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Shad Valley

Shad Valley is a national summer program designed to bring high school students together in one of the 12 host universities. We’ve been involved with this program for well over a decade.

The labs offered have been challenging university-level exercises, ranging from vertebrate dissections to population genetics using Darwin’s finches as a model.

Nature NB

Nature NB’s High School outreach program looks to educate young and old about biodiversity and the environment that we and wildlife live in.

The project at UNB Biology "Inspiring New Botanists" shows students how interesting botany can be, highlighting some interesting facts, prospective careers and useful skills that botany can offer, hopefully encouraging them to pursue botany-related studies.

Home Educators of New Brunswick

Home Educators of New Brunswick (HENB) is a Christian organization which seeks to serve home educating families and local support groups in New Brunswick, regardless of religious affiliation, with programs such as Science Days for NB Homeschoolers.

Science Odyssey Girls Adventure Day - Worlds UNBound

Science Odyssey Girls Adventure Day is hosted by Worlds UNBound. The adventure day is filled with interactive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities on the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus.

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John Tidswell Summer Internship

The University of New Brunswick in Fredericton’s Biology Department offers a current Grade 12 student, who will be pursuing a Biology undergraduate degree from the UNB Fredericton (Fall 2020), the opportunity to gain valuable research experience, while being paid, through the John Tidswell Transitional Summer Internship in Biological Research.

Last year’s recipient says the internship was beneficial in providing experience in a research setting and becoming familiar with the Department of Biology and the university campus prior to the fall semester.

For any questions, contact Margaret Blacquier. 

This transitional summer internship in biological research is generously supported by John Tidswell, a former employee and continuing contributor to the Department of Biology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

Throughout his career John was committed to taking the university to high schools in order to better prepare students for their transition to higher education.

This internship is designed to accelerate that process by providing a deserving student with the opportunity to work directly in a research setting in Biology at UNBF prior to starting their university degree.

The internship provides a student with eight weeks of salary support during the months of July and August.

The successful applicant will be introduced to our research environment by actively participating in a project(s) that best suits their interests.


This internship is open to all graduating grade 12 students who will be initiating a degree in Biology at UNBF in September of the same year.

Students interested in the internship must apply to the Department of Biology by 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2020 and provide:

  • A resume
  • transcript of marks
  • a letter outlining their key interests and career aspirations in the biological sciences.

Selection of the successful candidate will balance all the previous items equally.

Send your application package to:

Dr. Dion Durnford, Department Chair & Professor
c/o Margaret Blacquier
Department of Biology
University of New Brunswick
10 Bailey Drive
Fredericton, N.B.
E3B 5A3

Other requirements

The successful candidate will provide a short report on their summer experience to the major donor summarizing the research activity and how it has helped to prepare them for the academic year.