As luck would have it, Denisse got an email from her university’s international office, sharing the opportunity to come to Canada for a Globalink Research Internship. Denisse — curious about the country after taking a class in North American culture — applied to several projects with a gender studies component, and was matched with Dr. Jenna Hennebry, Director of Wilfrid Laurier University’s International Migration Research Centre in Waterloo, Ontario.
“I have always been interested in anthropology, particularly Indigenous ethnography, and how certain forces are trying to homogenize them. The researcher plays a critical role in these kinds of studies, as he or she needs to experience these communities by being in them,” she explains. “Anthropology exists in the space where one culture collides with another.” She’s putting that passion to work at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
After a rigorous exam, she was accepted into the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris. The school encourages its students to pursue research internships domestically and abroad, and after completing an internship in the United States, Clémentine was curious about pursuing further research abroad.
“These people were my heroes,” he said. “I knew that I wanted to follow in their footsteps one day.”
And he did. At the age of 20, he invented an electronic system to control lighting in luxury houses with the use of a remote. Shortly after, he created an electro-mechanical device that could be installed on the wheels of bikes and vehicles which emitted pulsating lights to increase safety and visibility at night and sold 3,000 units.
As a literature and social sciences student at Mexico’s Universidad de Guadalajara, Nydia Pando assumed her chances of getting a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI) were slim. The available internships in her discipline didn’t quite align with her experience and areas of interest. “I interviewed with a professor, but we both understood I wasn’t the right person for the project.”
But UBC PhD student Samuel Antoine says this is exactly the kind of big-picture thinking that academics need to succeed. Thanks to Mitacs Step, Sam has been able to access a wide range of similar courses that will help his career.
It started when Sam was talking with his academic supervisor in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health about opportunities to continue his research.
His supervisor, Dr. Bradley Buckham, recommended that Clayton apply for a Mitacs Accelerate internship and suggested coastal engineering consultancy Triton Consultants, as the industry partner.
“When I approached Triton, they were hesitant at first as they were a small company; but when I mentioned the co-funding provided by Mitacs, my internship with them became feasible,” Clayton explained.
“The system that BMI was using required a lot of manual intervention,” explained Stephen Dwyer, an engineering graduate student from the University of Alberta.
Dwyer and two fellow UAlberta graduate students, Jamie Yuen and Nicolas Olmedo, took up the research challenge through the Mitacs Accelerate program under the supervision of their supervisor, Dr. Mike Lipsett. By the end of the internship, the team had a working alpha prototype.
Luckily, with the help of Mitacs — a national not-for-profit organization that designs and delivers research and training programs for Canadian academics — Concordia students are being given the chance to do just this.