Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
June 28, 2019

Encouraging Academic Achievement with RISE

The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, today announced the latest recipients of the Research Inspired Student Enrichment (RISE) Awards which will enable 12 high school students from across Newfoundland and Labrador an opportunity to attend summer research-related enrichment programs in either Ontario or Massachusetts.

Since 2011, the Provincial Government has funded 122 RISE Awards for local high school students. The process to apply and be accepted is competitive and includes an assessment of academic achievement, as well as written essays in which applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the importance of research and development to Newfoundland and Labrador.

The RISE Awards, which range in value from $7,900 to $15,100, are given to students who demonstrate academic excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The successful student applicants will attend one of three research-related enrichment programs at the Research Science Institute located at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Boston Leadership Institute located in Wellesley, Massachusetts; or the Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program located at the University of Toronto.

Information on this year’s award recipients and enrichment programs is available in the backgrounder below.

Quotes
“The RISE Awards provide students with exceptional academic ability to enrich their skills through research and development opportunities at some of the most respected institutions in North America. These students will be our innovators, our entrepreneurs, and our educators of tomorrow; and I congratulate them on being awarded this significant prize. Our government is committed to fostering interest in science and technology in youth, while further nurturing the abilities of our province’s next generation.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

"The RISE awards program has granted me the opportunity to internationally study STEM-centric topics that interest me, at a level beyond what the high school curriculum has to offer, which will positively impact my future."
Emma Hamilton
2018 RISE recipient, St. Bonaventure’s College

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Learn more
Provincial Government Now Accepting Applications for 2019 RISE Awards

Information on the RISE Awards and the Application Process

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Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
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BACKGROUNDER

Student Name High School Recommended Program Award Amount
Grace Pearcey Holy Heart of Mary Research Science Institute $ 15,100
Abby Pace Holy Heart of Mary Boston Leadership $ 8,600
Abbey Moores St. Bonaventure’s College Boston Leadership $ 8,600
Mahiba Khan Holy Heart of Mary Boston Leadership $ 8,600
Emma Hamilton St. Bonaventure’s College Boston Leadership $ 8,600
Dean McCarthy Holy Heart of Mary Da Vinci Engineering $ 7,900
Emily Meade Holy Heart of Mary Da Vinci Engineering $ 7,900
Avani Sir Lalitha Adluri Holy Heart of Mary Da Vinci Engineering $ 7,900
Robert Fudge Marystown Central Da Vinci Engineering $ 7,900
Joshua Baker Waterford Valley Da Vinci Engineering $ 7,900
Mallory Ann Spencer Marystown Central Da Vinci Engineering $ 7,900
Malcolm Warkentin Corner Brook Regional Da Vinci Engineering $ 7,900

Enrichment programs supported by the RISE Awards include:

  • Research Science Institute - a partnership between the Center for Excellence in Education, a not-for-profit organization based in McLean, Virginia, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This institute offers a six-week summer enrichment program in the Boston, Massachusetts area, and emphasizes advanced theory and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. This program introduces students to the entire research process, from literature review to experimental design and analysis.
  • Boston Leadership Institute - a three-week program held in Wellesley, Massachusetts offering STEM research programs taught by top educators and researchers. Ranked among the top five summer science enrichment programs in the USA, this program provides students with an opportunity to develop high-level research skills and subject matter expertise through lectures, presentations and hands on experiments.
  • Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program - a four-week program held at the University of Toronto. This program offers pre-university engineering and science enrichment and research project design opportunities.

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