Interested in joining our research group
There are many different ways in which undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates can become part of our team. We are always looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated team members. Here are a few valuable resources to help you identify relevant opportunities.
For Guelph and Canadian Undergraduate Students
CHEM*4900 and CHEM*4910 are 4th year project courses. Each course is one semester long, requiring a minimum of 10 hours/week in the lab. If you are a student at Guelph, you can register in the Fall, Winter or Summer semester for the first 4th year project course (CHEM*4900) and then you can continue your research in a subsequent semester by registering in CHEM*4910. The two semesters do NOT have to be consecutive.
NSERC USRA is an Undergraduate Summer Research Award that pays a salary for 16 weeks of full-time laboratory work. USRA positions are advertised in the Department of Chemistry every year in late January. You must apply for these positions through the department. It is possible to hold a USRA position in the Summer, Fall or Winter semester, so co-op students can use this as a possible job placement solution. You must be an undergraduate student registered at a Canadian university (doesn’t have to be Guelph).
URA is an Undergraduate Research Award given by the University of Guelph. It pays a salary for 16 weeks of full-time laboratory work. It must be held in the Summer semester and a successful candidate must prove financial need. URA positions are advertised at the same time as USRA positions (see above).
Inorganic Chemistry Exchange (ICE) program is a network that enables Canadian undergraduate students to pursue a full-time, paid Summer research internship at a university other than their own. Often, the mechanism involves application for an NSERC USRA or comparable award, but this is not mandatory.
Volunteers are also welcome. Many students get their first introduction to laboratory research by volunteering. Contact Prof. Preuss if you are interested in volunteering as a research assistant.
For International Graduate Students
Mitacs Globalink – Research Internship is a program that matches undergraduate students from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey or Vietnam with a Canadian research group. The internship allows an undergraduate student to travel to Canada to work on a 12-week research project. If you participate in an undergraduate Mitacs Internship, you are eligible to apply for a Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship to pursue a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Canada.
Science without Borders is a program enabling Brazilian students to pursue one year of undergraduate study at a Canadian institution. This year can include a placement in a research laboratory at a Canadian institution for 16 weeks of full-time research during the Summer semester. There are also opportunities for graduate students and postdocs through the Science without Borders program.
For Prospective Graduate Students (M.Sc. and Ph.D)
The Guelph-Waterloo Center for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry (GWC)2 is a graduate program shared between the Chemistry Departments at the universities of Guelph and Waterloo. In order to pursue an M.Sc. or Ph.D. in the Preuss group, you must apply to (GWC)2.
NSERC of Canada has several categories of graduate scholarship available for Canadian students. The Vanier scholarship is also available for international students. Application deadlines are typically late November for scholarships beginning the following May, or later.
Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) are available for students applying to, or enrolled in, a graduate degree program at the University of Guelph.
Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship is a program targeted at students who participated in the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (undergraduate program; see above), allowing them to pursue a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Canada.
Science without Borders is a program enabling Brazilian students to pursue research in Canada. There are no specific scholarships targeting Brazilian students at the Master’s level, but Ph.D. internships and full-time Ph.D. scholarships are available. There are also opportunities for undergraduate and postdoctoral scholarships.
For Graduate Student Exchanges (i.e., short internships and collaborations)
The Dobbins Scholarship allows Irish graduate students to visit a Canadian research laboratory in pursuit of a collaborative or joint research project between the Irish and Canadian research groups. There are also opportunities for Canadian students to visit Irish research groups. Application deadlines are typically early in the year.
For Prospective Postdoctoral Students
The Banting PDF is a prestigious fellowship that awards postdoctoral funding for 2 years. Both Canadian citizens and foreign nationals are eligible. There are institutional internal deadlines one month before the external deadlines, usually in September. The application process is lengthy, so plan ahead!
**This list is by no means comprehensive. Foreign nationals are encouraged to seek information on funding available through their own national programs.**