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RySciMatch /CKIH200

RySciMatch/CKIH 200 is a non-credit, course open to Ryerson undergraduate students and offered through the Chang School who are interested in research and extracurricular experiences.

The program recruits senior undergraduate volunteers, as well as alumni and faculty members, to mentor current undergrad students (mentees) on research opportunities in the Faculty of Science (FoS) and beyond. Through this mentorship/seminar styled course, mentees obtain insight in their field of interest, develop their networking skills, learn to identify research opportunities within the FoS, further explore science’s diversity outside the classroom, help them critically analyze research findings, develop soft skills (including communication & leadership skills), and begin to explore innovation. As of Winter 2016, RySciMatch/CKIH 200 is hosted within the Science Discovery Zone.

For more information on CKIH 200, please visit the Chang School website.

For more information about RySciMatch, read our 2015 news release (pdf) or our summary from the 2014 programming.



We look forward to having you join us Winter 2020 - Please Sign up on the mentee form here


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    - The NSERC USRA summer award is an open competition (for students with a cumulative B+ or better standing) across Science and Engineering at Ryerson - we have 27 awards across campus and each department has slightly different timelines for application submission

2. Shadowing and Mentoring   

    - Mentees who have demonstrated a commitment to the RySciMatch program will be partnered with Mentors after reading break. Mentee/Mentor combinations will be assigned and depend on the availability of the Mentor, and should only being after WHMIS and Biosafety training have been completed.

3. Come when you can

    - Owing to the wide range of scheduling conflicts, we encourage students to come when you can, even if it is for only part of the session. Please use the Passport system to sign in when you arrive to the room.

4. 70% is not bad.

    - Mentee's will need to attend 7/10 sessions to qualify, and perform 3 hours of in-lab Mentor shadowing to gain a certificate for this program. Mentors are not required to attend the sessions, but are welcome to do so.

5. Career Planning in (and around) Your Science Degree

    - With a degree in science, you are well prepared to tackle the problems in the Natural and Physical world... But what about landing that dream job after your degree. The following clickable PDF's courtesy of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  offer some guiding tips on how to plan for a career in science or other professional disciplines.

  1. Finding the Right Path for You - Building a science career map.
  2. From Undergrad to Postdoc - Following opportunities to become a World Class Scientist.
  3. Industry or Academia? - Find out which field is best suited for you.
  4. The Informed Job Search - Understanding how to predict future job markets in science.
  5. Careers away from the Bench - Using your science degree in an different field.
  6. Women in Science - The world needs science, and science needs women.

6. Curriculum Vitae Example from Dr. Bryan Koivisto

7. Biosafety and WHMIS Certification - ONLINE

8. Previous RySciMatch Session (W2016 & 2015):


Week 1 (January 15th, 2016):
RSM: Mentor and Mentee Orientation and Poster Presentation 
CKIH: Introduction, and Mentoring and Leadership Defined

Week 2 (January 22nd 2016):
RSM: Health and Wellness: Self-Care
CKIH: Health and Wellness: Self-Care 

Panelists for RSM: 
- Juannitah Kamera, Jelena Madzarevic, Aesha Patel

Week 3 (January 29th, 2016): 
RSM: Relevant Extracurricular Activities at Ryerson (and outside Ryerson)
CKIH: Learning Strategies 

Panelists for RSM: 
- Cristina Rodrigo, Samantha Sanchez, Robinder Jangi, Reeda Mahmood, Tara UpShaw

Week 4 (February 5th, 2016):
RSM: Mentorship, Leadership and Research: Finding Your Place
CKIH: Community Building: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

Panelists for RSM: 
- Vicki Saunders,  Leslie Bone, Dr. Lynda McCarthy, Michelle Lucas

Week 5 (February 12th, 2016):
RSM: Career Planning: Where to go with your degree (including LinkedIn profile development)
CKIH: Self-Analysis and Career Planning 

