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The Canadian Gene Cure Foundation believes that investing in budding scientists is crucial. If we are to cure genetic diseases in the future, we must start building and networking the scientific community now.

The primary focus of CGCF is to support emerging scientists to excel in human genetic disease research. CGCF created the Gene Researcher for a Week program to foster the growth of genetic clinician-scientists through high school students in Canada.

The Foundation selects motivated and ambitious students in grades 11 and 12 who have an innate curiosity for science, human genetics, and human genetics research. These students are placed in labs of influential scientists for one week over Spring Break. This experience gives young students a once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside premiere research scientists.

Students gain insight into the world of genetic diseases by conducting real, hands-on science experiments, such as profiling their own DNA. Participants also learn how genes cause human genetic disorders and how top scientists translate these findings into treatments and cures for genetic diseases. The GRFAW mentoring program is a great opportunity for young scientists to learn about human genetics research and connect with the scientific community.

In the years to come, these emerging scientists may be the ones who will make the ground-breaking discoveries in the lab, and translate these findings to improved patient treatment and care.

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GRFAW Selection Criteria

Selected students will be placed with their host scientists during Spring Break. Due to the high number of students that apply, candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Canada
  • Must be a high school student in grade 11 or 12 (or equivalent for Quebec residents)
  • Must have a high academic standing (overall GPA of 85% or higher)
  • Must show an interest in pursuing a career/education in human genetics
  • Must be well rounded in all areas (academic, volunteer and extra-curricular activities)
  • Must complete application form and submit all required documentation by deadline

GRFAW Sponsors

  • CIHR
  • Year of Sceience
  • CIHR

To sponsor the Gene Researcher for a Week Program or to sponsor a student for this program, please email or call 250.708.4203

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