SPARK is an acronym for Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge. SPARK is a unique experiential learning opportunity -- developed at the University of Guelph -- for students to gain communications experience. Through SPARK, students acquire marketable skills and knowledge that they can take into the professional world.

SPARK stories are written with a journalistic approach, professionally edited and reviewed by researchers for accuracy before being released.

The SPARK program celebrated its 30th anniversary in the 2019-2020 academic year. Since its inception with two students, to the present where it now involves up to 10 participants per year, SPARK has developed a niche for making science understandable to the public and helping develop a culture that is supportive of research.

For more information on the program and/or how to apply, contact Cate Willis, Project and Communications Officer at

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