2022 Trottier 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 Excellence Grants for Summer Interns.

More information on internships, how to submit an application and the deadline will be available soon!

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. Interns will be able to actively participate in breakthrough scientific programs linked to exoplanets and related topics. 

An artistic representation of the exoplanet K2-18b, its red dwarf star, and its sibling exoplanet K2-18c. (Credit: Alex Boersma)

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

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). For non-NSERC-bursary students, professors will complement iREx’s Trottier Excellence Grant. The internship will take place

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

About iREx

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) brings together more than 50 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.

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 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.