New Internal Research Opportunity for Indigenous Students in STEM

Tue. Nov. 27, 2018

The Pathway to Graduate Studies (P2GS) program is a new research opportunity for Indigenous students in STEM at UWinnipeg. This is a pilot program for 2019, and is open to Indigenous students who have declared a major in a natural science and engineering field and have between 15-60 credit hours completed as of February 2019. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is preferred but not required. Most important is an interest in science and learning about science-based research. This program will run for 4 weeks from May 6 – 31, 2019. Students will be involved science education in the morning and research in the afternoon. 

This program does not require any matching funds from faculty supervisors, and does not require students to connect with researchers in advance of the application deadline.  We are asking faculty members who are interested in potentially hosting a student from this program to forward a short paragraph on your research program which will be posted on the Research Office website. Students will be asked to identify the top 5 programs they are interested in with their application package. We are asking that faculty submit their research paragraphs to Jennifer Cleary at no later than Monday, December 10th

The intent of this program is to support Indigenous students in NSE fields, introduce students to research opportunities, and encourage students to continue with their undergraduate programs and eventually into graduate programs.  It is our hope that students who participate in this program in 2019, will be interested in continuing research in Summer 2020, potentially as part of the ongoing Indigenous Summer Scholars Program, funded by a NSERC USRA.

If you have any questions about this program, please let Jennifer Cleary know. 

We would also would like to remind everyone that the Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (ISSP), hosted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, is accepting faculty proposals and student applications until December 15, 2018 (or next business day). The ISSP is for Indigenous senior undergraduates who have completed approximately 60 credit hours or more and for graduates of undergraduate programs who wish to explore the possibilities of graduate studies via hands-on research experience.  The ISSP runs from May 1 – August 1, 2019 (August 23rd for NSERC-USRA holders).  After orientation in the first week of May, scholars participate on a research project (new or ongoing) under the guidance of researchers, who also fund their scholar’s participation. Scholars can be matched with researchers who have submitted a proposal or researchers can submit a proposal and nominate a student or students with whom they would like to work. Proposals, nominations, and applications will be reviewed in time for researchers/scholars to apply for the NSERC USRA. Scholars who self-identify as Indigenous on the NSERC USRA application will be considered over the institutional quota.

For more information about ISSP visit:

You can contact Allison Norris at and/or Jennifer Ledoux at with questions.