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Summer 2023 Applications due October 28, 2022

Click the links below to see what kind of exciting research is going at the ICE2023 host destinations


Principle Investigator

University, City

Research Keywords

Johanna Blacquiere, external link

Western, London

sustainable synthesis, organometallics, homogeneous catalysis, cooperative ligands, mechanism

Barry Blight, external link

UNB, Fredericton

Photoredox Catalysis, Interlocked Molecules, Porous Solids and Membranes, Theranostic materials

Michelle Dolgos, external link

UCalgary, Calgary

Energy-related materials, solid state chemistry, synthesis, X-ray diffraction, and piezoelectrics

Marcus Drover, external link

UWindsor, Windsor

organometallics, main-group, energy and sustainability, carbon dioxide fixation, boron

Conrard Giresse Tetsassi Feugmo, external link

UWaterloo, Waterloo

clean energy, gas sensor, machine learning, computational chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis

Stefania Impellizzeri, external link

Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto

sensors, materials chemistry, physical organic chemistry, synthesis, spectroscopy

Mike Katz, external link

Memorial, St. Johns

Porous materials, Metal-organic frameworks, Gas adsorption/separation, Environmental remediation

Marc-André Légaré, external link

McGill, Montreal

catalysis, main group elements, green chemistry, synthesis

Dave Leitch, external link

UVictoria, Victoria

Catalyst development, high-throughput experimentation, organometallics, organic synthesis, predictive modeling

Chuck Macdonald, external link

Dalhousie, Halifax

Sustainable synthesis, main group chemistry, synthesis, computational chemistry, x-ray crystallography

Gab Ménard, external link

UCalgary, Calgary

energy storage, metal capture, electrochemistry, synthesis, main group and coordination chemistry

Conor Pranckevicius, external link

UBC Okanagan, Kelowna

Organomtallics, small molecule activation, catalysis, functional materials, mechanisms

Andrew Vreugdenhil, external link

Trent University, Peterborough

carbon materials, environmental remediation, surface functionalization, ATRP, click chemistry


October 2022 - Submit your application to your faculty recruiter (below) by Oct 28th

Nov/Dec 2022 - Successful applicants will be matched with summer supervisor and informed

January 2023 - Work with faculty host to prepare and submit your NSERC USRA or equivalent summer grant

May 2023 - Travel (travel costs are covered) to your host institution and begin your research

August 2023 - Travel to Kewona, BC (travel costs are covered) to present your summer research to the rest of the ICE participants


Below are the is of ICE recruiters, but if you don't see your university on the list below, please send your application to Marcus Drover at the University of Windsor.

Recruiter Location Email
Gab Ménard Calgary
Stephanie MacQuarrie Cape Breton
Sean Barry Carleton
Ashlee Howarth Concordia
Saurabh Chitnis Dalhousie
Linus Chiang Fraser Valley
Kate Marczenko Guelph
Guillaume Belanger-Chabot Laval
Mario Bieringer Manitoba
Marc-Andre Legare McGill
Michael Katz Memorial
Glen Briand Mount Allison
Tom Baker Ottawa
Jason Masuda St. Mary's
Andrew Grosvenor Saskatchewan
Bryan Koivisto TMU
Andrew Vreugdenhil Trent
Conor Pranckevicius UBC-O
Eva Nichols UBC-V
Barry Blight UNB
Conrard Giresse Tetsassi Feugmo Waterloo
Johanna Blacquiere Western
Marcus Drover Windsor
Louise Dawe WLU

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

Maja in the Lab

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

Sahana and a fluorescent dye

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!

Jenn and her column

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.

Omar at the vacline

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

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!

ICE Program Coordinator
Dr. Johanna Blacquiere
Western University

ICE Recruitment Coordinator

Dr. Marcus Drover, external link

University of Windsor


ICE Webmaster 
Dr. Bryan Koivisto
Ryerson University, opens in new window