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February 2014

Calling Canada home

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 returning Globalink student, Linda was awarded the Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship which provides financial support to former Globalink Research Interns who return to Canada for graduate studies at select Mitacs university partners.

Now researching under the supervision of Dr. Mark Scott, Linda is uncovering new therapeutic methods to treat cancer tumors. The research project was one she had actively pursued, having spoken to Professor Scott prior to leaving Canada at the end of her Globalink internship. “Meeting Professor Scott face-to-face really solidified my decision to return to Canada. And now, I’m doing cutting edge research that could one day change the way we treat cancer.”

Upon completion of her degree, Linda plans to begin her career in Vancouver, continuing to do research that makes a difference.

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan, and Research Manitoba.

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