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Paul Corkum receives $1.65 million towards mentorship of photonics protégés

OTTAWA, June 29, 2010 — Professor Paul Corkum, from the thriving photonics research team at the University of Ottawa and director of the attosecond science program at the National Research Council Canada (NRC) , has been awarded a $1.65 million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Professor Corkum and his team will use the money to prepare today’s promising science graduates for their roles as tomorrow’s brightest researchers.

Under the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program, Paul Corkum will lead a team of experts in designing a research training program to help graduates acquire skills that play a vital role in their successful transition from the classroom to the workplace; the program will focus both on photonics research and on the development of skills that may not be part of standard academic training.

“In addition to recognizing our position as world leaders in photonics research, NSERC asserts the University of Ottawa’s undeniable role in training and preparing Canada’s future science leaders,” says Mona Nemer, vice-president, research.

Considered one of the most advanced in the world, the photonics research program at the University of Ottawa benefits from a unique core of experts with distinctions such as the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship and the Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering to the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics, to be led by world expert Robert W. Boyd.

The CREATE program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities, and facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.


About the National Research Council and the University of Ottawa

The National Research Council Canada (NRC) is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology.

The University of Ottawa’s commitment to research excellence and interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation attract the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world.

The collaborative relationship between NRC and the University of Ottawa is a shining example of a partnership that leverages Canada's public research base to maximize our competitive advantage.