University of Saskatchewan

September 21, 2014   

U OF S SPARK Program

Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge (SPARK) is a unique training opportunity for post-secondary students. Through NSERC's SPARK program, students are recruited, trained and paid to write stories based on the NSERC-supported research at their university or institution. By working on their writing skills and learning about research, SPARK students acquire viable skills that will assist them in their future careers.

The Research Communications Officer is the mentor and editor for the U of S SPARK Program which receives funding from NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, the College of Agriculture, the College of Engineering and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Graduate and undergraduate students are hired to write 500-word profiles of faculty researchers. These bylined pieces are used in On Campus News and a variety of publications by granting councils and other publishers.

Please contact with your story ideas or if you are a student who would like to write for the program.