What is a Gairdner High School Symposium Virtual participant? 

As a Gairdner High School Symposium Virtual participant, you would:

Who is eligible to participate?

To register as a Gairdner High School Symposium Virtual participant, you must be a grade 10-12 student who is currently enrolled in a BC secondary school. Participants will also need to have a sponsor teacher to support their registration (detailed below).

Is participating right for you?

Some students may find the Gairdner High School Symposium learning format challenging. We encourage you to consider your own preferred learning style and comfort level before deciding to register. 

Schedule: Does your schedule allow you to be available the morning of Monday, October 24, 2022?

Technology: Do you have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone and a stable internet connection during the specified date and time? 

How do you prepare for registration?

Before registering you will need to find a sponsor teacher. 

Students interested in attending the Gairdner High School Symposium will require a teacher to sponsor their registration. Your sponsor teacher should be someone who knows you, your personal learning style and could verify if you'd be an ideal participant for this special extracurricular activity. 

The sponsor teacher should have experience teaching a science, technology, engineering or mathematics course or be a career counsellor. The sponsor teacher may sponsor multiple students for the Gairdner High School Symposium. A personal reference is not required and the sponsor teacher is not required to attend the event. The organizing team will reach out to the sponsor teacher directly if we have concerns regarding your registration or attendance. 

How will you register?

The link to access the registration form for the Gairdner High School Symposium will be posted for 7 days from Monday, September 19 (9:30 am) to Sunday, September 25, 2022 (11:59 pm).

The registration form should be completed by the student participant directly and will ask for the following:

  • Your name, email address, grade and school name
  • Sponsor teacher name and their email address
  • How you would like to participate: In-Person OR Virtually. You may only select ONE method of participation
  • A personal statement (250 words or less) that answers the following questions: Why are you interested in attending the 2022 Gairdner High School Symposium? What do you hope to gain from participating?
How do we select who participates?

The Gairdner High School Symposium is a popular program. With limited capacity we frequently receive more registration requests than we can accommodate. To keep things fair and unbiased for all students, participants will be selected based on a lottery draw. All eligible participants who register will have an equal chance of attending. 

How will this work?
The registration form will be posted for 7 days from Monday, September 19 (9:30 am) to Sunday, September 25, 2022 (11:59 pm). You will have the opportunity to submit the registration form any time during this week. Participant names will then be entered into an online program that randomly selects a requested number of names (similar to drawing names out of a hat).

To maximize virtual engagement, only 150 students will be selected to participate. 

BC Children's Hospital strives to empower youth and promote an equitable and inclusive learning environment. Further space is available for students who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis. Students will be asked to self-identify as Indigenous on the registration form. 

Selected participants will be contacted by the organizing team to confirm their attendance by Wednesday, October 5 at the latest. 

Students who are not selected will be added to a waitlist and contacted if additional space becomes available. The order of student names on our waitlist will also be randomly sorted by an online program.  

Registration Form

The registration form for the Gairdner High School Symposium will be posted here from Monday, September 19 (9:30 am) to Sunday, September 25, 2022 (11:59 pm). 

Teachers interested in participating virtually can contact researchevents@phsa.ca directly about registration.

Teachers interested in receiving notifications about upcoming events and important registration deadlines are encouraged to join our mailing list. Information is only distributed to mailing list subscribers.

Do you have more questions? Check out our FAQs or contact researchevents@phsa.ca