Research Internship Concentration

Imagine being the first to discover something about a gene, a cell, an organism or an ecosystem! The Research Internship Concentration allows you to make discovery through biological research an integral part of your university program.

In your first year, after an orientation to the tools necessary to conduct research in one of the many biological sub-fields, you will be participating in unique and current research projects. Each subsequent year will build on these skills with an emphasis on designing, carrying out, and presenting the results from research projects under the guidance of faculty and graduate students.  You will also have the opportunity to carry out independent research by choosing to Indpendent Studies or an Undergraduate Thesis in your final year.

Through this program, you will enhance key skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, observation, diagnosis, organization and presentation that are important not only to research but to any career path. The Research Internship Concentration is a small group (or cohort) of motivated students with the desire for hands-on experience. The program offers opportunities to build strong working relationships with Biology faculty, apply for esteemed research grants, connect with researchers at Agri-Foods Canada, and work amongst like-minded students.

This concentration is open to those with an 80% in Biology 30, a 75% overall average, and a desire to be a part of the scientific discovery process. All eligible applications will be considered but acceptance into the concentration is limited. Please read through the concentration requirements. Additional information may be requested. 

After acceptance into the concentration there are several activities held in the Fall Semester to help students get to know eachother before starting the first concentration-specific course, Biology 2001, in the Spring Semester. In previous years, students have gone out to the Westcastle Field Station for a weekend retreat. Unfortunately, the forest fires and weather conditions prevented students from visiting the field station this year. Instead, the 2017 cohort of students ventured out to Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park for an equally fun day trip!


The deadline to apply Direct Entry into the 2019-2020 Concentration (Beginning Fall 2019) has now closed. Applications for Delayed Entrance will close on June 30th, 2019.

Please contact Nicola at if you have any questions.