SHAD is a lifelong experience and begins with our month-long summer program, which will show you what you can achieve if you think big and pursue your extraordinary potential.
Each year, top-performing Grades 10, 11 and 12 students (Secondaire IV, V, or CEGEP 1 in Quebec) or the international equivalent, compete for a place in the month-long program, which is focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) disciplines. Approximately 800 students are accepted annually to participate and live in-residence on one of our host university campuses across Canada during the July program.
“SHAD is a time in your life when anything you think of can become a reality. I really believe if you go through high school without SHAD, you’re not getting the complete experience. It’s that essential. You have to go!” - Bruce Gao, SHAD '12
SHAD provides the unique opportunity to explore a university campus while still in high school, and experience higher learning in a supportive yet challenging environment. Included are lectures, seminars and workshops, presentations by industry leaders, working in teams to simulate a ‘startup’ project, and recreational activities. Meanwhile, parents can rest assured that SHAD works intensively with our university campus partners to ensure student safety, well-being, and access to needed services.
The SHAD Entrepreneurship Challenge is part of the program: teams of participants will collaborate, innovate and create a product or service by applying scientific principles, engineering a prototype, and developing business and marketing plans. A winning team is selected at each campus to polish off their projects for the SHAD - John Dobson Entrepreneurship Cup held each fall. Take a look at last year's SHAD Cup in Pictures.
SHAD participants are also eligible for a volunteer summer internship for the month of August, immediately following the July in-residence university program.
The SHAD program is designed for senior high school students (completing Grade 10, 11 or 12; Quebec Secondaire IV, V and CEGEP I; or equivalent international qualifications). The application deadline for the program is in late November. The selection process is competitive, taking into consideration both academic results and extra-curricular participation. SHAD is looking for students who are well-rounded, emerging leaders who demonstrate initiative, creativity and entrepreneurial flair. They are leaders in their schools, volunteers in their communities, and are often gifted musicians, artists and athletes.
All students are welcome to apply and there is no limit to the number of students accepted to the program from any school, school board or region. Financial assistance is available.