Postcard from Mexico: why galaxies spin

Most previous studies of spin in real galaxies were done in 2-D, so Dr. McCall’s study has changed the discussion of galaxy spins in the astrophysics community. This spin organization is at odds with established theories of spin alignment in our “neighbourhood of galaxies”. Understanding spin alignment provides insight into how this neighbourhood emerged and evolved.

2015 Mitacs PhD Award for Outstanding Innovation: George Conidis, York University

George Conidis, a PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University is the recipient of the Mitacs PhD Award for Outstanding Innovation for his research at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México with Dr. Michael Richer through a Mitacs Globalink Research Award.

Mitacs Award winner interview: Accelerate intern Stephen Dugdale, Université INRS


Mitacs Award winner interview: 2014 Globalink intern Pragya Chawla

2) What was the highlight of your Mitacs internship in Canada?
Living in a new country gave me the chance to step out of my comfort zone and explore my independence. I love to travel and explore new places so our road trips to Waterton Lakes National Park, Banff National Park, and even Vancouver were probably the best moments during my stay in Canada. Additionally, the kindness and warmth of people I met during my travels and research in Lethbridge are things I am never going to forget.

Quang Ong picks a Canadian experience

As a bioinformatics student from National University of Vietnam—Ho Chi Minh City, Quang spent his summer researching the unique genes and traits of a handful of varieties of apples and grapes at Canada’s largest research orchard, the Apple Biodiversity Collection, in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Researchers at the orchard are learning how tiny modifications to a gene can affect the traits of the fruit- things like texture, flavour, and hardiness to weather conditions.

César Maldonado Monter fuels a dream in Canada

Hailing from Mexico, where he studies Chemical Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey, César was introduced to Mitacs through a friend and former research intern. Upon seeing his friend’s photos and hearing stories of the research, he simply said, “I need to go to Canada!” With that, he applied and was accepted to do research in biofuel production in Quebec this summer.

Step workshops prove out of this world

Through his University’s Graduate Professional Skills program, Ali heard that Mitacs Step workshops provide business-ready skills to up-and-coming researchers. He participated in nine workshops that helped him develop skills in areas such as project management, team building and entrepreneurship. Specifically, Ali was able to add to his skill set in a substantial way: “The Step Project Management workshops enabled me to qualify for the Project Management Certification.”

Aishwarya Roy: Launching a research career in Canada

Her Globalink research internship project under Professor Dae-Sik Moon at the University of Toronto’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics is employing  new technology that was originally developed for  the James Webb Space Telescope — a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.  Aishwarya’s project involves selecting and testing optical components that will ultimately give astronomers the ability to see the faintest glows of light from the earliest moments of the universe, as well as the formation of stars, planetary systems and galaxies.

Gaining career insight one step at a time

In total, Junjie has taken nine Step workshops. Initially, it was the “the professional coaches and energetic peers” that persuaded him to sign up for more. However, he soon realized the workshops provided him with a broader perspective on his future career path, along with training to develop his soft skills.

Award Winner Interview: Liang Feng

Can you tell us a bit about the research you did through Mitacs Globalink that led to you winning the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation – Undergraduate?

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