Not worked with PICS yet?  Find out why being part of a PICS research project helps society, our planet, and builds Canada’s climate solutions capacity. It also opens the door to exciting career growth sectors such as clean tech, adaptation planning and development, and transitioning to a sustainable low-carbon economy.

Our Student Engagement Program aims to enrich students’ experience as members of the PICS community. We offer career connections, mentorship, knowledge mobilization, and support to help you better communicate, collaborate and share your research. 

Also, new since 2021. Nominate or self-nominate a PICS Scholar for the PICS “Leadership in Engaged Research Award” for outstanding research and collaboration. PICS is accepting nominations for the 2022 awards! Click on the Awards Guide and Nomination Form

What is a PICS Scholar?

A PICS scholar is a university student funded by any PICS collaborative research project or internship. Visit our Programs Page to find out more.

Be part of the solution 

PICS Scholars embedded in PICS projects are part of an innovative interdisciplinary team consisting of researchers, advisors and solution seeker partners. Scholars gain experience and exposure to build connections in the academic, government and private sectors, and within communities. Internships provide students with opportunities to work with our solution seeker partners and develop expertise in the area of climate change solutions.

What other career benefits are there?

Engaging and communicating research results to stakeholders and other target audiences is key to the success of all PICS projects.  PICS Scholars can participate in professional development seminars and workshops, and receive media coaching and communications support. PICS will organize/sponsor at least one training workshop per year to augment communication and knowledge translation skills. 

What is the PICS Scholar Annual Forum? 

This annual event provides PICS scholars with opportunities for collaboration and academic networking among peers across the partner universities. Students share their own research journey and results, and learn new communication skills. Past forum’s offerings include a science communication workshop on effective engagement with media and busy decision-makers.