Student Fellowships

Student Fellowships

The Quest Summer Fellowship Program (QSFP) and the Quest Winter Fellowship Program (QWFP) are experiences in which Quest students take the lead on intellectually substantive projects that require creative and original thought. Fellows are supported by Host Faculty members whom they choose during the application process.

The Winter and Summer Fellowship recipients, along with other students who conducted research throughout the previous year, will be invited to speak at the Quest Scholarship Conference in November.

For more info, you can reach out to the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Works (RSCW) Committee.

The 2018-2019 Winter Fellow Applications are due Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

FAQs and Application Guidelines


A student is eligible to apply if (s)he:

  • has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • has completed at least 4 regular courses taught by Quest faculty (i.e., not  Experiential Learning or independent study) by the start of the Fellowship
  • is not under any disciplinary sanction
  • is in good financial standing with the university
  • has the intent to return to Quest as a student within one year of completing the Fellowship

When and what:

  • The 2018-19 Quest Winter Fellowship program will take place during three consecutive Blocks within the following six Blocks: November, December, January, February, March, April.  (For example, one Winter Fellow may choose to complete her Fellowship during the Nov/Dec/Jan Blocks, while another Winter Fellow may choose to complete his Fellowship during the Jan/Feb/Mar Blocks.)
  • The 2019 Quest Summer Fellowship program will take place during the weeks of the May, June, and July Blocks.
  • Winter Fellowships and Summer Fellowships are paid by Quest University Canada. All Fellows receive the same amount of compensation, as well as housing.
  • The research proposal can be on any topic of the student’s choice; there is no or minimal research funding available for the student; the fellowship is confirmed as soon as you accept.

What to include in your application:

A complete application consists of

  • a cover sheet that includes a title and the applicant’s name; an abstract; the name of the proposed host faculty member (must be continuing faculty or faculty associate); the name of the faculty member writing the second letter; and a statement regarding review from the Research Ethics Board (see below)
  • an unofficial transcript
  • a project proposal of not more than three single-spaced pages (this includes figures but not references, which may be on a fourth page)
  • a personal statement of not more than one single-spaced page that describes the student’s academic directions at Quest and explains the relationship of the proposed Fellowship to that direction
  • a letter of support from the prospective Faculty Host that indicates a commitment to serve as mentor; explains their commitment to the proposed project, including the provision of necessary resources, and contains a statement of the faculty member’s availability to the student during the Fellowship Period
  • a letter of support from one other tutor (e.g. continuing faculty, former faculty, visiting tutor, teaching fellow) who has taught the student in a class during the last 24 months.

Risk Management and Research Ethics Board Review

  • The cover page must include one of the following statements about Risk Management:
    • In the best estimation of myself and my prospective host faculty member, this project does not warrant review by the University Risk Management Committee.
    • My project may require a risk management plan developed in collaboration with the University Risk Management Committee. I have been in touch with this committee, and they have indicated to me that the development of such a plan will not be a barrier to my work should my Fellowship be funded.
    • My project is supported by a risk management plan developed in collaboration with the University Risk Management Committee. Please find a copy of it attached as an appendix.
  • The cover page must also include one of the following statements about approval from the Research Ethics Board (REB):
    • In the best estimation of myself and my prospective host faculty member, this project does not warrant review by the Research Ethics Board.
    • My project requires review by the Research Ethics Board, and that review progress is currently in progress.
    • My project requires review by the Research Ethics Board. Please see the Appendix for their letter approving my proposed work.

Who Will Be Selected?

Selection of Quest Fellows will prioritize applicants with:

  • complete applications that do not exceed length requirements
  • transcripts that show academic competence overall and especially in the areas of the proposed work
  • project proposals that reflect
    • an intellectually substantive project that requires creative and original thought
    • a clear understanding of the topic of study as indicated by a well-researched/referenced and concise proposal
    • if Quest resources beyond the control of the Faculty Host are required (e.g., a minivan), a clear indication that these will be available to the degree that they are needed
    • if additional resources not found on Quest’s campus are required, a clear indication that a firm plan exists for accessing them
    • clear statements of academic direction that suggest strong intrinsic motivation to do the work described in the proposal
    • entirely supportive letters from faculty, especially the Prospective Host and
    • applications that adhere to the goals of the program as stated in the program details (see link above)

Additionally, the intellectual diversity of the group will be a consideration.

