Announcing the RQM/MEOPAR Tracer Release eXperiment Graduate Student Awards

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The TReX Project

Responding to emergencies, managing coastal environments sustainably, predicting the impacts of human activity and climate change on marine ecosystems, and ensuring safety and well-being of coastal communities require having timely access to appropriate information about the state of the ocean and its evolution. This information must be properly used, understood, and communicated among individuals at various organizations involved in response management.

The overarching objective of the RQM-MEOPAR Tracer Release Experiment (TReX) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is to develop and demonstrate Canadian capacity for the forecasting of contaminant dispersal and biogeochemical transformation in coastal marine environments. This is linked, explicitly, to a response component involving coastal communities and government agencies responsible for responding to accidental releases of contaminants. The study is designed to act as a research aggregator: drawing together modelling, observational, and response research teams from across Canada, and from government and academia.

About the TReX Graduate Student Awards

The purpose of the Graduate Student Awards is to attract and support graduate students to participate in the TReX project. Proposed research activities supported by this award must fall under, and contribute, to the TReX project.

The Graduate Student Awards will provide a stipend for students currently enrolled in a graduate program while carrying out research activities on the TReX project. The award does not aim at funding the graduate student stipend for the totality of the student graduate program, but rather fund the student for a certain number of semesters during which the student will carry out research activities on the TReX project that will contribute to a part of the student’s research project for its thesis.

These awards will be offered on a semester basis. Students can apply for a single semester or up to 4 consecutive semesters from Winter 2021 to Winter 2022.

Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled (at the time of receiving the award) in a graduate program full-time at a Canadian university
  • Be supervised by a researcher from any NSERC eligible institution outside of Québec and “co-advised” by a researcher (e.g. university, government, etc.) in Québec that is participating/collaborating on the TReX project OR Be supervised by a researcher from any NSERC eligible institution in Québec and “co-advised” by a researcher (e.g. university, government, etc.) outside of Québec that is participating/collaborating on the TReX project
    • The “co-advisor” doesn’t have to be on the student’s thesis committee.
    • The “co-advisor” will have an advisory role with the student in the context of the student’s proposed project as part of TReX
    • The “co-advisor” has to be participating/collaborating on the TReX project

FOR FULL DETAILS, CLICK HERE (English) or HERE (French)

For further information, please contact Geneviève Lalonde (coordinator, RQM) or Isabelle Tremblay  (Research Program Manager, MEOPAR).