The Rehabilitation Research and Technology Development Department at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital offers students with exceptional academic records an opportunity to participate in research. Students are accepted from high school (Careers, WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) or HYRS (Heritage Youth Researcher Summer) Programs between grades 11 and 12) to undergraduate, masters, PhD programs and post-doctoral candidates.

The majority of students have technical backgrounds in engineering science, while others are in pre-medicine or kinesiology practicum placements. Most students are enrolled at the University of Alberta, but students from other Canadian universities and international programs such as IASTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) and UARE (University of Alberta Research Experience) are accepted.

The Glenrose experience helps shape career plans for the students, with some pursuing graduate studies, enrolling in medicine or rehabilitation medicine programs, academic careers, working in traditional engineering roles and some self-employed as entrepreneurs.