In 2015 alone, it is estimated that approximately 8500 Canadians will be diagnosed with the most aggressive form of skin cancer: melanoma. Often forming from an abnormal mole or lesion on the skin, early detection of melanoma can be life-saving. That is why Mitacs Globalink research intern Suranjana Samanta has dedicated her studies to furthering technologies that can save lives through the accurate and early detection of cancers.
"This experience has taught me that when you are here in Canada, you really can do anything you put your mind to,” says Sarahi Anguiano Gutierrez, a mechanical engineering student from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.
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!
Engineering plays a critical role in keeping infrastructure safe, whether for workers on an oil rig or drivers crossing a bridge as part of their commute. Abhijit Chilukuri is putting his mechanical engineering degree to work making infrastructure even safer.
Abhijit is studying at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, in India and wanted to pursue an international internship to complement his schooling. He researched several internship options and decided to apply for the Globalink Research Internship after it was recommended by several senior classmates.
Working under the supervision of Dr. Janet Light and PhD student Ali Reza Manashty at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, Umang is helping to develop the components of a comprehensive remote healthcare system designed for senior citizens and physically disabled individuals.
Luz Anchondo Vásquez has always had an interest in helping people. She’s combining that interest with her mechatronics background, thanks to the Globalink Research Internship.
Luz first heard about the Globalink Research Internship through her university, Mexico’s Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Chihuahua. With the support of a friend who was a previous intern, Luz applied and was matched on a project with Dr. Lionel Birglen at École Polytechnique de Montréal’s Mechanical Engineering department.
He had applied the previous year and undertook a research project in Montreal.
Equipped with first-hand information from her friend, Laura submitted her application. She was matched on a project supervised by Dr. Mike Van der Loos, in the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Mechanical Engineering department. Laura is working in the CARIS lab, which is undertaking experimental research to advance the science of human-robot interaction.
After hearing about the Globalink Research Internship, he jumped at the chance to work with Dr. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick at the University of Ottawa’s School of Rehabilitation Sciences.
I learned about Globalink and saw that one project was supervised by Dr. Fitzpatrick. I was already familiar with her research and wanted the chance to work with her. She’s a leader in the area of early diagnosis of children with hearing loss, and it’s amazing to work with one of the top people in my field.”
He’s already got a head start on this goal through his work this summer with Professor Vincent Jacquemet at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur—part of the Université de Montréal—through Mitacs Globalink Research Internships.