Shad Valley program builds skills for future research stars

7 October 2011

Rising young stars of math, science, technology and entrepreneurship from across Canada gathered at UBC this summer for the chance to hone their leadership and problem-solving skills through the annual Shad Valley academic exchange program. This year’s program, of which MSFHR was a sponsor, brought together 50 outstanding high school students for four weeks of lectures, workshops and group projects, including the opportunity to invent a new product or reinvent an existing one based on the theme of “Innovating for Canada’s Children with Special Needs.”

As leader of an MSFHR-funded research unit on childhood diabetes, Dr. Bruce Verchere (MSFHR Research Advisory Council chair) presented to the participants, discussing his team’s internationally recognized work to identify new ways to predict, prevent and treat diabetes in children.

Since 1981, the Shad Valley program has been helping to enrich the experiences of top Canadian high school students by offering academic and work opportunities combining entrepreneurship with science and technology. More than 15 past participants have gone on to become MSFHR-funded scholars and trainees.

This year’s program was hosted at 10 university campuses across Canada and included 500 students selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants. 85 students from British Columbia were among those selected to participate.

For more information, visit Shad Valley’s website.