ACHRI Research Trainees

As a research institute, ACHRI focuses not only on providing a sound research environment to its members, but also on creating innovative training initiatives to enhance the educational and research training experience at UCalgary and ACHRI.

ACHRI Trainee Weekly Post

To keep our trainees up-to-date on various relevant training activities and funding opportunities in our Institute and UCalgary, ACHRI sends out a weekly newsletter to registered ACHRI trainees and members. To be added to the ACHRI trainee mailing list, please register as an ACHRI trainee or contact our office at

Please see the ACHRI calendar for listings of current ACHRI events, open to members and trainees. Please see the CSM Training Programs calendar for listings of current workshops and training opportunities in ACHRI and other CSM institutes/programs.  


Child Health Grant Writing Workshop

Wednesday, July 29, 12 - 3:30 PM via Zoom

This workshop is targeted to early-career investigators and/or those who are new to grant writing. Everyone is welcome to attend. Register for the entire workshop, but feel free to attend the session(s) you want.


This workshop is presented by the Department of Pediatrics, ACHRI, and the Office of the Associate Dean Research, Grant Development team, CSM. 


Summer Student Workshop Series 2020

This summer, ACHRI, in partnership with the Owerko Centre and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI), is pleased to offer a compelling series of workshops for summer students:

  • Summer student workshop series kick-off - June 3 @1:00pm
  • How to prepare a literature review - June 17 @ 1:00pm
  • How to effectively design an experiment - July 2 @ 1:00pm
  • What you need to know about biostatistics - July 15 @ 1:00pm
  • How to create an academic abstract - July 29 @ 1:00pm
  • Effective verbal academic communications - Aug 13 @ 1:00pm
  • Effective visual academic communications - Aug 19 @1:00pm

Please sign up for the summer student mailing list and register for these workshops here. Scroll down for more information and resources for summer students and supervisors.


Summer Student Symposium 2020

Registration for the Summer Student Symposium is now open! 

The Summer Student Symposium is an annual showcase event for undergraduate summer students to present their research to each other and the broader university community. 

  • Date: Friday, August 28, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm
  • Location: Virtually
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pierre Wijdenes, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Co-Founder & CEO at Neuraura
  • Abstract submission deadline: August 4 at midnight (now closed)

For details and to register as an attendee, please visit the Symposium webpage.


CCHCSP Competition

We are happy to announce that the CCHCSP Competition is now open with a deadline of October 1st 2020 at 5pm EST. For eligibility, guidelines and adjudication process, please  visit 

With any questions, please contact Linda Pires at CCHCSP.

Please note that those of you who already have an active application, you will each have the option to use the current submitted application or resubmit a revised version. 

For details on applying for the CCHCSP institutional funding match through ACHRI, please visit this page and scroll down to CCHCSP.


Child Health and Wellness Seminars

Starting September 14, 2020 ACHRI will kick off the new Child Health and Wellness seminar series. These seminars will take place virtually on Mondays from 8:30– 9:30 am featuring local and international speakers from our seven Child Health and Wellness programs:

  • Care Transformation for Children
  • Child Brain & Mental Health
  • Child Health Data Science
  • Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders
  • Healthy Children, Families & Communities
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Precision Medicine & Disease Mechanisms

Mark your calendars and join us for the next chapter of accelerating Child Health and Wellness together! More information coming soon.

Summer Student Resources

ACHRI, the Owerko Centre and HBI have partnered to provide summer students with outstanding opportunities and resources to enrich their summer research experience:

Workshop Series

ACHRI, the Owerko Centre and HBI have partnered together to create a compelling workshop series that will complement every stage of your project from planning to presentation.

View the workshop calendar

Summer Student Handbook

This year we compiled additional resources that may be useful to summer students as they prepare to carry out their research in a virtual environment. 

View the handbook

Summer Student Journal Club

Critically evaluating literature both within and outside your field is a critical aspect of research. We have expanded the journal club to the following dates: August 7 and August 14. Each session will be from 1:00-2:00 PM. We have added a waitlist to the bottom of the journal club sign up, please see here. If you are unable to present in your slot, please notify and we will fill the slot with waitlisted students. 

Collaborative Slack Workspace

To facilitate a sense of community and connectedness, we have created a Summer Student Slack workspace where students can socialize, ask questions, and share ideas. 

To join the Slack workspace:

  • Download the Slack app on your phone or desktop
  • Look up "summer-research-2020"

Central Summer Research Email

We’ve simplified! This year we will be managing our communications through a central email If you have any questions, please email us at this address.

Summer Student Symposium

As always, we will end the summer with a full-day research symposium on August 28 where your hard work will be showcased in the format of talks and poster presentations. 

More details and registration

Other Training Opportunities on Campus

  1. Wellness Webinars

    During the summer, the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Campus Mental Health Strategy are presenting a series of wellness webinars that will offer participants important mental health tools to help them work through the COVID-19 crisis. Upcoming workshops include:

    Mindfulness as a coping strategy in times of crisis
    Aug 11, 10:30 a.m.
    Facilitator: Dr. Linda Carlson, professor, psychosocial oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine 
    Register here

  2. BME Undergraduate Research Program

    From May through August 2020, the BME undergraduate research program will host virtual enrichment sessions ranging from educational workshops on statistical methods, research techniques, and presentation skills as well as seminar notices and updates on the BME Summer Student Symposium, tentatively planned for mid-August. All students with biomedical engineering projects welcome! For more information and to sign up for program notices, visit:

  3. Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

    Postdoctoral Scholar Certificate in University Teaching 

    • This certificate demonstrates that you have completed a comprehensive program in which you have cultivated a reflective, evidence-based and theoretically-informed approach to teaching and learning. More information.
  4. Career Services on Foothills Campus

    • Did you know that Career Services offers one-on-one appointments? They are 45 minutes, and cover anything career-related, including career planning and exploration, resumes/CV/cover letter review, job search/networking, LinkedIn, interview preparation, AND MORE!
    • To book, visit CareerLink event calendar
    • Questions? Email
  5. Career Services Workshops

    Various dates. Visit CareerLink for all offerings.

  6. UCalgary Health Sciences Library

    Offers a series of training workshops on EndNote, literature searching, project management, systematic reviews and other topics. More information.

  7. MyGradSkills Online Training Hub

    You asked for skills training online and we listened! Check out our new webpages with strategies, tips, workshops and more to help you flourish in grad school and beyond. Topics range from wellness support to academic and research management.

  8. Continuing Education courses available to thesis-based graduate students

    In partnership with Continuing Education, the Faculty of Graduate Studies has created a unique opportunity for you to develop new skills, competencies and expertise. We’ve temporarily secured a limited number of seats in University of Calgary Continuing Education courses for current, thesis-based graduate students at no additional cost to you. Don’t miss out! Learn more about available courses and how to apply.

External Opportunities and Other Resources

Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) has a new online learning platform, creo™, which provides training in some basic research method skills. To register for a free account with creo™, please click here. Note, creation of an account and completion of the modules is not a requirement for CCHCSP certification. Rather this is one of many optional tools CCHCSP would like to make available to our trainees, ensuring that each of you has access to training materials across all CCHCSP modules to help you become the best child health clinician scientist you can be.