Timeline and Submission

  • Applications are due by 9 am on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
  • Students are responsible for submitting four items: the cover sheet, the unofficial transcript, the project proposal, and the personal statement.
  • These must be e-mailed as a single PDF document to
  • The title of your e-mail must be “QWFP Application: FirstName LastName“.
  • All late or incomplete applications will be rejected.
  • Faculty are responsible for submitting their letters of support directly to the Selection Committee.
  • These must be e-mailed as PDF documents to
  • Accepted applicants will be selected by October 12, 2018.
  • Accepted applicants will be notified immediately and given four days to accept or decline.
  • The Summer Fellows will be announced on the Program website when all offers have been accepted or declined.

Collaborative Proposals

Collaborative proposals are welcome, so long as they:

  • contain the words “collaborative proposal” in the title,\
  • have exactly the same title as the other proposal(s) with which they propose to collaborate
  • propose work that can stand on its own intellectually
  • propose work that will be made stronger by virtue of collaboration with another Fellow.

The selection committee will seek to fund all members of a collaborative proposal together, or reject them all together. Funding of collaborative proposals will not be seen as either a priority or as something to be avoided by the committee. Two (or more) collaborators funded will be treated as two (or more) separate Fellows for the purposes of the program, thus taking up two (or more) of the available Fellowship spots.

May I see examples of successful proposals from a previous year?

Two of our past Fellows have shared their proposals for your benefit:

Proposal by Ashley Pearson

Proposal by Justin Lee

How can I find faculty who might like to host a Fellow?

Students can make an appointment to meet faculty with their ideas, or can ask faculty if they have research ideas for the student.


The Fellowship Award consists of:

  • Housing: Fellows will receive on-campus housing for the duration of the Fellowship. Summer Fellows will live together in a Quest condo (shared bedrooms) at no charge. Winter Fellows will remain in their current residences at no charge.
  • A stipend: Fellows will receive a $4,000 stipend. Half the stipend will be paid in regular installments during the Fellowship period. The remainder will be paid upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables. Tax, EI, CPP and vacation pay deductions will be applied.
  • A dedicated work space that can be customized to their needs.
  • Access to Quest laboratory facilities, field gear, library resources, and study space as needed.

Timeline and Attendance

  • The 2018-19 Winter Fellowship period will take over three consecutive blocks of the Fellow’s choice, chosen from the following six blocks: November, December, January, February, March, April.
  • A Summer/Winter Fellow can *not* do an experiential learning during their Fellowship, as these weeks are to be dedicated to research.
  • The 2019 Summer Fellowship period will begin on Monday, May 13, 2019 and end on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
  • If enrollment in courses is necessary for maintenance of an international student visa, contact Or if you are receiving financial aid, contact
  • The Summer Fellowship is not compatible with classes in May, June, or July.  The Winter Fellowship is not compatible with classes during the three Fellowship blocks.  Students do NOT receive any Quest course credits for completing this Fellowship, i.e., these are not “independent study blocks”.
  • Summer Fellows will be expected to attend a weekly Seminar Series on Wednesday afternoons.
  • Winter Fellows will be expected to attend Squamish Public Library Talks and Quest Colloquialism Series.
  • The dates of the Fellowship Period may be negotiable. Fellows seeking to shift their dates or include a several-day vacation must petition the Selection Committee as early as possible. Note that the Winter Fellowship period includes an extended break from the end of December to the middle of January.
  • Fellowship activities are expected to be the main priority for Fellows during the Fellowship Period. Fellows should spend an absolute minimum of 35 hours per week on their Fellowship activities. If possible, Fellows are expected to work at their Fellowship full time (i.e., >40 hours per week).


Fellows will be responsible for four deliverables:

  • A public presentation approximately midway through the Fellowship period.
  • A final report that must be approved by the Host Faculty member.
  • A narrative self-evaluation.
  • An oral presentation to the Quest community during the Quest Scholarship Conference, which takes place each November.
    (If a Fellow will not be on campus in November, that Fellow may present during the first block (s)he is back on campus.)

