Research Internship Concentration - first-year biological sciences student Brianna Constable

"Once I graduate, I plan on going into animal rehabilitation and animal education. The RIC has provided me with the skills to eventually work on animal research, further educate myself and others, and potentially …

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Research Internship Concentration - fourth-year biological sciences student Nadia Hand

"I was drawn to the RIC program for the opportunities to conduct biological research in my undergrad, to meet like-minded individuals and connect with professionals at various levels." ~ Nadia Hand

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