Interested in science? Want to solve problems relating to people's health and wellness? Then medical research may be the answer. Here are some tips to help you on your way.
If you're an elementary or junior high school student, this is the first step.
- What is a science fair?
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A science fair is a school competition for Grades 5 through 12. Students enter their science projects and experiments at the local, regional, and national levels. Winners receive awards and a chance to present their ideas to the scientific community. Science fair projects cover many areas of science and technology. Talk to your science teacher about your ideas for projects to enter in the next science fair.
Talk to a medical researcher
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research will arrange for a limited number of students to visit a Heritage researcher in a science lab. Ask your science teacher to arrange for a visit to your school by a Heritage reseacher.
Work in a science lab during the summer
If you're a university student, contact the research office at the University of Alberta at 780-492-5360, or the University of Calgary at 403-220-6354
Visit a science museum
- Provincial Museum of Alberta 403-453-9100
- Crowsnest Pass Ecomuseum 403-562-8831
- Frank Slide Interpretive Centre 403-562-8635
- Aero Space Museum of Calgary 403-250-3752
- Alberta Science Centre, Centennial Planetarium 403-221-3700
- Energeum 403-279-4293
- Glenbow Museum 403-268-4100
- Drumheller Dinosaur & Fossil Museum 403-823-2593
- Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology 403-823-7131
- Edmonton Space and Science Centre 780-452-9100
- John Janzen Nature Centre 780-496-2939
- Freshwater Invertebrate Collection, Department of Zoology, U of A 780-492-9234
- Cryptogamic Herbarium, Biological Sciences Building, U of A 780-492-5528
- Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology, U of A 780-492-1254
- Marine Invertebrates & Malacology, U of A 780-492-3309
- Museum of Zoology, U of A 780-492-4622
- Paleobotanical Collection, Department of Botany, U of A 780-492-5518/780-492-0082/780-492-0078
- Paleontology Museum, Department of Geology, U of A 780-492-4109/780-492-7036
- Soil Science Collection, U of A 780-492-3242
- E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum, U of A 780-492-2084
Read science magazines (in your local library)
- Nature (an international weekly journal of science)
- New Scientist
- Popular Science
- Science News
- Scientific American
- Physics in Canada
- Physics Today
- American Anthropologist
- Sci-Tech News
- Family Health
Attend a high school with a strong science curriculum
Call your local school board
Talk to your science teacher and/or local university or college about science career programs
|Research career opportunities
- geo chemist
- health economist
- mechanical engineer
- medical researcher
- science teacher
- social scientist
- university or college professor
Research-related career opportunities
- business specialist for companies that commercialize technologies
- computer programmer
- information service specialist
- lab technician
- nurse coordinator for patient studies
- public relations for research institutions
- research administrator
- science reporter*
*Click here to find out more about AHFMR's media fellowship program
Alberta universities and colleges:
Get involved in WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) in the Edmonton area
WISEST has a mandate to increase the number of women in science. For more information, click here.
Go to a summer science camp
University of Alberta
For more information on science camps, call 780-492-3113.
Edmonton Space and Science Centre
For information on computer camps, or to register call 780-452-9100.
Devonian Botanic Gardens
To register for a summer day camp, call the Education department at 780-987-2064.
Bennett Environmental Centre
To register for science camps, call 780-468-1439.
University of Calgary
To register for a science camp, call 403-220-7749.
Shad Valley is a summer program promoting excellence in science, technology and entrepreneurship. The four week program is offered during July at the University of Calgary. Each year more than 400 of Canada's top Grade 11 and 12 science and math students are chosen to enter the program.
For more information, call 519-884-8844 or visit the website
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
To register call 403-282-2167.
Mount Royal College
For more information, call 403-240-6001. To register call 403-240-3833.
Watch television science programs
CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks
Science news in your local and national newspapers.
Surf the Internet
Be curious! Ask questions about everything