The application process went by quickly. After my project was approved, my host university, Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey, kindly offered me a good room and daily breakfast in the university residence.
Having hosted Globalink students from India and Brazil at the CARIS Lab in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Dr. Croft was impressed by the strong work ethic and quick learning ability of the undergraduate visitors with whom she worked.
“Hosting a Globalink student helps my Masters and PhD students to learn and grow by giving them teaching and supervisory experience. But mostly, they gain from the diversity of experience and the different kinds of questions that our Globalink student brings every year.”
While much research exists to study large commercial airliners, micro-air vehicles remain under-studied by comparison. As Director of the Turbulence Research Lab at UofT, Dr. Sullivan is studying aerodynamic control of these aircraft flying at low speeds, with the goal of developing methods to improve their performance at minimal cost to manufacturers.
At Western University, I work with Genomics in Agricultural Pest Management (GAP-M), an international consortium with researchers from Canada, Spain, Belgium, France, and the United States. GAP-M is focusing on the study of spider mite genomes to develop strategies to reduce crop damage and increase yields. By using comparative analysis of three spider mite species’ genomes and their feeding models, we hope to find new systems for pest control strategies.
Currently in his fourth year of study, Cheng comes from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, which is based in Chengdu, the hometown of China’s national symbol: the giant panda. A Globalink internship at Ryerson University in Toronto, Cheng felt, was an excellent way to expand his horizons while gaining practical, engineering experience in another country.
When Zoey’s professor in China described Mitacs Globalink as an international research program that could transform her perception of the world forever, she immediately applied. Becoming part of a global community was a lifelong dream for this passionate medicine student and she was thrilled when she received the offer to do cancer detection research with Dr. Tim Storr in the Department of Chemistry at Simon Fraser University.
For Qiquan Shi, coming to Canada from a tiny village in Guizhou Province in China was the opportunity of a lifetime. A 2011 Globalink student had told him about the program and he recognized it as his chance to explore the world, despite coming from an impoverished farming family. Overcoming all obstacles, he achieved outstanding academic success at Wuhan University in China, which gained him the recognition he needed to be selected for the highly-competitive Globalink program. It enabled him to come to Canada to do advanced research at l’École de technologie supérieure in Montreal.
The research resulted in the creation of a strain of E-coli that can utilize sugars simultaneously to efficiently produce Biofuel. Below is an exclusive interview with Mr. Goel, who won the Mitacs Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Research Achievement, as presented by the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway at the 2nd Annual Mitacs Awards Reception, held November 28th in Ottawa.
What is the greatest advantage you gained by participating in Mitacs Globalink?
After having come to Canada for a summer English language camp in 2010, Barbara Paes of Universidade de Brasília was always looking for opportunities to return to Canada. So when her friend told her about the Mitacs Globalink program one week before the application deadline, she hurried to apply before it was too late. Now studying at the University of British Columbia’s Brain Research Centre, Barbara has fallen in love with Canada all over again.
Sreeta Gorripaty, Sisir Yalamanchili and Chaitali Joshi recently returned to India, having completed Mitacs Globalink internships in Canada, with a newfound enthusiasm for bridging the borders between India and Canada through research and education. These high-achieving students are the future leaders of India, and therefore their connection to Canada through the Globalink program and the Minister’s visit has the potential to make a real difference for the relations between the two countries.