Youth Engagement

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ms infinity (math and science = infinite possibilities) programs introduce girls to exciting career options and positive female role models in science and technology. Together, we bust the myths about scientists and their careers… you don’t need to wear a lab coat to be a scientist!

We offer a variety of workshops, mentoring programs and scholarships to help inspire students towards science careers. Please check out the full details below.

eMentoring (Grades 10–12)

Need some science study or career advice that’s tailored to you? We can help! Sign up to our eMentoring program and we’ll put you in touch with a professional woman who is closely matched to your own interests or understands your situation. You’ll discuss careers, work life balance, finances and more over email for seven weeks. The time commitment is approximately an hour a week. You’ll discover the rewards of careers in math, science and technology and get helpful advice from a professional.

This program runs three times a year.

Learn more about eMentoring.

Workshops (Grades 1–12)

Forget equations written on a whiteboard, how would you like to see how real hands-on science is done? Get involved with anything from creating controlled explosions, building bridges or solving murder mysteries. The type of activity you do depends on your what your presenters are experts in – they could be anyone from a neuroscientist to a mechanical engineer!

Get in touch with our ms infinity Program Coordinator and we’ll work on creating a workshop that’s right for you.

Quantum Leaps Conferences (Grades 10–12)

Quantum Leap conferences can really show you how exciting a career in science can be! These conferences are organized and run by youth to ensure they are focused on issues that matter most to young women. Expect fun, hands-on workshops and motivating keynote speeches from women working in science and technology. Quantum Leaps conferences are for girls in grades 10 to 12. SCWIST provides resources to help organizers plan and carry out the conferences, from offering funds to assisting in finding speakers.

If interested please complete this application form

Quantum Leaps attendees are eligible for a $500 Youth Skills Development Scholarship. Please see below.


Youth scholarships are given by SCWIST in two cycles.

  • Cycle 1: November. This covers all programming from November 1, 2019 to May 1, 2020.
  • Cycle 2: May. This covers all programming from May 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Note: There is a slight overlap so as to increase the number of applications. Winners will be asked to provide a photo, sign a media release form, and  produce a brief article at the end of their program for the SCWIST newsletter.

Youth Leadership Award

Number of awards: 1 for each cycle

Value of each award: $1000

Fascinated by science? Want a chance to excite others about science? This award is for female students in grade 10-12 for projects that require approximately 60 hours (or two weeks) worth of work. You will create a project of your own to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We are looking for innovative projects that make use of a variety of skills such as writing, fine arts, dance, and theatre. Think YouTube videos about science or card games that explore different science careers. The successful candidate will receive a $250 honorarium for supplies to start the project and the remaining $750 honorarium upon completion of the project.

Deadline (for Cycle 2): April 15, 2020

Application: Attach a brief (max. 200 words) biography and a description of your project proposal. Submit an application.

You will receive an email from [email protected] and/or [email protected] to confirm it was received.

Youth Skills Development Scholarship

Number of awards: 3 for each cycle

Value of award: $500

The Youth Skills Development Scholarship was established to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Through this scholarship, SCWIST hopes to foster 150 years of innovation and excellence in Canada. The scholarship is open to girls (age 16-21) who have participated in Quantum Leaps Conferences or eMentoring and is awarded to cover costs of professional development. The scholarship can be used to cover costs of attending Science Fair or participating in science-related camps or courses. This $500 scholarship must be put towards the cost of professional development of equal or greater value, this includes associated costs or attendance. If students are applying for funding for a program that they have not yet been accepted to, their award is contingent on them being accepted (at which point the money will be distributed).

Deadline (for Cycle 2): April 15, 2020

Application: Attach a brief (max. 200 words) biography and a description of your project proposal. Submit an application.

You will receive an email from [email protected] and/or [email protected] to confirm it was received.

SCWIST Science Fair Award

Number of awards: 14

Value of each award: $100

Description: Are you a grade 8 to 10 female student participating in your region’s science fair? SCWIST will be keeping an eye out for you! This cash award is given to a winner at each of the 14 district Science Fairs for a project shows great curiosity, ingenuity and innovation. The award is intended to encourage a maintained interest in science amongst young female students.

Go to to find out more details about your region’s science fair.

The winner will be selected at her regional science fair.

Indigenous Youth Skills Award

Number of awards: 1 for each cycle

Value of each award: $250

Description: Are you a student from the Indigenous community that is participating in an activity related to science, technology, engineering, or math? If so, you may be a candidate for the Indigenous Youth Award. This award is for students looking to explore STEM fields by, for example, developing a project or by starting a science or math club at their school. The STEM-related activity will show creativity and inspire others in the Indigenous community to explore STEM fields.

Deadline (for Cycle 2): April 15, 2020

Application: Attach a brief (max. 200 words) biography and description of your proposal. Submit your application to [email protected] and Cc: [email protected].

All scholarship monetary values may vary based on the number of applicants and SCWIST’s budget.          

Northern BC Youth Engagement Program

With the help of some fantastic funding agencies, we are reaching more girls in rural communities and northern areas of British Columbia. We want to learn more about how we can help inspire and support girls in these communities in the areas of science and technology.

If you would like to work with us, please contact Lynn Westcott, our Northern BC Program Coordinator.

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These programs would not be possible without the support of our members as well as our funders.