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.  


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! To details and to register, please visit the Events Calendar.


Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) - Certificate Eligible Sessions

Tuesdays, 12 noon - 1:30 PM

Making your cocktail pitch sizzle! | September 22
Karen Thomas, MA and Selina Allu, MA

Wellness of the clinician scientist | October 13
Dr. April Elliott, MD

Navigating a budget | November 17
Jenna Slobozian, Cert RA

Paper writing - Qualitative research | December 15
Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos, PhD

Please register by emailing

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 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. Science Communication Course

    An exciting new training opportunity in science communication is being offered to graduate students and post-docs.

    Dr. Jeff Dunn is offering a 12hr course on science communication. This is the first such offering at the University of Calgary and is designed to meet the need to improve communication skills for researchers. Each week is a different topic, including how to identify an audience, how to tell a story, writing for different audiences including the layman's abstract, writing for public consumption, visuals and graphics, oral communication and pitches, and social media.

    The course will start September 16 (Wednesday) from 3-5pm and run every subsequent Wednesday for 6 weeks (until October 21). It will run online though zoom and D2L. There is a cap so please email soon if you would like to attend. Attendance and assessment will be credited towards the UCalgary Badge system that will provide you with a way to recognize skills gained through this course.

    There is no cost.

    If you would like to register (or have questions), and your schedule is free for those dates (attendance is important), please email Brooke Belanger <>


  2. 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.
  3. Career Services

    • Career Services Workshops: Various dates. Visit CareerLink for all offerings.
    • 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 calendarQuestions? Email
  4. UCalgary Health Sciences Library

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Learning to Lead: Tips from Tried and True Mentors

    October 8 | 11 am to 12:30 pm | Online via Zoom

    Looking to improve your leadership and mentorship skills? Want to gain confidence in tackling complex challenges? Mentorship and leadership are important to your career development, and you are often asked to take on these roles in your lab without having the necessary training. This REALISE module—designed by trainees for trainees—will give you the opportunity to learn about effective mentorship and leadership skills. A panel of respected leaders including Drs. Jeff Dunn, Hedwich Kuipers, Deborah Kurrasch and Wee Yong will describe how they developed their own mentorship style, how they handle failures/setbacks/conflict, and how they motivate others. A Q&A session will follow. Register here.

  8. Neuro Nexus 2020

    Do you know of a neurological or mental health challenge that needs solving? Submit your pitch to Neuro Nexus (Virtual Hackathon).

    Enter by September 19
    Pitch Day is October 17

    Submit your challenges on the website

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.