Award Winner Interview: Emily Morris

Can you tell us a bit about the research you did through Mitacs Accelerate that led to you winning the 2013 Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation – Master’s?

Where are they now? A Globalink research intern finds new possibilities in Québec

As a literature and social sciences student at Mexico’s Universidad de Guadalajara, Nydia Pando assumed her chances of getting a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI) were slim. The available internships in her discipline didn’t quite align with her experience and areas of interest. “I interviewed with a professor, but we both understood I wasn’t the right person for the project.”

Postcard from Brazil: anthropology PhD student uncovers the history of ancient indigenous communities

The Tapajó lived in the Santarém and surrounding area between the 10th and 18th centuries until they disappeared due to European conquest and the mercantile expansion of the Americas. Archaeological and ethnographic data in the region shows that they produced elaborate Santarém pottery. The region is also distinguished by the presence of various archaeogical landscapes consisting of anthropogenic soils, ancient trail networks, and inland wells.

Postcard from Brazil: UBC undergrad takes her research to Curitiba

Currently in my third year in the Applied Animal Biology program at the University of British Columbia, I have always wanted to expand my horizons by spending time overseas.

I learned about the Mitacs Globalink Research Award through a program advisor and decided to apply. This research award provides travel and accommodation funding for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research outside of Canada.

Innovation through a gender lens

Why can’t the surgeon operate on the boy? 

Sarah Saska tells many people this now dated riddle and waits patiently for their answer. “Even in 2016, people hesitate because their first instinct tells them the surgeon must be the boy’s father, or perhaps the boy’s second father,” she explains. “Of course, the surgeon could be the boy’s mother, but it’s not often people’s first response, and this example illustrates how deeply gender bias is embedded in Canadian society.”

Postcard from India: UBC student investigates social and cultural change in Buddhist art

I have been interested in visual anthropology and representations of cultural heritage throughout my degree. In discussions with my supervisor, Dr. Sara Shneiderman, I learned about the deep cultural histories of the Himalayan region, and I aimed to bring together my interest in visual anthropology with a field-based ethnographic study of a social phenomenon.

Sustainable transportation planning from Wuhan to Winnipeg

China’s civil infrastructure planners often face significant challenges when considering ways to encourage sustainable transportation methods for the millions of workers that commute between the country’s residential and commercial districts.  For Chinese research intern Shuheng Zhu, the city of Winnipeg, Canada is providing a special glimpse into the complexities of public transportation planning on a much smaller scale.

Indigenous communities and international trade consultations

Wendy Ortega Pineda is determined to do her part to make the world a more equitable place. As a law student at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexico, Wendy has learned much about the profound differences between nations regarding access to basic resources, issues of discrimination, and justice for human rights violations. This summer, she is further enhancing her worldly perspective by taking part in a 12-week research internship at the University of Saskatchewan.

Cultural collaboration comes to life through music

Laise Barbosa gets a glimmer in her eye when she reflects on her research at Simon Fraser University this summer. As an education student and avid musician from Universidade de Brasilia in Brazil, Laise was excited to combine her two passions under one research project with Professor Susan O’Neill at Simon Fraser University’s Department of Education for her 12-week project in Canada.

Capturing and cataloguing artifacts from Central America

Laura Solis Rodriguez is about to enter her final year at Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, where she’s a marketing and communications student. Because of her specialization in advertising photography, Laura was used to thinking about objects in terms of how to market them to potential customers. She didn’t expect to apply her photography skills to archeological artifacts!

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