Ambassador Program



Ambassador Program Outline

About the Program:

The FSST Ambassador Program brings together dedicated students who are passionate about science and research to provide opportunities for other youth in the community, consistent with the Foundation's mission.

Primary Objectives:

Internal Ambassador Objectives (personal gains):

  • To develop transferable skills such as teamwork, communication and problem solving.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to acquire an interdisciplinary perspective on scientific inquiry.
  • To build on leadership qualities and individual growth through various STEM-related outreach activities.

External Ambassador Objectives (contributions to the larger student community):

  • To help students across Canada understand the process of scientific investigation.
  • To provide students interested in science and research with opportunities where they can become exposed to various careers within STEM.
  • To foster a scientifically literate generation of young people through collaboration with the Journal of Student Science and Technology and the Online Research Co-op program.

Ambassador Responsibilities:

  • Every Ambassador must join one Regional Team (if you live in a region where such a team exists) and an online Project Team .
  • Work with students in your region to organize events, for example the FSST’s flagship event, RISE (Research In Science Exhibition). These events act as a learning opportunity for young people looking be involved in the STEM-research fields.
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  • Promote FSST initiatives online (social media) and offline (posters, word of mouth etc.)

Expectations and Commitments:

  • 1 year term (October - June)
  • There will be a re-admission process for students interested in continuing beyond the 1 year term through a final end of year report and recommendations from Team Leaders.
  • A lack of commitment and communication with Team Leaders and/or Program Coordinators can result in dismissal from the program given that students have been warned of this in advance.
  • Students must inform Program Coordinators if something hinders their ability to contribute to the program for a set period of time (e.g. vacation)
  • Students will be expected to contribute at least 40 hours throughout the ambassador term.
  • In general, students will be expected to respond to emails sent to their FSST accounts within 48 hours.

Ambassador Meetings:

  • Students will have meetings on a regular basis (usually at least two per month) with their regional and/or project teams
  • Regional Teams will have a minimum of one in-person meeting per month at a location determined by the Regional Team Leader.
  • Project Teams will generally meet once a month by Google Hangouts.
    Benefits of Being an Ambassador
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion with your volunteer hours listed at the end of your term
  • Reference letters will be provided upon request at the discretion of your supervisor
  • Have a say in the development of the program
  • Networking opportunities with students around Canada and your community
  • Be recognized for your contributions and receive awards including:
  • Best Regional Team Award
  • Best Project Team Award
  • Best Ambassador Award
  • Ambassador of the Month (nominated by Team Leaders monthly) Team and Leaders Descriptions

Regional teams (RT) Description:

  • Ambassadors work in their respective regional teams to develop outreach activities such as events (e.g. RISE) and workshops, and representing the Foundation at external events.
  • Regional teams aim to enrich each Ambassador’s networking, teamwork, leadership and communication skills.
  • Meetings of regional teams are generally held monthly in person or online at the discretion of the Team Leader and depending on the activities planned.

Benefits of Being an Ambassador

  • Receive a Certificate of Completion with your volunteer hours listed at the end of your term
  • Reference letters will be provided upon request at the discretion of your supervisor  
  • Have a say in the development of the program
  • Networking opportunities with students around Canada and your community
  • Be recognized for your contributions and receive awards including:
  • Best Regional Team Award
  • Best Project Team Award
  • Best Ambassador Award
  • Ambassador of the Month (nominated by Team Leaders monthly)

Program Guidelines

Meet our Ambassadors

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please fill out this application. Please email Abeera Shahid, Director Outreach at fsst.ambassadors@fsst.ca if you have any questions regarding the program.