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2017 Host Laboratories

Choose from one of the following mentorship opportunities

More questions about the program? Please reach out to any of the names listed above or the closest regional ICE representative below.

Why should I be interested in the ICE opportunity?

Below are just some of the reasons why you may want be a part of ICE this summer;

1. Expand your network and leave your comfrot zone by travelling and working at other Canadain Universities

Maja in the Lab


2. It is an amazing experiential learning opportunity where you can be a part of cutting edge research in the areas of nanomaterials, solar energy, catalysis, and so much more!

Sahana and a fluorescent dye

3. You get the opportunity to apply what you are learning in the classroom and further develop your critical thinking and problem solving skills with the help of amazing mentors.

Jenn and her column


4. You get paid ($$$) and have the opportunity to go to conferences and the travel expenses are also covered as part of the program!

Omar at the vacline
Exchange Details and Timelines

The following outlines the timelines as part of the program;

October 2016: Download the application form and submit to your regional or school representative by November 4, 2016

December 2016:  ICE Student Scholars are selected by the national organizers and are matched with faculty supervisors

January 2017: Apply for an NSERC USRA at host institution

May 2017: Travel to host university (travel costs are covered as part of the program), spend the summer participating in research at your host lab

August 2017: Travel to the ICE conference in Saskatoon, SK (travel costs are covered) to present the results of your summer’s research

Since 2004: the History of the ICE

In conversation with Dr. Lisa Rosenberg, one of the co-founders of the ICE program,

Q. Lisa, how did the ICE exchange get started in 2004?

A. Deryn Fogg and I had a series of discussions arounded the fact idea that across Canada, chemistry researchers were eager to recruit outstanding graduate students, and that we were all essentially training each others’ future coworkers. Recognizing the great success of the RISE programs aimed at helping undergraduate students to think maturely and broadly about their career options in mass spectrometry and photochemistry, we decided our field of inorganic chemistry needed the same type of program to increase its visibility among talented undergraduates. The goal was to identify and nurture the abilities of promising undergraduates, by giving them exciting, challenging, out-of-province summer research positions. We kept it simple the first year: Deryn sent a great student to spend the summer working in my lab in Victoria. Sébastien Monfette, who is now a research scientist at Pfizer, still speaks of how formative that experience was for him. Deryn had just become Chair of the Inorganic Division of the CSC. At the Division AGM that year (2004), she and I,  articulated her vision for a larger-scale program, and it was unanimously approved. She commissioned me, as a Division Executive member at large, to set up the ICE program as we now know it. 

Q. Lisa, reflecting on your original motivation for the program, what would you say are some of it greatest accomplishments over the last 10 years?

A. As we expected, the program has identified and supported many outstanding students over the years, many of whom  have gone on to graduate school in Chemistry, and other professional careers. What we did not fully anticipated was the collegiality and community-building that would occur among the faculty as well. The recruitment portion of the program puts us in the unusual position of selling other peoples’ research to our brightest undergraduates, and at the end-of-summer conference we get to know our colleagues and about their research programs in an informal setting where the focus is not on us (!).  The network building and exchange of ideas moves outwards from this program in great waves, for students and faculty alike.


Pictures and Alumni coming soon... but while you wait, you should consider becoming a future alumni yourself!

Contact Us

ICE Program Coordinator

Dr. Andrew Grosvenor

University of Saskatchewan 


Dr. Bryan Koivisto 

Ryerson University