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Follow our step-by-step guide to become part of the most comprehensive science communication program in North America! For more information or advice about applying to the program process please contact the Director of the program, Dr. Chantal Barriault (  

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018.

  1. Notify Chantal Barriault ( of your intent to apply
  2. Set up a Graduate Studies Application account  on Laurentian University's Website
  3. Prepare and collect all of your application materials:
    • Transcripts*: Official transcripts of all completed university study.
    • Contact Information: Preferred means of contact during the summer (e-mail, phone number, address)
    • Personal statement of interest: A brief explanation (about 200 - 300 words) of why you're interested in the program, how it fits with your personal goals, what you believe you can bring to it and what you hope to get out of it.
    • Evidence of science background: This might, for example, include summer job experience or volunteering in an organization.
    • Evidence of communication ability: One or two pieces of communication created in any medium (written articles, school work, posters, videos, etc.) that illustrate your ability and interest in communication. These pieces would preferably, but not necessarily, cover a science topic. This could include a description of past communicator experiences or anything you feel would give us a better appreciation of your ability as a communicator.
    • Three Referee Appraisals: At least 2 of the 3 references need to be academic.
    • Proof of language proficiency: The School of Graduate Studies requires that non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is neither English nor French provide proof of language proficiency. A score of 550 in TOEFL or 95 in the Michigan Test for English Language proficiency is required for this program.

    *Ontario students may send e-transcripts through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Applicants who have attended postsecondary institutions outside North America must have their foreign transcripts assessed by World Education Services (WES). We require a WES Credential Evaluation Report, including a Course-by-Course Analysis. WES evaluations must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions directly from WES and received by the application deadline. 

  4. Submit your application.

Consideration of the Application    

When the Admission Form, its accompanying information, and the Appraisal Forms have been received by the Admissions Office, the Science Communication program team will consider each file and decide whether to recommend acceptance to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. An Admission Letter will then be sent from the Dean to successful applicants.

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