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SFU AI4ALL: Invent the Future - Student Application [Applied Sciences]

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SFU AI4ALL: Invent the Future - Student Application

SFU AI4ALL: Invent the Future is Canada’s first and only two-week summer enrichment program focused on bringing Artificial Intelligence (AI) expertise, community, and mentorship to young women in Grade 10 and 11.

During this AI Scholars Program, participants from across Canada will explore the world of AI through team projects, and connect with mentors and industry experts in a supportive yet challenging environment.

Program Date: July 19th to July 30th, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm PST

Delivery: Virtual

Application Due: Sunday, May 16th, 2021 5:00 pm PST

Program Fee: $500, paid upon being admitted into the program


Student and Parent/Guardian Information

The Invent the Future program is intended for high school students who identify as trans and non-binary, two-spirit, and cis women and girls and would like to be part of a female-identified learning environment.

Street number, street name, apartment/suite #, if applicable
ie. mother

I certify that I have informed this adult of my application and understand that they will be asked to complete a permission form should I be accepted into the program.


Student's Education Information

If you attended different schools since grade 9, please list the schools and the year you attended each school.
  • Enter all your course grades for Grade 9 onwards in the following format: Course name: Grade
    • Example: Biology 11: xx%
    • For courses you are currently taking, enter IP (for In Progress) as the grade
  • Use a new line for each course.
  • Either percentage or letter grades are acceptable (whichever format is used by your school's transcript)

We will ask for an official transcript to verify your grades if you are accepted into the program.

 


Extracurricular Activities

Enter up to 5 extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, volunteering) you have participated in over the past 3 years, each box has a maximum of 400 characters.

Use the format:

  • Activity Name
  • Organization
  • Start Date: MM/YYYY
  • End Date: MM/YYYY (or N/A)
  • Describe your role

Work Experience (if applicable)

Enter up to 3 jobs you have had in the past 3 years if any. Each box has a maximum of 400 characters.

Use the format:

  • Activity Name
  • Organization
  • Start Date: MM/YYYY
  • End Date: MM/YYYY (or N/A)
  • Describe your role

Essay Questions

Each essay is limited to a maximum of 2000 characters (about 300 words).

Essay 1: Why do you want to be an AI Scholar in the Invent the Future program?

Essay 2: Describe a positive experience you had with teamwork. What made the experience positive? What did you learn from your experience?

Essay 3: Describe a negative experience you had with teamwork. How did you handle the situation? What did you learn from your experience?

Please choose one of the topics below:

Essay 4: Describe a problem you would like to solve using AI. Explain how you identify the problem and its significance to you and how you think AI could be used to solve this problem.

Essay 5: Describe a problem you have solved using AI. Explain how you identify the problem and its significance to you and how you used AI to solve this problem.

You only need to answer one of Essay 4 or Essay 5.
You only need to answer one of Essay 4 or Essay 5.

If you have any projects or past work around AI or relevant topics you want to share with us, please attach or provide the link below. This is not mandatory.


Invent the Future is committed to creating an accessible experience for all scholars. We will take all reasonable action to accommodate the special needs of participants so long as it does not compromise the health and safety of other participants, staff, or come at an unreasonable financial cost to the program.

If you do not have access to a laptop to participate in the program, SFU will lend you one for the duration of the program. If you require additional support beyond the capabilities of our facilities and staff, we will work with you to assess your ability to participate.

Please check below if you will need to rent a laptop from SFU if you are accepted into the program.


SFU Applied Sciences Outreach strives to provide accessible education to youth by eliminating financial barriers. We can offer partial or full financial bursaries thanks to the generous donations from our sponsors. Please check below if you will be applying for financial bursaries if you are accepted into the program. If you are accepted as a participant, we will send you an additional form to fill out to receive the bursary. 

*Please note, applicants are accepted into the program based on their merit and interest in AI. Applying for financial bursary will not impact an applicant's acceptance to the program. 


What's Next?

We will review your application carefully and make a decision by the first week of June. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email ai_scholars@sfu.ca. 

Thank you for taking the time to complete your application. 

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