Interested in Joining Western Space?

The mission of the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration is to lead in interdisciplinary research and innovation in Earth and space exploration, and to strengthen and grow the Canadian Earth and space exploration communities through inspiring and training the next generation of scientists, engineers, doctors, social scientists and entrepreneurs! The Institute’s activities concentrate on Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research, National and International Leadership, Training, and Public Engagement and Outreach, see our about page for more details. The Institute aims to share the excitement of Earth and space exploration with the Canadian public, and attract the brightest young minds to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

There are many ways to get involved in Institute activities! To get a better idea of who we are and what we do, browse this website, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and consider attending one of our open events, such as our weekly Seminar series. If you’re ready to take the next step, read on to check out the criteria and expectations for becoming an official member of the Institute.

Faculty Members

Membership Criteria:

To be an Institute member, Western faculty members must self-identify as a researcher that:
  • Conducts research in one or more of the 6 main Research Themes of the Institute and support problem- and team-based research in these research themes by contributing to the 4 Interdisciplinary Research Competencies of the Institute.

Expectations:

Faculty members of the Institute are expected to:
  • List the Institute as an affiliation in addition to their home department in all research contributions related to the Institute research themes.
  • Engage in the promotion of the Institute (e.g., by highlighting their involvement in the Institute, by engaging through social media, giving public talks, conducting outreach activities, etc.)
  • Provide the Institute with an annual report (for members of UWOFA, a copy of the Annual Performance Evaluation at the time of submission) to be used for the purposes of reporting overall group metrics, and to support funding applications for the Institute.
  • Participate, or be willing to participate, in:
Membership will be reviewed every 3 years by the Institute’s Executive Council. Faculty will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of participation to maintain membership in the Institute.

Benefits:

Becoming a Faculty member of the Institute means that you will benefit from the following:
  • Promotion and Enhancement of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research: Through its various activities, the Institute provides opportunities for networking and the establishment of new collaborations, career development opportunities, seed funding for new research projects, and logistical support for major grant and contract applications and project management support to administer such grants and contracts.
  • Promotion and Recruitment of Graduate Programs: On behalf of all faculty members, the Institute conducts graduate student recruitment at conferences and events and through our website and social media platforms. The Institute also administers the Collaborative Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration and provides grants and funding support for graduate students members of the Institute.
  • Promotion and Support for Communications: The Institute provides opportunities, support, and training for faculty members in the area of communications, social media, knowledge translation, and acts as a liaison with Western Media Relations for announcements and events related to activities by Institute faculty members.
If you meet the criteria as listed above, complete this Registration Form and send to westernspace@uwo.ca. For more information please contact westernspace@uwo.ca.

Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Staff

Membership Criteria:

To be an Institute member, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral associates, and research staff, must self-identify as a researcher that:
  • Conducts research in one or more of the 6 main Research Themes of the Institute and support problem- and team-based research in these research themes by contributing to the 4 Interdisciplinary Research Competencies of the Institute.

Expectations:

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral associates, and research staff members of the Institute are expected to:
  • List the Institute as an affiliation in addition to their home department in all research contributions related to the Institute research themes.
  • Engage in the promotion of the Institute (e.g., by highlighting their involvement in the Institute, by engaging through social media, giving public talks, conducting outreach activities, etc.
  • The weekly Institute seminar series [link to Seminar page] and other Institute events such as the Distinguished Lecture Series, Space Day, etc.
  • Provide the Institute with an with an annual report on academic, outreach and career development activities to be used for the purposes of reporting overall group metrics, and to support funding applications for the Institute.
Membership will be reviewed every 3 years by the Institute’s Executive Council. Faculty will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of participation to maintain membership in the Institute.

Benefits:

Becoming a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, postdoctoral associate, or research staff member of the Institute means that you will benefit from the following:
  • Opportunities to Participate in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research: Through its various activities, the Institute provides opportunities for networking and to participate in interdisciplinary collaborative research activities under the supervision of Institute faculty members.
  • Support for Graduate Studies: The Institute administers the Collaborative Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration and provides grants and funding support (e.g., subsidized field courses, travel grants) for graduate students members of the Institute.
  • Promotion and Support for Communications: The Institute provides opportunities, support, and training for faculty members in the area of communications, social media, knowledge translation, and acts as a liaison with Western Media Relations for announcements and events related to activities by Institute members.
If you meet the criteria as listed above, complete this Registration Form and send to westernspace@uwo.ca. For more information please contact westernspace@uwo.ca.

Undergraduate Students

We welcome participation of undergraduate students in all Institute activities! While there is no mechanism for undergraduate students to become formal Institute members, there are many ways to get involved! Institute events such as the weekly seminar series, the annual Distinguished Lecture Series, and the annual Space Day event are all open to undergraduate students. To sign up to the Institute mailing list to receive e-mails about all events, please contact westernspace@uwo.ca.

For undergraduate students wishing to take a degree in a topic(s) related to the Institute, the participating departments offer various degree programs. There is also a Minor in Planetary Science and Space Exploration offered by the Department of Earth Sciences that the Institute directly supports.

The Institute also offers opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in interdisciplinary and team-based projects, such as the Western University - Nunavut Arctic College CubeSat Project, the High Altitude Balloon Initiative, and space mission simulations or so-called analogue missions such as CanMoon.

Many Institute faculty hire undergraduate students for summer research experiences, so please check out our faculty members and reach out to them for opportunities. In addition, coming for summer 2020 is a new Earth and Space Exploration Summer Internship Program – check our Undergraduate training page where information will be posted in Fall 2019.

Finally, there are also several undergraduate societies that we encourage students to check out:

Space Society of London:
Western Rocketry club:
Western Aero Design club: