The Walker Summer Research Award was established by Dr. Graham Walker, a 1970 BSc Honours in Chemistry graduate from Carleton University, who is currently a professor in the Department of Biology at MIT. The purpose of the award is to assist promising undergraduate students in gaining research experience with a research group in Chemistry or Biochemistry at Carleton during the summer months. The  award is  for a full 16-week period.

Interested undergraduate students should submit an application by February 28, 2021 to the Walker Award committee:

Walker Award committee
c/o Caitlyn McKenzie

The application must include the following:

  1. A cover letter outlining your research experience, your aspirations for a career in research, and a brief description of your intended summer research project. One or two pages is sufficient for this letter.
  2. A written affirmation of interest from your intended faculty supervisor to support you for the summer.
  3. Your contact information.

Please note, you are not eligible for the Walker Award if you are awarded an NSERC USRA or DSRI. If you require more information, please email 

If public health restrictions continue, the award may be offered in an online format.

Dr Graham Walker gave a talk at MIT about his career in 2018. He discussing his childhood fascination with science, how it led him to MIT, and his current research endeavors — studying DNA repair and mutagenesis, as well as symbiosis between bacteria and plants. From 9-17 minutes he talks about Ottawa, Carleton University and his experience with Chemistry Professor Bob Wightman.