Science Mentorship Program

This unique program links senior secondary school students to Brock mentors from various disciplines including Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Neuroscience and Physics.

The Brock University Science Mentorship Program

Initially introduced in 1994, the program is designed for students who are highly interested in science, demonstrate significant scientific curiosity and are capable of working independently. The Brock University Science Mentorship Program offers the opportunity to pursue a real-life scientific investigation under the supervision of a faculty or staff member in a university laboratory environment.

Secondary school science and co-op teachers from across Niagara annually encourage and nominate gifted students to participate in this program. Applications are received in the spring with placements commencing the following fall semester of the secondary school year. Students are matched with mentors who are conducting research in subject areas that are of interest to the student. The supervising secondary school teacher maintains a continual dialogue with the student and periodically meets with the mentor. The primary goal of this program is to encourage these mentored students to consider a career in the sciences. This one-on-one commitment by Brock faculty and staff is truly an exceptional opportunity.

SYMPOSIUM
Takes place Saturday, Feb. 9.
2019 Mentorship Symposium Program

Program Overview

MAY/JUNE

Each student, with their secondary school teacher, will have their initial meeting with their mentor to:

  • discuss and select possible research question(s) for investigation
  • establish mentor-designated expectations for student acquisition of background knowledge and laboratory skills prerequisite to the investigation, and
  • detail the necessary course of background reading.

SEPTEMBER

  • WHMIS Training: Attend a course on WHMIS training at the University.
  • Brock Library Orientation and Electronic Search System Seminars: Attend two library seminars presented by University Library personnel; the first includes information about the learning resources that the Library has to offer and the second concentrates on how to conduct electronic searches including the employment of Science databases. Students are then given library borrowing privileges congruent to those granted to university students. In addition, Library personnel are available to assist Mentorship students at any time during normal operating hours.

OCTOBER

  • Mentorship Orientation Event: This event is the first of two presentations to be delivered by Mentorship students to their Brock mentors, fellow proteges, teachers, participating Brock graduate students and parents. Proteges are required to prepare and present a two-minute PowerPoint summary of what their research project will entail.

FEBRUARY

  • Mentorship Symposium Event: Final protege research findings are rendered to the same invited audience as the Orientation event in October. The symposium is designed to mirror the format used at professional science conferences; a twenty-minute presentation followed by a ten-minute question and answer period. Teachers are invited to bring prospective Mentorship candidates to the Symposium.

MARCH

  • Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair: Proteges are strongly encouraged to present their completed projects at the Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair.


Note:
 The September training sessions, October Mentorship Orientation and the
February Mentorship Symposium are normally held during the third week of each of those months.

Program Expectations

During the Mentorship Program semester (September through February), selected students are expected to devote at least two hours per day to:

  • Carry out their investigation and data analysis
  • Complete a Protege Journal every two weeks
  • Maintain a dated lab notebook and log which will be checked regularly by the supervising teacher
  • Complete a written report and project presentation at the Mentorship Symposium held in February
  • Enter their completed project in the Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair held in March. This is optional, but strongly encouraged since success at this fair may facilitate participation in the Canada Wide Science Fair and subsequently the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Applications for the 2019/2020 Mentorship Program will open Monday, Feb. 11 and will close Friday March 8, 2019.

*NEW THIS YEAR: All applications are to be submitted online.*

In order to access the application page, you must have been nominated by a teacher from your school who will provide you with the password for the site.

If you are:

  1. a student or parent, and do not know who the contact for the Mentorship Program is at your school,
  2. a teacher who would like to nominate a student from your school

please contact

Heather Bellisario
Faculty of Mathematics & Science
Brock University
hbellisario@brocku.ca
905 688 5550 x4102