Research has found children who are behind in their language and literacy skills when they start school rarely catch up to their counterparts, unless they receive a targeted and well-planned reading intervention program.
While completing her PhD at the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Education, Erin Schryer sought to create such a program to help preschoolers.
During a 12-week Mitacs Globalink research internship at the University of British Columbia in the summer of 2012, Linda Yang quickly realized she wanted to return to complete her Master’s. An undergraduate student from China’s Central South University at the time, Linda was wowed by UBC’s research facilities and the hands-on classroom learning. Just over a year later, she fulfilled her goal, becoming an international graduate student in the Master’s of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine program at UBC.
As a PhD student in the Department of Earth and Space Science at York University in Toronto, Junjie Zhang spends his days researching the application of GIS and LiDAR remote sensing on utility management and forest inventory. Junjie came to Canada four years ago (via China and then the Netherlands) to complete his PhD in geomatics engineering because he wanted to become part of Canada’s geomatics community. What he didn’t expect while completing his PhD abroad was the vital business and professional skills training he’s received through Mitacs Step.
In 2009, the Tsawwassen First Nation, situated south-west of Vancouver, became the first in British Columbia to sign a self-governance treaty with the governments of Canada and BC. It effectively set up a new government jurisdiction for the local population under the formal treaty negotiation process, allowing them to pass new laws over their land and decide, independent of other levels of government, how the community should be managed.
Vinícius Gadotti’s quest to understand how the human body deals with pain began more than ten years ago, when his aunt was diagnosed with a severe form of arthritis that left her in constant pain and confined to a wheelchair. A Mitacs Elevate fellow at the University of Calgary’s Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, Vinícius is researching alongside Dr. Gerald Zamponi to help uncover these answers. In collaboration with Innovate Calgary, Vinícius is testing new drug compounds in animal models to see if they can prevent the occurrence of chronic pain.
Hailing from India’s National Institute of Technology-Surathkal, Pragyan Hazarika spent the summer of 2012 as a Globalink Research Intern at École de Technologie Supérieure. It was during this research internship that Pragyan fell in love with Montreal, and more importantly, the limitless research potential Canadian universities offer students.
It was while working on a unique research project at Irdeto Canada, a world leader in media protection, that Yaser Eftekhari came up with a novel technique that would transform the way the company provides digital content security solutions to its clients.
For a company operating a large fleet of vehicles, ensuring they are being properly monitored and maintained is crucial.
Alberta-based BMI Technologies manufactures onboard sensor systems which track the usage of forklifts. But the company wanted to improve the technology to allow for automatic data analysis across a large fleet of vehicles, with uplink to a central computer system.
BMI was without an in-house research or engineering department, but learned of the Mitacs Accelerate program from CEO Arvind Gupta during a chance meeting at a social event in Vancouver.
Mitacs Accelerate intern Stephen Dwyer
Below is an exclusive interview with Mitacs Globalink Research Intern Liang Feng who won the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation – Undergraduate at the 3rd annual Mitacs Awards Reception on November 19th in Ottawa. Hailing from China’s Nanjing University, Liang spent the summer of 2013 at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Jacob Krich in the Department of Physics.
Below is an exclusive interview with Mitacs Accelerate intern Cindy Chamberland who won the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation – Post Doctoral at the 3rd annual Mitacs Awards Reception on November 19th in Ottawa. Under the supervision of Dr. Sébastien Tremblay in the Department of Psychology at Université Laval, Cindy undertook a Mitacs Accelerate internship in collaboration with Ubisoft Quebec.
Minister Chris Alexander and Cindy Chamberland