HYRS Teacher Referee Form

Please use this form only - any accompanying letters will be disregarded.


Thank you for taking the time to submit a reference for a student applying for the High School Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) program. Below is a brief overview of the program to provide context. Because the students will be working alongside university researchers who are volunteering their time to be mentors, we want to ensure that the students selected are not only bright, but curious about science, willing to ask questions, and show a genuine interest in the possibility of scientific research as an educational and career direction.

HYRS at the University of Lethbridge

The University of Lethbridge and Alberta Innovates are pleased to offer a summer research program to exceptional Grade 11 students currently registered in an Alberta high school. The HYRS program offers summer job opportunities that emphasize cross-disciplinary training in health and emerging technologies such as ICT and digital innovations. Students collaborate with a UofL faculty supervisor to complete a summer project while also gaining supplemental skills development and networking opportunities through workshops, speaker series, career mentorship, and other approved events facilitated by Alberta Innovates.

Students in the program will be placed in positions of trust alongside university researchers, some handling hazardous materials. Work completed by HYRS students will  directly contribute to the ongoing research of these scientists, and thus impacting their professional reputations. 

Notable Points: 

  • Only students currently enrolled in Grade 11 may apply.
  • Students are required to have at least an 85% standing in each of math 20-1 or math 20-2, biology 20, and one other Grade 11 science class.
  • Students must have 3 references (2 teacher & 1 community) and to ensure equal consideration, only two teacher references per student will be accepted
  • A maximum of 4 students will be chosen from each school
  • Student must have their applications in by March 22, 2024 (a week before references are due).

Your candid remarks are much appreciated and will be used in an appropriate and confidential manner to help us select HYRS participants. 

Submissions must be received by the deadline to be considered.


The submission deadline for ALL REFERENCES is Friday, March 29, 2024, at 4:00pm MT.


Please assess, based on your knowledge of the student, each of the following characteristics: