2022 Excellence Grants for Summer Interns

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department of Physics of the Université de Montréal (UdeM), will soon be calling for applications from undergraduate students to the 2022 Trottier Research Grants and the Sureau Science Communication Grant for Summer Interns.

Apply here: https://forms.gle/A9ApLyDqzZxciMFH9
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you can apply for a Trottier grant, a Sureau grant, or both in the form)

Deadline: December 20th 2021

Contact nathalie@astro.umontreal.ca if you have questions.

 

The summer internships last 4 months (May to August 2022). They constitute a unique opportunity for students at the undergraduate level to join iREx’s dynamic team and to get involved in cutting-edge research in astrophysics or work in science communication. Interns will be able to actively participate in breakthrough scientific and outreach programs linked to exoplanets and related topics. 

All students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in physics, astrophysics or a related field at a Canadian university are eligible to apply to both grant competitions.

 

Trottier Research Grants

Projects will be available in various themes related to the detection and characterisation of exoplanets, working with data obtained various space (K2, TESS, JWST) and ground-based (OMM, CFHT, Gemini, la Silla) observatories using various techniques (velocimetry, transit, eclipse and transit spectroscopy, direct imaging). Projects will also be available on other astrophysical topics related to exoplanet science, such as the search for low-mass companions and isolated objects, the identification of young stars that are plausible exoplanet hosts, or the study of stellar activity that can hinder the detection of exoplanets. Finally, other projects will allow to work on the development of instruments for various observatories and on the conception of future space missions for astronomy. More details on the scientific programs of iREx are available on the institute’s website. The researchers who are available to supervise interns this summer are Professors Björn Benneke, Nicolas Cowan, Andrew CummingRené Doyon, Jonathan Gagné, David Lafrenière, Eve Lee, and Jason Rowe, and the researchers Loïc Albert and Étienne Artigau. Students with a strong preference for a specific supervisor and his research interests are encouraged to mention this in their application.

Selected interns will have the possibility to participate to one or more observing programs at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic during the summer, if the sanitary restrictions in application allow it. Also, one intern may be offered the possibility to work at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope over the course of a few weeks, on the Big Island of Hawaii in the United States, depending on the state of the global pandemic at the time.

The Trottier Excellence Grant for Summer Interns can be combined with an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). NSERC scholarship holders will receive $2000 from iREx and $6000 from NSERC, for a total of $8000. Non-NSERC scholarship holders will receive $4000 from iREx and at least $3000 from their supervisor, for a total of at least $7000. The internship will take place at the Université de Montréal (Professors Björn Benneke, René Doyon and David Lafrenière and researchers Loïc Albert and Étienne Artigau), McGill University (professor Andrew Cumming and Eve Lee) or Bishop’s University (professor Jason Rowe).

All students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in physics, astrophysics or a related field at a Canadian university are eligible to apply. Interested candidates should fill this online form, uploading their application file therein, including a short statement of interest (max. 1 page) in which they explain their motivation to obtain the internship as well as their research interests, a curriculum vitae, and their most recent academic transcripts*, by December 20th 2021. The successful candidates will be contacted in January 2022.

 

Sureau Science Communication Grant

The Institute has a vibrant education and public outreach (EPO) program with a number of initiatives led by professional science communicators with the support of iREx researchers. We organise public talks and events, visit classrooms and camp groups and are well versed in a number of communication media: podcasts, livestreams, educational videos, blogging, social media, traditional media, etc. Our YouTube channel showcases a number of these projects, and we’re always looking to expand our reach and format! We believe in the importance of not only training the next generation of scientists to be better researchers, but also better communicators!

We are thus proud to announce our very first Sureau Science Communication Grant, named in honour of Philippe Sureau whose generous donations and council has helped shaped iREx’s communications strategy. One Sureau grant will be awarded for the summer of 2022. The selected candidate will be awarded a $7000 grant and will be working at the Université de Montréal with iREx’s EPO team, Nathalie Ouellette, Marie-Eve Naud and Frédérique Baron, on a number of science communication projects. The Sureau intern may gain skills in communications, public speaking, event organising, social media management, scientific writing and much more.

Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at a Canadian university to be eligible to apply. Candidates enrolled in physics, astrophysics or a related field will be favoured, but we also welcome candidates enrolled in communications, journalism, education or a related field will also be considered. Interested candidates should fill this online form, uploading their application file therein, including a short statement of interest (max. 1 page) in which they explain their motivation to obtain the internship as well as their research interests, a curriculum vitae, and their most recent academic transcripts*, by December 20th 2021. The successful candidates will be contacted in January 2022.

 

About iREx

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) brings together more than 60 researchers (professors, postdocs and students) that have a leadership role in various international projects (notably the James Webb Space Telescope) and are engaged in a variety of observational, theoretical and instrumental projects as well as education and outreach initiatives.

 

You can learn more about internships at iREx through the interviews we did with the students who joined us in 20212020, 2019, 2018 and 2017.

iREx promotes diversity in its workforce through its Equal access to employment program. It encourages members of visible and ethnic minorities as well as women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply.

For more information on iREx, you can contact Nathalie Ouellette, iREx Coordinator, at nathalie@astro.umontreal.ca.

 

*Note about transcripts: if you are currently in your first university semester, please include your CEGEP (or grade 12, if from outside of Quebec) transcript, on which your Cote R (or global average) is indicated. We prefer official transcripts, but non-official ones are also accepted.

**Note about the global pandemic situation: Given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2022 summer internships may be offered in a remote setting, an in person setting, or a combination of both. The iREx is committed to respecting the health measures imposed by government agencies and will endeavour to take into account the situation of our selected candidates.