Priorities of The Program

  • Promote individual student scholarship.
  • Promote close interaction between students and faculty.
  • Cultivate a culture of on-campus research at Quest.
  • Foster a diverse community of student scholars.
  • Support the intellectual activity of faculty.

Faculty Hosts

Faculty Hosts are expected to provide active mentoring of their Fellows during their projects. Hosts will be the primary mentor and contact for help in all things relating to a Fellow’s project. Hosts should be readily and consistently available so that they can serve in this capacity reliably. Two or three suitable faculty may offer to jointly support one Fellow. This is possible where a student project overlaps the expertise of several faculty, and it affords faculty the opportunity to be away for part of the Fellowship period. The co-Hosts should coordinate their schedule to ensure continuous support for the student throughout the entire Fellowship period.

While interacting with his/her Fellow, the Faculty Host should expect to coach the Fellow through every part of the project, including background reading, experimental design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, report writing and any other activities pertinent to the project. As it seems unwise to expect students to manage their time across a 12-week period, it is incumbent on the Faculty Host to make sure each of these steps proceeds at a reasonable pace so that a quality report can be completed by the end of the Fellowship Period.

Historically, faculty members have been hesitant to support multiple Fellows in any given summer. Therefore, students should contact the potential faculty host well before the application deadline to ensure that the faculty member is willing to support the student’s fellowship application. This is achieved through an informal process that varies among faculty, but often starts by an inquiry from the prospective student. Faculty should decide which student(s) they intend to support far enough in advance to allow prospective students time to find alternate host faculty members and develop new proposals.


The 2017-18 Program is overseen by the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Works Committee (RSCWC). Fellows or Hosts should contact this group at any time if difficulties arise.

The RSCWC will ensure that Program policies described here are followed, and will serve as the Selection Committee to decide the Fellowship recipients.

If students fail to meet the obligations described above, they will be subject to discipline by the RSCWC that might take the form of A) loss of a portion of their stipend, B) loss of their Fellowships (and subsequent eviction from campus housing), or C) other measures as appropriate.

Failure to submit the deliverables by the deadline implies that Fellows will forfeit their end-of-fellowship lump-sum payments.

Despite this disciplinary duty, the RSCWC is meant to be a resource to Fellows, especially insofar as difficulties might arise between Fellows and Host Faculty or between multiple Fellows. The RSCWC exists to ensure a productive and satisfying experience for the students and faculty involved in the Program.

2018 Summer Fellows

Daan de Kruijf (host: Andre Lambelet) / A Crisis of Personality: Working Through Problems of Memory, Authenticity and Modernity in Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Buru Tetralogy

Michael Geuenich (host: Marina Tourlakis) / On the Conservation and Distribution of SBDS Across Species

Samantha Leigh (host: Eric Gorham) / Watching People Throw Out Garbage: Food service waste management in Squamish, B.C.

2018 Winter Fellows

Jessica Hancock (host: Marina Tourlakis) /  An Exploration of Algal Lignin: Potential of ​Cladophora Glomerata​ as an Alternative to Wood Derived Pulp

Sawyer Plato (host: Neal Melvin) / Up-Regulating Memory: Research into RNA Binding Motif Protein 3’s role in Synaptic Translation

Anika Watson (host: Thor Veen) / A Practical Guide to Function-Valued Traits

2017 Summer Fellows

Cameron Friend (host: Glen Van Brummelen and Jamie Kemp) / Carrying Across: A Translation and Analysis of Leonhard Euler’s Text “Problematis Cuiusdam Pappi Alexandrini Constructio

Ali MacKellar (host: Kim Dawe) / Locating a Remote Teaching & Research Site near Pemberton, BC

Hannah Mendro (host: Shira Weidenbaum) / Constraints, Additions, and Distance: Reading Rilke in Translationo

Sophia Vartanian (host: Andre Lambelet) / A Clash of Civilizations? France, Islam, and the Far Right

2017 Winter Fellows

Emma Badgery (host: Kaija Belfry Munroe) / Tsilhqot’in Nation, Provincial Jurisdiction, and the Misunderstanding of Culture as its ‘Paraphernalia’

