IDEAS Fund

Fuelling student innovation, development, and experiential activities in the Faculty of Science.

Authentic learning experiences fuel creativity, spark discovery, and transform students into the scientific and community leaders of the future. The IDEAS Fund provides financial support for eligible undergraduate science students to engage in innovation, leadership, educational, and professional development activities that are most meaningful to them. The range of activities supported is broad: from professional development seminars and workshops to field experiences and science competitions across the globe, the IDEAS Fund aims to empower students to expand their education to experiences outside of the traditional classroom.  

The IDEAS Fund is supported through the generous contributions of University of Calgary Alumni, the Faculty of Science, and other community partners.


IDEAS Fund FAQs and Application

VIew our IDEAS Fund FAQs to find out information such as who can apply for funds, what kinds of activities are eligible, what costs will the IDEAS Fund cover, how much funding is available, and more...

Then APPLY for the IDEAS Fund via Elevate:

  • To apply, log into Elevate via the following link:  https://elevate.ucalgary.ca
  • Click on Science Experiences found under Faculty of Science on the Dashboard 
  • Click View under Courses/Program and find the IDEAS Fund 
  • Start the application by clicking on "Answer Questionnaire". Note: Once you have submitted your application you will not be able to go back and edit it

Student Profiles

Samantha Ho

Samantha Ho

BSc Natural Sciences, BEd 2020

The IDEAS fund supported my participation in the Teaching Across Borders (TAB) program which is a non-credit unpaid program that offers second-year education students the opportunity to volunteer teach, experience a new culture, and share and receive knowledge regarding teacher education and teaching practice. I spent over 10 weeks Xi'an, China and volunteer taught English reading and biology in schools for approximately 12h/week. 


Angie Hu

BSc Chemistry, 2020

The IDEAS Fund supported me on my 8-week research placement at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. My project focused on a novel method of tracking protein modifications in cells. In addition to working with exceptional scientists and gaining exposure to cutting-edge technologies, I had the opportunity to explore a fascinating new country. 

Learn more about Angie's undergraduate experience in her Class of 2020 profile.

Angie Hu

Taylor Markham

Taylor Markham

BSc Pure Mathematics, 2020

The IDEAS Fund provided support which enabled me to work on a summer research project abroad. My project was through a Mitacs Globalink Research Award and took place at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. My research was in the field of computational number theory and in particular, it focused on the integer factorization problem. I researched various factoring algorithms, with an emphasis on the General Number Field Sieve.

Learn more about Taylor's undergraduate experience in her Class of 2020 profile.

 


Graham Robinson

Honours CMMB, 2020

The IDEAS Fund allowed me to volunteer overseas for 2+ weeks in Santa Elena, Ecuador. While in Ecuador a small team and I were promoting Oral and Physical Health Education to a local school found on Santa Elena's Coast and attempted to further the work on improving the health and medical services available to the people of Santa Elena. As a Biological science undergraduate student, the first-hand experience and cross-cultural learning will lead to a new perspective and thought process I could not obtain volunteering in Canada.

Graham Robinson

Jared Schlechte

Jared Schlechte

Bsc Cellular, Molecular and Microbiology Honours, 2021

The IDEAS fund enabled me to attend a workshop in Montreal put on by Bioinformatics Canada. Being able to learn from some of the leaders in Bioinformatics applications in Canada gave me the skills and confidence to take on projects in my own lab in the area of Bioinformatics. Thanks to this, I have been able to collaborate and present to other researchers, such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.