Kirkness Science Camp – Aboriginal Students

What: Kirkness Science Camp (Deadline Extended)

When: May 16th – 20th 2016

Eligibility: Aboriginal students in grade 11

Cost: It is free to the student. It includes travel from anywhere in Canada, meals, lodging, a one week science project

Applications are competitive: students write a 300 word essay and students would be chosen and Kirkness will decide which science lab that they are selected for.  Of course, hoping to select a science lab that most closely matches their essay.

Application deadline:  February 29, 2016

The Dean at the UBC Faculty of Forestry is partnering with the Kirkness Science Camp and is hosting six students May 16-20th (as are other programs and universities across Canada).

This is a one-week “camp” where high school students will work on a science project and present their project on Friday May 20th.  The student will join the faculties during the day and have chaperons during the evenings.  There will be an honour feast to celebrate the nations joining together.

We have 4 faculty member, myself and graduate students that will work with the students.  Lori Daniels will host a tree ring lab to compare the properties of old-growth and second-growth western redcedar; Sue Grayston and Cindy Prescott will examine the biodiversity in soil from Haida Gwaii; and Julie Cool will design a wood product with students.  We also have planned a trip to the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Please share with your connections and communities that you are working with. 

Best wishes,
Andrea Lyall, RPF PhD Candidate
Aboriginal Initiatives Coordinator / Sessional Lecturer
Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia