Experiential Learning Opportunities

The Institute for Earth and Space Exploration is pleased to offer a diverse research focused support through offering targeted funding and access to experience enhacing oppertunities otherwise out of reach for early career researchers. The goal of this program is to support Collaborative Specilization students by enabling them to participate in enriching activities such as research conferences, workshops, field schools, and other activities that are not considererd required courses in their program, but deepen the understanding of their research feild and offer unique interactions leading to more dynamic future research. 


Students must be enrolled in full-time graduate studies at Western and be enrolled and in good standing in the Collaborative Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration.

Current Experiences:

Be a DPS Ambassador for Western Space!

We have an exciting funding opportunity for a graduate student or a postdoctoral fellow looking to attend the Division for Planetary Sciences Conference happening in London, ON from October 2nd- October 7th, 2022! 

The selected student/research fellow will receive a free conference registration and will be representing Western Space at the conference. Please complete this form to briefly explain how attending the conference will benefit your research career path.

 Form Submission deadline: Monday, September 26, 2022.

Past Experiences:


The principal objective of this course is to provide participants with an interdisciplinary field studies experience with an emphasis on comparative planetology through the study of terrestrial analogues. Students will learn the following skills: 1) the synthesis, understanding and presentation of "state of the art" knowledge on planetary surface processes; 2) an ability to draw together information from a wide variety of subject areas in planetary sciences to address issues relevant to the discipline; and 3) field training in the recognition and mapping of various different rock types and of the relationships between them. At the end of the course, students will be able to: 1) assimilate information and data from a wide range of planetary science disciplines (astronomy, geochemistry, geography, geology, geophysics, and physics); 2) understand how complex problems in planetary sciences are tackled by scientists and determine the present flaws in our understandings; 3) prepare field guides on relevant topics; and 4) generate simple interpretive geological maps of planetary bodies.