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.
“I had also been accepted to a program in Spain to do research,” she says, “but I chose Canada because it has some of the best universities in the world so I knew I’d get the best opportunity to learn because of Globalink!” She was impressed by the organization of the program and the hands-on approach that Mitacs takes to welcoming the students for their research terms every summer.
As a Computer Science major from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Ray has always had an interest in networks and networking — both on computers, and among people. This interest has served him well as he helped to build a household notification system that helps family members to keep track of domestic chores and appointments, as well as to inform each other of personal schedules and shared commitments.
As a student from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Tamaulipas, Mexico, Gerardo is enjoying the research culture in Canada where the standard of excellence is high, and he receives detailed guidance from the lab team and his professor when he needs it. His project involves testing the heat efficiency of a new type of solar panel to optimize its power generation ability.
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.
Paulina is part of a team working on the Centre for Youth and Society’s “Stronger Together” research project that includes Indigenous community knowledge keepers and students from the Indigenous Communities Counselling program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies. She has assisted in building the knowledge base for two projects involving indigenous culture as it relates to youth mental health, and to youth cultural identity.
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.
Originally from Brazil’s Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Rodrigo is developing risk-based methods to efficiently and strategically predict which sections of the pipeline are most in need of maintenance or repair. These methods would help to ensure the long-term integrity of many of the oil and gas pipelines that cross Canada, preventing environmental damage caused by spills.
Working as part of the Autonomous Reconfigurable/Robotic Systems Group at the Schulich School of Engineering, Adyasha is helping to further develop a special highly maneuverable, high-speed drone bi-copter capable to fly in confined spaces and other areas such as collapsed buildings typically encountered in urban search and rescue, or mining environments. Devices like this, which have been under development at the U of C since 2005, could be deployed during disasters to direct rescuers to find stranded survivors.