(St. John’s, NL: May 22, 2014) The ArcticENGINEER summer enrichment program hosted by Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) and funded through the Research and Development Corporation (RDC) is now accepting applications from high school students for the summer of 2014. The program provides exposure to the field of Arctic engineering to students who excel in science, technology, engineering and math and have completed grade 10, 11 or 12 by June of 2014. The application deadline is May 30th 2014.

ArcticENGINEER focuses on hands-on learning and offers different activities each day such as: 

•    Tours to Arctic engineering facilities such as the Marine Institute, National Research Council Canada (NRC), C-CORE and Memorial’s FEAS to see specialized equipment including simulators, Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROV’s), the NRC ice tank and cold room, and more. 
•    A variety of engineering-related team activities such as building a model of an oil platform and testing survival suits in the Holyrood harbour. 
•    Interacting with university researchers and industry experts currently working in the field.
•    Learning about current research projects in Arctic engineering.
“Introducing students to Arctic engineering early in their academic studies gives them the opportunity to gain a greater understanding for the growing sector of Arctic-related research and development in our province. The feedback that students provided for ArcticENGINEER in 2013 was extremely positive and I hope that the program will inspire students to build their studies and careers around this sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
–    Glenn Janes, Chief Executive Officer, Research & Development Corporation 

“The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is delighted to partner with RDC on the ArcticENGINEER high school enrichment program. Partnerships like this are very important to the faculty’s recruitment efforts. The ArcticENGINEER enrichment program will introduce potential students to the thriving field of Arctic engineering when they are thinking about their post-secondary options.”
    – Andy Fisher, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University

Last year, 24 high school students from across the province attended the program. Based on outstanding response from last year’s participants, the program has been expanded to allow for up to 32 students to participate this year. Grade 11 student Cayley Thoms attended the program last year and highly recommends it to students who are interested this year.

“I had an amazing time attending the ArcticENGINEER summer program. The program helped me learn much more about occupations in the field of engineering, especially in Arctic engineering, and it opened my eyes to how great engineering is. All of the tasks were fun and very educational and I loved all of the evening activities as well! Every person who was at the camp was great and the counselors and staff made it a great experience for me!”
–    Cayley Thoms, 2013 participant.

Students are selected on the basis of high academic status and achievement, school referral and written personal essay. Programs will be held from July 21st – 25th, and from July 28th – August 1st.  Students will stay in Memorial University residences for the week of their sessions, and will check into residence the Sunday evening before their session is scheduled to begin (July 20th and 27th respectively). Program registration cost is $200 which includes accommodations and meals. The Research & Development Corporation is investing $97,900 into the program for the summer of 2014 through its ArcticTECH program and has committed to invest an additional $97,900 for the summer of 2015. 


The Research & Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s research and development performance. RDC works with research and development stakeholders including business, academia and government agencies and departments to make strategic investments in highly qualified people, R&D infrastructure and innovative research. For more information about RDC, go to www.rdc.org

Chris Flanagan
Director, Marketing & Communications
Research & Development Corporation
709-758-1021, 691-1009

Jackey Locke, Communications Co-ordinator
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science  Memorial University
(709) 864-8287, 691-5027