About Supervising

The Summer Student Employment Program (SSEP) offers the opportunity for Supervisors in science and engineering fields to advance their research or other work at no financial cost.

Additionally, SSEP is a rewarding opportunity to mentor a bright young female student interested in a career in science, engineering, mathematics, medicine or technology.

WISE NL applies for funding so the number of positions filled in any given year is determined by the number of placements that are funded.

The program runs for six to eight weeks during the months of June, July and August. The work week is 35 hours that excludes lunch. MUN holidays are observed.

General Timeline

JanuarySupervisor applications opened
FebruarySupervisor applications due
MarchStudent applications opened
AprilStudent applications due
JuneNotification of student assignments
JuneSupervisor Detailed Placement Form due

For more information, contact Clare Graves at ssepadministrator@wisenl.ca.

You may also be interested reading material posted on the Reports & Publications page.


“These are real experiments, they’re not just occupying the students. They’re part of my work. It’s a real experience for them and what they do contributes very positively to my work.”
– Supervisor

Many of my past students have been from smaller communities and have felt intimidated about entering a large post-secondary institution as well as uncertain about what types of careers are available to women. Being part of this program has allowed me to be a role model for these young women, something I feel very proud of.”
 – Supervisor

2022 Supervisors

Dr. Lihong Zhang
Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science, MUN
Dr. Max Liboiron
Geography, Faculty of Science, MUN
Dr. Pierre-Paul Bitton
Psychology, Faculty of Science, MUN
Dr. Brian Staveley
Biology, Faculty of Science, MUN
Dr. Svetlana Barkanova
Grenfell Campus
Dr. Erkia Merschord
Chemistry, Faculty of Science, MUN
Timothy Walsh
Memorial University Botanical Garden
Danielle Nichols
Ocean Sciences
Dr. Francesca Kerton
Chemistry, Faculty of Science, MUN
Charlene Conners
Grenfell Campus
Dr. Lindsay Cahill
Chemistry, Faculty of Science, MUN
Jonathan Anderson
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, MUN
Robert Piercey
The Fluvarium
Andrea van Nostrand
Johnson Geocentre
Lori Hogan
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, MUN
Christine Vickers
Ocean Sciences
Dr. Yuming Zhao
Chemistry, Faculty of Science, MUN