Scientists have developed a molecular “clock” that could reshape how pediatricians measure and monitor childhood growth and potentially allow for an earlier diagnosis of life-altering development disorders. The research, published this week in PNAS, describes how the addition of chemical tags to DNA over time can potentially be used to screen for developmental differences and health problems in children.
Before applying for the Summer Student Research Program, students must establish a research supervisor. It is up to the student to contact potential supervisors.
Researchers may commit to students well before the application deadline; therefore it is strongly recommended that applicants initiate this process as early as practicable.
How do I find a research supervisor?
Step 1: Review the research themes
We have four research themes: Childhood Diseases, Brain, Behaviour & Development, Healthy Starts and Evidence to Innovation. Within each theme, we have specialized research groups that focus on key research areas. Review the groups onsite and determine where your research interests fit.
Step 2: Identify potential supervisors
Once you have established your research area, browse the profiles of affiliated BC Children's Hospital Research Investigators (you can use the drop-down to display investigators by theme). Create a shortlist of potential research supervisors with research interests similar to your own.
Step 3: Make a connection
Reach out to the potential research supervisors, contact information is listed on each investigator profile.
Please note: Not all listed investigators are working on the Oak Street Campus (this includes BC Children's Hospital, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre or BC Children's Hospital Research Institute) which is a requirement for students participating in the Summer Student Research Program. Be sure to make note of the mailing address or location.
When contacting potential research supervisors, it is important to make a good first impression:
- Introduce yourself, your academic credentials and your work experiences
- Do your research! Review the potential supervisors interests, how do they align with your research interests/goals? Why do you find that particular research area interesting? Why do you think they would make a good fit for your supervisor?
- If you already have funding be sure to specify the source, value and duration
- Consider attaching your Common CV, resume or transcript so they can refer to your academic history
- Offer to meet with the research team (in-person or remotely) to continue the discussion
No response? It is important to remember many researcher supervisors onsite are extremely busy so you may not always get a response.
Step 4: Finalize expectations
Once the supervisor has agreed to have you as part of the research team, remember to discuss expectations before your finalize your decision.
- Establish the working expectations: start/end date, working hours, funding source, etc.
- Determine the research expectations: research project, general duties, frequency of student-supervisor meetings/support and communications, etc.
Step 5: Submit the program application