Summer Student Opportunities


Summer Student Position (Water Quality Data Access and Sharing)

Data management, quality assurance and control are critical pieces of reporting and surveillance in a public health system.  Surveillance of water quality with respect to drinking water, beaches, pools and hotpools is critical at the facility level, zone and provincial levels. The student will join the interdisciplinary team and help carry out and summarize survey and interview data from public and professional stakeholders. As well as regularly attending relevant journal clubs and research seminars, the student will be expected to participate in team research meetings and twice weekly one-on-one meetings with the supervising faculty member.

Project 1: Water Quality Data Access and Sharing

  • Application Deadline: May 31, 2022
  • Position Start Date: May 02, 22
  • Position End Date: Aug 26, 22

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Summer Student Position (Ticks & tick-borne diseases in Canada)

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team engaging research associates and subject experts from academia, government and non-government organizations working together on a scoping review of tick and tick-borne disease surveillance and other topics related to ticks and tick borne diseases in Canada. The successful candidate will also participate in field work to collect and identify ticks in Alberta as part of the activities of the Canadian Lyme disease network, and assist with the collation of surveillance and e-tick data and. As well as regularly attending relevant journal clubs and research seminars, the student will be expected to participate in team research meetings and twice weekly one-on-one meetings with one of the supervising faculty member(s).

Project 1: Ticks & tick-borne diseases in Canada

  • Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2022
  • Position Start Date: May 02, 22
  • Position End Date: Aug 26, 22

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Summer Student Position (Dairy Cattle Health - Multiple Projects)

Each trainee will be assigned to a main project, but there will be opportunity to work in other projects and events. The student will assist in the data collection on commercial dairy farms and the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

Project 1: Canadian Dairy Network for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance (CaDNetASR)

Project 2: Effective Johne’s disease control using new early disease detection assays

  • Application Deadline: April 01, 22
  • Position Start Date: June 01, 22
  • Position End Date: Sep 12, 22

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Summer Undergraduate Research Position

Resistance to Ivermectin and Benzimidazoles is a major problem for control. We have been investigating the occurrence of drug resistance since 2015. This summer project will continue to gather additional information needed as we undertake a longitudinal study on the effectiveness of parasite control measures and investigate the occurrence of anthelmintic resistance in western Canadian sheep flocks after a few years without anthelmintic use. The work will be performed in Calgary, involving communication with producers and laboratory work to process samples received by mail. The students will also become familiar with a new technique of identification of the different types of GIN. 

Project Title: Longitudinal investigation of anthelmintic drug resistance in western Canadian sheep flocks

  • Application Deadline: March 25, 22
  • Position Start Date: May 01, 22
  • Position End Date: Aug 31, 22

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W.A. Ranches Spring Calving Volunteer Experience – 4 positions available

The positions require candidates to have completed at least one year of the DVM program. The ideal candidates should have an interest in learning about beef cattle operations and calving management on a large commercial herd. The successful candidates will have strong teamwork skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to pay attention to details when organizing and performing a variety of tasks. 

  • Application Deadline: Feb 25, 22
  • Position Start Date: May 7, 22
  • Position End Date: June 25, 22

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DVM Undergraduate Student Position

We are looking for an undergraduate DVM student with a keen interest in beef cattle health to support a Master student with a project focused on infectious foot lesions in feedlots.

Project Title: Foot rot in feedlots in Alberta

  • Application Deadline: Feb 01, 22
  • Position Start Date: May 01, 22
  • Position End Date: Aug 15, 22

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DVM / Animal Science Undergraduate Student Position

We are looking for a DVM or Animal Science undergraduate student to join our lab for a four month period.

Project Title: Testing Johne's Disease vaccine strain calf infection model

  • Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2022
  • Position Start Date: May 01, 2022
  • Position End Date: Aug 31, 22

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For more information about the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program click here