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Undergraduate Fellowship Eyes Inclusive Quantum Workforce


researcher at the William Eckhardt Research Center

The OQI Undergraduate Fellowship aims for a better balance in the quantum workforce.

Credit: Chicago Quantum Exchange

The Open Quantum Initiative has launched the OQI Undergraduate Fellowship as part of its effort to advocate for and contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive quantum workforce.

Quantum science is relatively new compared to other STEM fields. The OQI sees a chance to make the foundations of the field diverse and accessible from the start.

"In many respects, we are building a national workforce from the ground up," says David Awschalom, the Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering and Physics at the University of Chicago. "There are incredible opportunities here to make the field of quantum engineering as inclusive and equitable as possible from the very beginning, creating a strong ecosystem for the future."

The OQI fellowship is starting in summer 2022. For 10 weeks, fellows will live and work at a Chicago Quantum Exchange member or partner institution, completing a research project in quantum information science and engineering under the guidance of a mentor. Fellowship applications are open now.

From Chicago Quantum Exchange
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