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Summer at CQIQC! Scholarship students reflect on research projects & career goals

Recipients of CQIQC's competitive scholarship program discussed their summer research projects, program experience and their future goals.

For many undergraduate students, summers may be a time for part-time jobs or summer schools. However, four students at the University of Toronto spent their summer conducting cutting-edge research in quantum science and engineering— a unique opportunity for undergraduate students.

Their research projects were funded through the Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control (CQIQC)’s Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship Program. CQIQC is a research centre under the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science, whose mission is to advance quantum science and technology research at U of T. CQIQC’s faculty members are professors in different departments at the University, including Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Physics, Chemistry, Math, and Computer Science. The summer scholarships allow recipients to undertake summer research projects in CQIQC members’ research groups.

This program is “a great stepping stone for pursuing graduate studies in quantum,” says past recipient Vivek Dhande, a 4th year Engineering undergraduate. In summer 2022, he conducted his research project under ECE’s Professor Sorin Voinigescu. “Through CQIQC’s events, conferences and strong connection with Toronto's leading quantum industry partners, I enjoyed meeting and growing my network with members of the wider U of T and Toronto's quantum community. The program allowed me to dive into semiconductor spin-qubits, one of the leading quantum computing platforms. Not only did it introduce me to the spin-qubit hardware architecture in an engineering-minded manner, but I also pursued a graduate-level project on silicon quantum dot simulations – providing early insights into optimal qubit device design.”

This year, CQIQC received 65 outstanding applications. Four students were selected through a process based on academic performance and a supplementary application.

Each recipient sat down for an interview to discuss their research project, the scholarship program, and their future goals.

Please click the button below to read each student’s interview.

Note: The program year reflects the student’s status when admitted to CQIQC Summer Program.

The number of applicants CQIQC received is a testament to the stellar talent and brilliance in U of T’s undergraduate community. "We were delighted to have received so many outstanding applications from top students. It was difficult to disappoint so many of them,” says Dvira Segal, CQIQC’s Director and a professor in the Department of Chemistry. “To all students – those who have joined CQIQC this summer and those we could not extend an offer – I hope that each of you maintains your passion for research wherever your journey continues”.