High School Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) Program Student Application Form

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All STUDENT applications must be submitted by Friday, March 17, 2023 at 4:00pm MT.  All REFERENCE deadline is Friday, March 24, 2023, at 4:00pm MT


Student Application Checklist: It is important to complete the following steps when applying for the Heritage Youth Researcher Summer Program.


  • Complete all sections of the HYRS Student Application Form (below). Submit an essay as described in the application.
  • You must have at least an 85% average in each of math 20-1 or 20-2, biology 20 and one other Grade 11 science. Please submit your most recent grade reports stamped by your school office. Unless strong justification is made for cases of equity and appropriate program accessibility. Grade 12 courses will not be considered for eligibility to the HYRS Program.
  • Have a parent or legal guardian endorse and sign your application form.
  • Arrange for TWO science teachers, or one science teacher and one math teacher to be your referees. Please ask your teacher referees to complete the Teacher Referee form located here.
  • Arrange for one character reference (community referee) from an adult who is not a relative and who is outside of your high school. Please ask them to complete the Community Referee form located here.
  • For students living outside Lethbridge who are unable to arrange their own accommodation, please note the appropriate area on this application form (Living Arrangements).


Personal Information
School Details
Academic Background
You must have at least an 85% average in each of math 20-1 or 20-2, biology 20 and one other Grade 11 science. You must have completed or be currently enrolled in the courses marked with an asterisk. In addition, you need either Chemistry 20 or Physics 20. Please submit the most recent report of your grades, stamped by the school office.
Your Interest in Science and Research
Attach an essay (minimum 350 words to a maximum of 400 words, 12 point font, typewritten, double-spaced) to this application form. Please address the following points. Remember, we want to hear your thoughts and ideas. 1. Tell us about a particular area of scientific research impacting on health that interests you and why. 2. Tell us why you want to be part of the HYRS Program.
HYRS Ambassadorship Role
One of the expectations of HYRS participants is that they will relate their research experiences to their peers. HYRS participants are required, upon their return to their high schools for their Grade 12 school year, to give at least one presentation about their summer research experience to a younger science class.
All participants in the HYRS Program should have up-to-date immunizations and be prepared to produce their immunization records upon request. Additionally, participants may be asked to obtain further immunization shots, for example, Tetanus, depending on the type of research they may be working on. If you are not immunized and are not willing to obtain up-to-date immunization or comply with university regulations for additional immunizations, you can only work with those researchers who do not operate wet laboratories, if available.
Living Arrangements | This section is for students from outside Lethbridge only.
Students must make their own living arrangements while attending the HYRS program. Students who are unable to find living arrangements may wish to consider options such as the Canadian Homestay Network (https://canadahomestaynetwork.ca/). Guardians should contact any housing agencies prior to the HYRS application deadline.
Time Commitment to HYRS
You must be prepared to commit to the full six consecutive weeks of the HYRS program. You will not be able to take time off for vacations, competitions or to collect awards. Failure to do so will disqualify your application and cancel your placement in the program.