McGuinty Government Investing in Science Students

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McGuinty Government Investing in Science Students

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Project will provide virtual mentoring link between students and researchers LONDON, ON, April 3 - Ontario high school science students will soon have access to mentors from among top researchers in their respective fields, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, said today. "Our students are the most valuable asset for strengthening Ontario's economic advantage and ensuring our future prosperity," said Bentley. "Our objective is to heighten interest in the sciences as a career choice for high school students and to encourage students to participate in these programs." The Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC) project will link university and other researchers to secondary school students through web links and multi- media networks to provide mentorships and summer placements to enhance students' educational experiences. The government will provide $200,000 to support the project, which will offer real-time, integrated educational programs to secondary students. "This is the educational adventure of the future," said Ron Calhoun, Executive Director of Partners in Research. "It will bring real time information through web-camera technology directly to students throughout Ontario and eventually across Canada. The government of Ontario is helping to make this a reality". "By supporting VROC, we hope to broaden the knowledge of the sciences in the high school system," Bentley added. Building a foundation for innovation and research is a key component of the government's Reaching Higher Plan. Through Reaching Higher, the McGuinty government is investing $6.2 billion in Ontario's postsecondary system - the single largest, multi-year investment in colleges and universities in 40 years. The VROC program was developed by Partners In Research. Its supporters include the University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, as well as other institutions and professional associations. Disponible en fran├žais www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.caFor further information: Jen Norman, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1615; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892