Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Summer Research Positions for Students under the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Posted On: January 29, 2016
Status: Closed

Summer research positions in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, Queen’s University are available for highly qualified students under the NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award program in the following areas:

Astronomy and Particle Astrophysics

Theoretical and observational astronomy, general relativity, large scale structure, high energy astrophysics, non-linear dynamics and turbulence, solar system stability and evolution. Experimental research and development for projects underway at the SNOLAB underground facility for astroparticle physics. Current experimental programs looking for students include SNO+, DEAP, SuperCDMS and PICASSO (see for more information). These experiments are exploring the properties of fundamental particles, and their impact on the evolution and structure of the universe, and include searches for dark matter, neutrino properties, and supernova explosions.

Condensed Matter Physics, Optics and Engineering & Applied Physics

Nanoscale electronic and mechanical systems, experimental and computational materials physics, small-angle X-ray scattering studies of polymer alloys, nanophysics, scanning probe microscopy, semiconductor spintronics, magnetic non-destructive evaluation, medical ultrasound imaging, medical physics, ultrafast nonlinear optics, polymer photonic devices, nanophotonics, quantum optics, photonic crystals, chiral photonics, ultracold matter and Bose-Einstein condensation, quantum materials and highly-correlated electronsystems.

Monthly Stipends

Total monthly stipends for summer research positions, with and without NSERC awards, are as follows:

Students Completing: No NSERC With NSERC
First year $1800 $2000
Second Year $2050 $2250
Third Year $2250 $2450
Fourth Year $2350 $2550


Men and women from Physics, Engineering Physics, Astronomy and related programs are encouraged to apply. Applicants must indicate preferred areas of research and are also advised to contact potential supervisors directly. (See Research Groups)


You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada; be registered as a full-time student; have completed at least one year and preferably two or three years of a physics or engineering physics program; and have obtained at least a "B" and preferably an "A" standing over previous years of study. (See NSERC Scholarships & Fellowships Guide for details).

How to apply:

Complete NSERC Form 202, Application for an Undergraduate Student Research Award.

Application Form (Form 202):

Please print and submit the completed form 202 Part I to Loanne Meldrum, Room 205, Stirling Hall.