Graeme Lee-Rowlands (host: Rich Wildman) / A framework for analyzing transboundary resource sharing negotiations and the case of salmon restoration in the renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty

Sophie McGregor (host: Mark Vaughan) / Bioincorporating L-Monofluoroethionine into Green Fluorescent Protein

2016 Summer Fellows

Maya Broeke (host: Colin Bates) / The Howe Sound Project

Kelsey Chamberlin (hosts: I-Chant Chiang and Maï Yasué) / A mixed-methods approach to exploring the impact of grades on academic motivation at three North American universities

Janali Gustafson (hosts: I-Chant Chiang and Meaghan MacNutt) / Exploring mind-body connection – can “power poses” impact physical performance?

Seth Newman (host: Shira Weidenbaum) / Irony and the Bible

Marielle Rosky (host: John Reid-Hresko) /Writing Myself into Being: The Process of Creating a Self Representational Story

Aaron Slobodin (host: Sarah Mayes-Tang) / Betti Table Stabilization of Homogeneous Monomial Ideals

2015 Summer Fellows

Holly Bull (host: Mark Vaughan) / Quorum Sensing Communication in Biofilms: In Vivo Synthesis of Autoinducer-2 Molecule

Elijah Cetas (host: Maï Yasué) / Why Do We Conserve? A Structured Look at the Incentives behind Community Based Conservation

Tenea Dillman (host: Steve Quane) / Hazardous Hydrology: Developing a Monitoring Program for the Garibaldi Lake/Rubble Creek Hydrological System, British Columbia

Katie Gerstle* (host: Marjorie Wonham) / Biodiversity Monitoring and Education in the Foreshore Environment of Howe Sound

Kestrel Kunz (host: Rich Wildman) / Using Field Monitoring and Computer Modeling to Investigate Thermal Stratification and Mixing Patterns in Three Lakes in the Sea to Sky Region

David Leehr (hosts: Darcy Otto and Jeff Warren) / A Geneology of the Analytic-Continental Divide in Contemporary Philosophy

Cassi Mason* (host: Mark Vaughan) / Let in the Light: Developing a Screening Method to Tune the Absorption Spectrum of Proteorhodopsin

Camilo Romero* (host: Steve Quane) / Geology of the Woodfibre LNG Building Site: Implications of Acoustic Transmission into the Howe Sound

* These Fellows were supported by Woodfibre LNG, Ltd.

2014 Summer Fellows

Tyler Heilman (host: Court Ashbaugh) / Garibaldi Provincial Park Weather Station: Technical Overview

Andrew Laird (host: Rich Wildman) / Towards the Modeling of Simulated Inflows to Lake Powell

Gillian Pool (host: Chris Neufeld) / Wildlife Monitoring of the Sea to Sky Gondola

Jenna Treissman (host: Negar Elmieh) / How our behaviors now affect our fertility later: Examining sexual health behaviors and STI prevalence at Quest University Canada

Mabel Vautravers (hosts: John Reid-Hresko and Curt Wasson) / Radio Silence, an original novella

2013 Summer Fellows

Annie Borch (host: Steve Quane) / Beyond the Barrier: A Final Report

Sommer Harris (host: Colin Bates) / Geology from Sea to Sky

Justin Lee (host: Neal Melvin) / Detecting the Source: Riboprobe Detection of APP mRNA to Delineate Aß Protein Expression in a Rhesus Macaque Model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Emma Linde (host: Rich Wildman) / Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Hydroelectric Reservoir and a Natural Lake in the Squamish Area

Caleb Raible-Clark (host: Richard Hoshino) / A Summer of Implementing Gradual Improvements to Systems at Quest

2012 Summer Fellows

Zuri Biringer (host: Jim Cohn) / Flowers, an original short story

Heather Harden (host: Megan Bulloch) / Psychological survey method development

Ashley Pearson (host: Rob Knop) / Nerves of the Heart, an original play

Eric Ross (host: Rob Knop) / Classical Chaos

Chloe Wightman (host: Rob Knop) / Methods of Galaxy Merger Classification

Publications by Quest Students In Peer-Reviewed Journals

Profiles of Quest Students in The Media

The Third Annual Quest Scholarship Conference will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Schedule and details to follow soon.

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