The ISS Training Program for Undergraduate Students: Program Details

Undergraduates accepted into the Integrated Sensor Systems Training Program Participate in a 16 week funded research project on integrated sensor development at one of the four participating universities and participate in a number of special training activities intended to introduce and expand their understanding of the scintillating world of integrated sensor systems research.

The ISS Undergraduate Program requires one full time semester to complete. In some circumstances, students may complete the research section of the program in the Fall or Winter semester, but students must be able to attend training activities in held Summer.

Program Eligibility

The ISS Training Program accepts undergraduate applications for the upcoming year each SPRING. Please check the Apply Now page for dates and information on applying.

The NSERC CREATE Training Program in Integrated Sensor Systems is open to students registered as an undergraduate student at McGill, Sherbrooke, Ecole Polytechnique or INRS.

Undergraduate students should have 1 year of undergraduate study completed at the time of application.

Students may apply for a small number of research awards for summer research projects. Students who already receive funding for summer projects may also apply for the program and will receive subsidized participation in the training activities and cost compensation for specified travel costs.

Please see the Program Guide for full details on eligibility requirements.

  • Students may not be current holders of any NSERC or other federal granting agency Summer Research scholarships.
  • Preference may be given to students enrolled in natural science and engineering fields.
  • Participation in required ISS Program events is required to maintain eligibility for ISS Undergraduate Research Awards.
  • Please see the Program Guide for full details on eligibility requirements.
  • The ISS program provides cost compensation for travel and accommodation when inter-city travel is required to attend ISS events and activities.  Students are responsible for their own accommodation costs during the course of the research project.
  • Application for other travel funds will be assessed based on need and funding availability during the program application process.
  • Please see the Program Guide for full details on eligibility requirements

Research Projects

The ISS program advertises a number of projects each Spring on the ISS website which are acceptable to the ISS program.

If there is a specific project or supervisor which interests you and you would like to see it included in the program, please speak with your supervisor about submitting a project application by the UG Supervisor Project deadline in January.

Students in the ISS Undergraduate Program can apply to any project in any school or department in the participating universities.  Some projects may require a specified skillset or have other eligibility requirements based on funding rules.  Students are responsible to show that they meet this requirement in their application.

Project assignments and student funding decisions are made by the ISS selection Committee.

Most projects start in May, in some circumstances the research project may be completed in the next Fall and Winter.

Students are expected to submit a poster on their project after the project is completed.  The posters will be presented at an event to be specified.


Instructions for undergraduate students:

Please click here to view available projects.

Contact the Program Administrator or please visit the ISS People list for information about supervisors and possible projects in your area of interest and/or your department's website to find your own professor to contact.

Training Activities

Students accepted into the ISS Training Program will receive the following training fully subsidized by NSERC's CREATE Program and by the participating universities (total value of up to $1000).

One of the following intensive hands-on workshops in laboratory skills, to be offered in May:

  • Microfabrication or
  • Surface Chemistry

As well as the following technical and professional activities in May-June and August-September:

  • Poster presentation or networking event
  • Project management or Entrepreneurship
  • Process control