EQUS' summer research program is a funded opportunity for undergraduate students to get a taste of scientific research and learn new skills. Successful applicants will undertake a defined research project at one of our nodes and have the opportunity to participate in professional development activities.
The main objectives of this program are to:
This 2023–24 program is open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students, and students from other underrepresented groups in STEM. This is in line with our goal of broadening participation of such groups by creating pathways that ensure a more diverse supply of interested and prepared future HDR candidates, and promoting the sustainability of pathways through inclusive recruitment practices and collaborative, cross-institutional networking.
To be eligible for the program, applicants should:
Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:
Projects are available at all our nodes and virtually, and on a range of topics. Applicants may either choose from the list of advertised projects or propose a new one. If you would like to propose a new project, please reach out to the relevant CI(s) to discuss before applying.
A project typically runs for 4–6 weeks, between November 2023 and March 2024. Project dates and length are flexible; however, all participants are expected to attend an induction session at the start of the program and a project presentation session at the end of the program (dates TBC).
Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $500 per week for the duration of their project, which must be paid into an Australian bank account.
To apply, please complete and submit the application form. As part of the application, you will need to provide your CV, a cover letter, and a copy of your current studies report or academic transcript. The same form is used for all projects; you will be able to indicate your project preference as part of the application.
Note that, in addition to data necessary to assess the applications, we are collecting demographic information to allow us to assess the diversity of the applicant pool, in line with our goal of increasing participation rates for members of underrepresented groups in STEM. Providing this information is optional and will be treated as confidential. Applicants are required only to confirm their eligibility as a member of an underrepresented group, not to provide proof. We encourage all those eligible to apply, regardless of background.
Applications close at midnight (AEST) on 22nd October 2023. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
EQUS' mission is to engineer the quantum future by building quantum machines that harness the quantum world for practical applications. We are solving the most challenging research problems at the interface of basic quantum physics and engineering, working with partners in industry to translate these discoveries into practical applications and devices, and training a new generation of scientists in cutting-edge research, innovation and entrepreneurialism.
We are committed to improving equity, diversity and inclusion within our Centre, at our partner institutions and in the wider quantum physics community. Our goal is to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment which allows all our members to achieve success, and to feel respected and supported.
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