Quantum Pathways

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at the University of British Columbia is offering multi-year summer research scholarships to women and other underrepresented groups who are  undertaking studies in the physical sciences and engineering.

The Quantum Pathways program provides up to 4 years of research experience to first- and second-year undergraduate students interested in the field of quantum materials. Participants are generally expected to return to SBQMI each school year:

  • Scholarships to support a sequence of up to four 16-week summer research positions throughout their years as an undergraduate student (in special cases,  the scholarships can be provided at other times than during the summer)
  • One-to-one mentoring in research, writing, public presentations and career preparation
  • Workshops and courses to develop research and professional skills
  • Opportunities to work with our partner institutions
  • Travel allowance for research and conferences

How to Apply to Quantum Pathways
The Quantum Pathways program focuses on students from groups that are underrepresented in the field of quantum materials, such as women, First Nations people, and visible minorities. Applicants should be completing their first or second year of post-secondary education and are asked to submit the following:

  • a copy of their most recent university transcript 
  • one letter of reference to be sent directly to SBQMI
  • cover letter with a statement of interest explaining the research area to be pursued

The cover letter should include a 500-word biography that tells us about your personal background and life experiences (including any social, cultural, educational or other challenges you have overcome). Please indicate how you will contribute to the Quantum Pathways mission to enhance the diversity of future scientific communities and share our science with a broader audience.

Please send applications and reference letter to quantumpathways@sbqmi.ubc.ca by January 31, 2020.