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About the Program


Trainees in the HEATER Program will learn experimental, computational and engineering skills by working in highly productive research groups with global leaders. The program is an ongoing effort to train students and develop cutting-edge breakthroughs in thermoelectic materials and devices. 

 The HEATER Program has three primary objectives:

1. To train personnel with cutting-edge technical skills in all aspects of thermoelectric devices

2. To give trainees the professional skills imperative for success in industry, government and academia

2. To ensure students can work across disciplines to translate their findings into real-world results

Program Structure

HEATER Fellowships

HEATER Fellowships are the main component of this CREATE program. Graduate students will complete a thermoelectrics-related project, including collaborative projects involving multiple disciplines with world-class facilities. Students will also learn to implement their findings and adapt to the needs of industry by spending time in internships. These experiences will enhance classroom learnings, reinforcing technical skills and and professional training. Fellows must also participate in several professional skills training activities and courses. This fellowship is the basis of ongoing efforts to train students and develop cutting-edge breakthroughs in thermoelectric devices. 

Check the "Information for Applicants" tab for openings.

Undergraduate Student Research Opportunities

There is funding for undergraduate students to complete summer research projects under the supervision of HEATER collaborators and fellows. Each undergraduate student will receive $4500 (which must be matched by the supervisor to equal at least $6000) to work on a research project. They will present a summary of their work at the Thermoelectrics Summer School. 

The undergraduate summer positions have been filled.  Applications for summer 2016 are due February 29, 2016.

Industrial Partnerships

As part of the HEATER Fellowship, students will spend 20% of their time in an industrial internship, reinforcing skills learned in workshops and laboratories and helping build bridges between parteners and participants. The internship will build on the technical capabilities gained in the laboratory as well as the managerial and communication skills learned through other aspects of the CREATE program. 

Summer School

The Thermoelectrics Summer School brings together trainees, co-applicants, collaborators, faculty and students. There are three main components to the School: tutorials from international leaders in the field, presentations of recent results by students and a series of hands-on training sessions in materials growth, nano-fabrication, device modeling, band structure calculations and characterization. 

Attendance is open to the wider academic and industrial community. The Summer School is organized by HEATER fellows. 

Seminar Series

The seminar series includes speakers from industry, academia and government discussing both recent scientific breakthroughs, regulatory needs, and industrial challenges for thermoelectrics. 

The Seminar Series is organized by HEATER fellows. 

Professional Skills Development

HEATER fellows will have the opportunity to enhance and reinforce their professional skills through several initiatives: 1. management of, participation and teaching in the summer school and seminar series; 2. supervision of undergraduate students; 3. the completion of three professional development courses throughout their fellowship. 

Travel Opportunities 

Each year beginning in 2014, the HEATER Program will offer at least 5 travel stipends to HEATER fellows, enabling them to visit our worldwide collaborators as well as industrial partners. Both HEATER fellows and undergraduate students will be able to access a number of national ad international facilities, providing them with direct connections to globally renowned researchers and a unique opportunity to experience techniques on the cutting-edge. 

Funding and Partners

Funding for the HEATER Program has been provided by NSERC-CREATE


Additional funding has generously been provided by the Department of Physics and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Toronto, the Department of Chemistry and Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University. 

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