RNA Innovation is a unique partnership between the University of Lethbridge, Université de Sherbrooke, and industry collaborators, providing trainees with an exceptional learning experience during their graduate studies program. This NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program aims to produce highly qualified personnel with skills in advanced RNA research, scientific leadership, and industry experience.
The major advantage of RNA Innovation will be access to industry collaborations. Each trainee cohort will work together with an industry partner to solve an R & D problem as part of the deepYellow Challenge. Together the trainees will learn to apply their research training, work as a team, and develop a final product.
Trainees will also receive funding for on-site industry training and project development through the Twinning Program. All participants will be matched with a specific internship, receive mentorship and a personalized networking experience.
In addition to academic and research skills, trainees will develop skills in management, leadership, communication, teaching, integrity and ethics through complementary workshops and courses.
Participation in the deepYellow challenge will encourage development of project management and entrepreneurial skills. Additional workshops providing some theoretical foundation in management will supplement the trainee’s learning experience.
All trainees will be required to participate in a new graduate level Scientific Leadership course. Modules will include professional communication, integrity & ethics, and leadership with respect to gender and minority representation.
Graduates of the RNA Innovation program will be uniquely trained, “job-ready” with knowledge of applied and basic research, and possess a diverse set of leadership skills. This multidisciplinary background will make them ideally suited to careers in a multitude of biotechnology fields.
RNA Innovation offers very competitive funding for trainees.
- Undergraduate students receive up to $4,000* for summer placements
- MSc students receive up to $10,000/year* for two years
- PhD students receive up to $10,000/year* for three years
- Postdoctoral fellows receive $30,000/year* for two years
*RNA Innovation funding can be combined with other funding resources.
RNA Innovation is the ideal program for students that desire real-world, hands-on experience during their research program. Funding is available for graduate students (MSc and PhD), as well as undergraduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
Applications for the RNA Innovation program will open July 1 and close September 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm MST. Students currently enrolled or accepted into graduate studies are encouraged to apply. Students accepted into RNA Innovation can commence their studies in January 2020.
Interested applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their last two years of undergraduate studies, although applicants with a lower GPA are still encouraged to apply if they have sufficient research and/or industry experience.
- Application Form (available at www.RNAInnovation.ca)
- Two letters of reference from academic or industry referees
- Transcripts (undergraduate, MSc, PhD, as applicable)
Application documents can be sent to admin@nullRNAInnovation.ca. This opportunity is open to Canadian and international students. We encourage international students interested in studying at the University of Lethbridge to apply to graduate studies for the February 1st deadline to avoid visa issues and a delay to their start in the program. Women and visible minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Postdoctoral trainees must have completed their doctoral degree within the last five years to be eligible to participate in a CREATE initiative. Parental leave taken for child bearing or rearing is not counted as part of the five-year period.
In order to participate in the RNA Innovation program, students must also be enrolled at one of the participating institutions. Application to RNA Innovation is meant for the allocation of fellowships and participation in the program. While acceptance into RNA Innovation does not guarantee acceptance at your institution, being accepted into the program with an awarded fellowship could positively impact your academic application.