Confirmed Panelists for RSM: 
-Anne Cisterna
- Rebecca Dirnfeld


Week 7 (February 26th, 2016):
RSM: Communication skills I & II: Writing (what not to do!) & networking and presentation 
CKIH: Rapport Building and Communication Skills + Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving 

Confirmed Panelists for RSM: 
- Dr. Warren Wakarchuk 
- Evan Lee

Week 8 (March 4th, 2016):
RSM: Research Literacy: What does critical thinking mean to you?
CKIH: Check-In (Health and Wellness) + Project Management: Community Outreach 

Confirmed Panelists for RSM: 
- Dr. Emily Agard
- Dr. Kim Gilbride
- Dr. Joseph McPhee

Week 9 (March 11th, 2016):
RSM: Innovation: How you can be a part of it!
CKIH: Group Facilitation and Presentation Skills 

Confirmed Panelists for RSM: 
- Dr. Deborah de Lange

Week 10 (March 18th, 2016):
RSM: Science and Business: Bridging the gap
CKIH: Day 1 of Presentation 

Week 11 (April 1st, 2016):
RSM: Biosafety Training
CKIH: Day 2 of Presentation 

Week 12 (TBD):
Alumni Mentoring Event


Week 1 (Jan 21 - VIC608) - Orientation - Pizza and Posters!

Week 2 (Jan 28 - KHS239) - Mentorship, Leadership and Research: Finding your place (email Jessica Machado if you didn't get to sign in at the event)

A HUGE thank-you to our fantastic mentoring panel...

  • Leslie Bone – Graduate student; cofounder of the Ryerson chapter of Women in Science (WISR).
  • Akeisha Lari – Program director for Trimentoring at Ryerson and Instructor of CKIH 200 Science Mentorship.
  • Tash Jefferies – Ryerson alumni; Health and Lifestyle Expert & Sustainability Author
  • Dr. Stefanie Hixson – Postdoctoral fellow in the Art’s group.

Week 3 (Feb 4 - KHS239) - Communication Skills I: Writing (What not to do!) (email Jessica Machado if you didn't get to sign in at the event)

Thanks to our special guests,

Supplementary information can be found here: Presentation Slides, Sample Resume Template, General Science Writing Tips, Proposal Writing Guide

Week 4 (Feb 11 - KHS239) - Relevant Extracurricular Activities @ Ryerson

Week 5 (Feb 25 - KHS239) - Career Planning: Where to go with your degree

A huge thank you to our wonderful panel

  • Ahmad Sidiqui – B.Sc (Ryerson), MSc (UoT), MD candidate at UBC
  • Rebecca Dirnfeld – FoS Career Consultant
  • Maja Chojnacka – Chemistry, PhD Candidate UoT
  • Lindsay Jackson – Biology PhD Candidate Ryerson/ Let’s Talk Science
  • Anne Cisterna - Ryerson Coop

Week 6 (Mar 4 - KHS239) - Communcation Skills II: Networking and Presentation Skills - The slides can be downloaded here.

Week 7 (Mark 11 - KHS239) - Research Literacy: What does critical thinking mean to you!

A HUGE thank-you to our thoughtful panel...

Week 8 (Mark 18 - KHS239) - Innovation and Entreprenuership at Ryerson

A HUGE thank-you to our fantastic panel...

Week 9 (Mar 25 - KHS239) -  Science Innovation Zone, and how you can be a part of it!

A HUGE thank-you to our thoughtful panel...

Week 10 (April 1 - KHS239) - Alumni Mentoring Event - 5-8pm

A HUGE thank-you to our thoughtful panel...

Week 11 (April 8 - KHS239) - OPTIONAL: Biosafety Training

A HUGE thank-you to...

  • Valerie Phelan



If you have any more questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Bryan Koivisto 




RySciMatch logo: the Ry is in yellow, SciMatch is in blue, and a double helix is behind the last four letters


How to register

To register for RySciMatch, please fill out one of the following forms online, and sign up for CKIH 200 through your RAMSS account:

Mentee form

Mentor form