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Student Gives Summer Research Job an A+

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - High school student Gauri Chaggar, 17, spent this past summer gaining valuable experience and learning numerous life lessons when she landed a job with Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST). Gauri’s job was made possible through funding provided by Canada Summer Jobs.

WISEST is an organization affiliated with the office of the Vice-President of Research at the University of Alberta. Through the WISEST Summer Research Program, Gauri along with fifty-nine Grade 11 students were hired to work for six weeks in research labs on campus, gaining first-hand experience in engineering, science and technology.

“Gauri worked with three other girls in the Advanced Man–Machine Interface Laboratory in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta,” said WISEST Vice-Chair Denise Hemmings. “The research work involved creating Avedi, a glove that will be used to promote activity for clients in need of rehabilitation.”

“This experience has helped me better prepare myself for pursuing a less traditional career for my gender,” said Gauri. “I have met many role models who have shared their experiences with me and I now know what to expect in my career.”

When asked to present her project at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital on Summer Student Presentation Day, Gauri competed against 17 other groups and was awarded first prize for her presentation. Gauri also gave a speech at the WISEST Celebration of Research to university dignitaries, government representatives and fellow WISEST students. She adds that “both these experiences have helped to prepare me for future speaking opportunities.”

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for students that not only meet the needs of the employer, but also achieve tangible results for both students and their communities.

“Gauri gained courage from countless role models with respect to pursuing a less-traditional career,” said Denise Hemmings. “She heard numerous times that if you want something and you go after it, you will eventually get it.”

Once she graduates from high school, Gauri plans to continue her education at the University of Alberta. While she will eventually pursue a career in medicine, she says her summer with WISEST and the invaluable advice she received has helped shape her choices for the future. “During the summer, I realized I enjoyed what I was doing very much,” commented Gauri. “I have decided to minor in computing science at the University of Alberta.”