Government of Saskatchewan to invest in research and development internships and international collaboration through Mitacs, Inc.

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $365,000 in student research opportunities through Mitacs programs. The funding includes $225,000 for graduate research and development internships in Saskatchewan through Mitacs Accelerate, and $140,000 for graduate and senior undergraduate international research opportunities though Mitacs Globalink.

“Facilitating innovation and research excellence, with an eye to international competitiveness, is the key to a vibrant economy in Saskatchewan,” said Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO & Scientific Director for Mitacs. “Mitacs thanks the Government of Saskatchewan for this investment and we look forward to working with local industry and academia to build the next generation of innovators and researchers.

”Through Mitacs Accelerate, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows use their research expertise to help companies develop and test new technologies, improve processes and services, and increase productivity and innovation. Through Mitacs Globalink, the world’s brightest senior undergraduate and graduate students come to Canada for research while Saskatchewan students can experience research abroad.”

“Our government is committed to supporting research and innovation opportunities for Saskatchewan students,” Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris said. “Today’s investment will provide increased opportunities for these students to develop and apply their research skills. As students begin to transition from learning to earning it allows them to gain valuable experience which benefits our growing economy and province.”

Mitacs is a national, private not-for-profit organization that develops the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills through a suite of unique research and training programs, such as Mitacs Accelerate, Elevate, Step, and Globalink. In partnership with companies, government and universities, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people.

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