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The RISE Program

RISE is a summer student exchange programme for undergraduate students in the chemical sciences, who will have completed the equivalent of two or three full years of study as of the end of the school year in which they apply. Successful applicants will be awarded summer employment in the research group of a RISE group member at one of the participating institutions (not their own), and a small travel allowance. Universities with Coop programmes normally recognise the RISE summer placement as the equivalent of a Coop work term.

The RISE Group is a collection of scientists at eighteen institutions in Canada, whose research emphasizes the study of chemical or biochemical reaction mechanisms. While the research interests of the individuals in the group vary widely, all group members are committed to providing dedicated undergraduate students with opportunities to carry out original research and gain hands-on experience in the use of modern instrumental and other experimental techniques for the study of reaction mechanisms and reaction intermediates.

Dr. Michelle Chrétien Xerox Research Centre of Canada Fundamental and applied research in materials for xerographic and direct marking technologies; research in organic...
Prof. Gonzalo Cosa McGill University Novel fluorescence-based imaging strategies: Single Molecule Spectroscopy studies on protein/nucleic acid/lipid...
Prof. Belinda Heyne University of Calgary Free radicals and reactive oxygen species in the development of cancer.
Prof. Pierre Kennepohl UBC Vancouver  electronic structure and reactivity in catalytic systems - spectroscopy and computational chemistry.
Prof. Willie Leigh McMaster University Reactive intermediates in organosilicon, organogermanium, and organotin photochemistry, photochemical pericyclic...
Prof. Christian Reber Université de Montréal Spectroscopy and photochemistry of inorganic and organometallic compounds; luminescence, absorption and Raman...
Prof. J.C. (Tito) Scaiano University of Ottawa Kinetic and mechanistic studies of organic reaction intermediates; organic photochemistry; two photon processes;...
Prof. Greg Scholes University of Toronto nanocrystalline semiconductors; ultrafast laser spectroscopy; theory of energy transfer; photophysics of pi-conjugated...
Prof. Will Skene Université de Montréal Light shuttling materials; dynamic polymers; snap-on conjugated polymers; luminescent materials.
Prof. Kim Baines University of Western Ontario Mechanistic chemistry of unsaturated main group compounds, particularly those of silicon and germanium. Development and...
Prof. Cornelia Bohne University of Victoria Supramolecular dynamics, kinetics, photophysics, photochemistry, cyclodextrin, bile salt aggregates, DNA, proteins.
Prof. Neil Branda Simon Fraser University Construction of molecular switches to deliberately trigger molecules to undergo structural and functional changes.
Prof. Fran Cozens Dalhousie University Organic photochemistry; free radical chemistry; reactions in zeolites and other organized media.
Prof. David Cramb University of Calgary Photochemistry, photophysics, photodynamic therapy, nonlinear laser spectroscopies and imaging, excited state dynamics...
Dr. Linda Johnston National Research Council Reactive intermediates in biological systems; photochemistry in organized media; interfacial processes at biomembranes.
Prof. Glen Loppnow University of Alberta Biophysical Chemistry; photochemistry and photophysics of nucleic acids, proteins, and other biomolecules; resonance...
Prof. Matt Lukeman Acadia University Organic photochemistry; photocages; carbanion chemistry.
Prof. Scott Murphy University of Regina Supramolecular oganic photochemistry; photophysics; photochromism; kinetics; photoresponsive liposomes; drug delivery.
Prof. Xavier Ottenwaelder Concordia University Oxidation chemistry with metal complexes; tracking reactive intermediates in oxidation catalysis (nitrenes, oxygen...
Prof. Matthew Paige University of Saskatchewan Single-molecule and ensemble fluorescence spectroscopy; excited state dynamics; photophysics of fluorescent...
Prof. Brian Wagner University of Prince Edward Island Fluorescence spectroscopy of supramolecular host-guest systems.