“Too many women in STEM, at the end of their first degree, believe they’re still not good enough to work in their field of study. We help them gain résumé-worthy experience and confidence to succeed. It’s all about support that allows women to trust in their talents.” —Roslyn Bern, president of the Leacross Foundation
In 2022, Leacross Foundation provided a generous gift to establish the Women in STEM Summer Research Assistantship Program at iBEST. Four female-identifying Research Assistants were trained and mentored in state-of-the-art, complex, exciting and dynamic environments, providing them with invaluable trainee experience, including opportunities to explore, practice and hone their disciplinary skills.
For 2023, Leacross Foundation will once again fund the Women in STEM Summer Internship at iBest. iBest is the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology, a partnership between Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) and St. Michael’s Hospital at Unity Health Toronto. The internship will offer students a real-word experience in the field of science and research.
The program includes a research project focused on a specific area of study, which the students work on alongside industry professionals. The program also allows students to develop important skills in communication, leadership, and teamwork, which are essential for success in their future careers. The internship program is highly competitive, and students are encouraged to apply early to increase their chances of being accepted.
For more information about the internship, read here.