November 13, 2017 1:51 pm
Updated: November 14, 2017 5:40 am

SHAD program launching at McGill University in 2018

WATCH ABOVE: SHAD McGill program director Bruce Tracy and 2017 Fellow Victoria Iannotti join Global’s Laura Casella to talk about opportunities the educational program gives to Canadian youth.

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SHAD is an educational program that empowers exceptional students by providing them with a unique learning experience.

The program invites about 900 high school and CEGEP students annually to partake in experiential learning at universities across Canada.

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SHAD McGill program director Bruce Tracy and SHAD 2017 alumni Veronica Ianotti joined Global’s Laura Casella to discuss the launch of the program at McGill University for summer 2018.

“SHAD is a program designed for exceptional high school students across the country,” said Tracy.

“We bring them from across the country … and expose them to the kind of research that the teachers are doing at university.”

Founded at the University of Waterloo in 1980, SHAD is now offered by 16 universities from coast to coast.

McGill is the first university in Montreal to offer the program.

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Iannotti, who was a CEGEP computer sciences student, said the program was beneficial because it put her around other enlightened students.

“My experience was definitely life-changing,” said Iannotti, who followed a SHAD 2017 fellowship at Lakehead University.

“SHAD gave me the self confidence I needed in order to believe that I can accomplish things greater than what I thought could before.”

The criteria for admission is not only limited to students who excel academically; the program seeks out candidates who demonstrate leadership, who volunteer and/or students who have high-end skills such as musical or athletic abilities.

The SHAD program at McGill University will be accepting 64 high school or CEGEP-eligible students into their inaugural 2018 program.

Applications for the 2018 SHAD program are open until Nov. 20.

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