Government of Saskatchewan supports research internships for graduate students

11/30/2017

Regina, SK — The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $400,000 in funding to support internships in science, technology, engineering and math through Mitacs. This funding will leverage $1.7M in cash and in-kind support from federal and industry partners.

This investment provides funding for 68 research and development internships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Saskatchewan industries through the Mitacs Accelerate program, and 26 international student research opportunities through the Mitacs Globalink program.

Since 2007–08, a total of $11 million has been invested by all funding partners in Mitacs programming in Saskatchewan. With this funding, Saskatchewan will have provided $2.56 million in funding to Mitacs since 2007. 

Mitacs Accelerate is an internship program that enables graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to apply research and technology expertise to individual firms’ industrial challenges to improve productivity and innovation.  

Mitacs Globalink places Saskatchewan students in foreign universities and companies to gain international research and work experience. It also enables Saskatchewan to recruit top international students and researchers from rapidly developing countries to work with Saskatchewan researchers.  

Mitacs’ presence in Saskatchewan is producing innovative results for industries and making a tangible difference for students. For example, through a fellowship with the Saskatchewan Research Council, University of Regina postdoctoral fellow in engineering Qingwang Yuan developed software that improves enhanced oil recovery through modeling, allowing industry to be more efficient in the recovery process. 

Dr. Yuan was recently recognized at the 7th Annual Mitacs Awards in Ottawa with the Mitacs Postdoctoral Award for Outstanding Innovation.

The Honourable Herb Cox, Minister of Advanced Education, Government of Saskatchewan

“Our Government recognizes the value of research and innovation opportunities for Saskatchewan students. These programs support our vision to develop a skilled workforce and allow these interns to gain valuable experience.”

Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“With this investment, the Government of Saskatchewan is helping Mitacs researchers like Qingwang Yuan connect with local companies to develop new technologies, improve processes, and increase production. This partnership provides career training for undergrads, graduate students, and postdocs; and high-quality expertise for businesses. Together these elements help build a strong economy and drive long-term prosperity.”

Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina

"There are so many talented students in our province who have innovative research ideas but don’t always have the means to bring them to fruition by applying them outside the classroom or laboratory. With additional Mitacs funding in place, more students like Dr. Yuan will have the opportunity to put their brilliant ideas to work for all of our benefit in the years to come.”

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that designs and delivers research and training programs across Canada.
  • Working with 60+ universities—including the University of Saskatchewan and the University Regina—thousands of companies, and federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan and Government of Canada, along with Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, and the Government of Quebec.

Links:

  • For information about Mitacs and our programs, see mitacs.ca/newsroom.
  • To read about Qingwang Yuan and other 2017 Mitacs Awards winners, read the news release.

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Heather Young
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Mitacs
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Chelsea Dibble
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