SHAD amplifies the great work being achieved within the school system by providing a unique program focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) disciplines, with the goal of helping exceptional students envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow's leaders and change makers. SHAD offers a one-month in-residence program each July across our Canadian host university campuses for 700 students (approximately 50 students per campus) who are in Grades 10, 11, and 12 (Quebec Secondaire IV, V or CEGEP I) or the international equivalent.
Students become aware of SHAD through our extensive community of supporters including more than 15,500 alumni who have participated in programs staged since SHAD’s inception in 1980. But the program relies heavily on educators, who are connected with students throughout the school year, to help identify Canada’s best and brightest students and ensure they are aware of the opportunity to apply to SHAD.
SHAD seeks out students who have:
overall high academic achievement with a passion for math and the sciences
creative and entrepreneurial minds
initiative and drive
excellent communication and interpersonal skills
leadership skills as well as ability to work as a team member
participation in extra-curricular activities.
There is no limitation on the number of students selected from a particular school, and SHAD welcomes educators' support in identifying and encouraging application by suitable candidates. Here are some support tools for educators:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit to your school by a SHAD representative or alumni. We welcome requests for SHAD information sessions year round. You can also ask to have a SHAD presence at your next student or educator conference, fair, event or exhibit.
Click on Apply in the upper navigation panel to learn about the application process.