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WHAT IS DRSA?

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A six-week summer program that lets high school students test-drive a scientific career in leading Canadian laboratories….and earn academic credits while they do it.

Deep River Science Academy is a private not-for-profit organization founded in 1986.

Its mission is to encourage talented high school students to pursue careers in science and engineering. DRSA provides this stimulus to Canadian youth by operating a six-week summer science program that lets high school students “test-drive” a scientific or engineering career by working on research projects that are part of ongoing R&D in leading research laboratories. DRSA has one campuses offering programs this year, in Deep River, Ontario (est 1987).

Each pair of students takes ownership of a particular research project under the mentorship of a Research Assistant and professional researcher. In addition they earn two high school credits by participating. DRSA also provides career development experience for university science undergraduates. The undergraduates act in dual roles as tutors for the high school students and as research assistants at the hosting research laboratories. Not only do students learn from their experience, they make a real contribution to the research itself. The research projects range from chemistry, physics and biology through engineering and technology.

The high school students must write a research paper and give an overview of their research to their peers and interested scientists before graduating with a research credit. With a student/Research Assistant ratio of 2:1, the DRSA educational experience is second to none.

The high school students live at the campus for six weeks of the summer, with young people from across Canada who share their love of science, and other common interests. A full recreation program is organized and students enjoy sharing their free time with their peers at the campus. Living in a community of talented young people makes for lots of fun and, in many cases, lasting friendships. Campus size is small – from 20 – 40 students, and each campus employs two full-time residential managers to ensure student supervision and comfort.

Students are awarded educational credits on successful completion of the program. The major benefit to participants is the experience of working with scientists in a realistic research context, applying basic theories from high school science to real research.

With the high costs of university education, their experience helps them to make well-informed choices before beginning university.

“These young adults have, in one summer, achieved an academic maturity that I have rarely seen in more than 20 years of teaching….their classmates look to them and their work as models of what students can do with information, logic and creative thought.” D.A. Rennenberg, Science Teacher, St Patrick’s High School, Ottawa

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