Mitacs announces winning entries to annual photo contest

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs, a not-for-profit research and training organization in Canada, announced the winning entries in its annual photo contest, which documents the research experiences of its Globalink research internship program participants.

Six photographs were chosen as winners in two categories.

My research: Interns shared their Globalink research.

  • First place
    Piyush Rai analyzed how culverts affect the passage of juvenile Atlantic salmon in Quebec rivers. His research was supervised by Normand Bergeron at Université INRS.

Piyush Fishing

  • Second place
    Luisa Orta Gaytán analyzed zebra fish for a study on causes of cardiac arrhythmias and heart attacks. Her research was supervised by Alex Quinn at Dalhousie University.








  • Third place
    Kang Tam contributed to an analysis of microbial cultures of soils in newly industrialized land across rural Alberta. His research was supervised by Sylvie Quideau at the University of Alberta.






My Canada: Interns captured what Canada means to each of them.

  • First place
    Preeti Vyas, hosted by Dan Zhang at York University. The winning photo was taken from Toronto Island, overlooking downtown Toronto, Ontario.
  • Second place
    Thaís Silva Santos, hosted by Hélène Cazes at the University of Victoria. The winning photo was taken on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
  • Third place
    Aditya Agarwal, hosted by Michael Smith at the University of Calgary. The winning photo taken at Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta.
  • Aditya





  • Honourable mention
    Piyush Rai, hosted by Normand Bergeron at Université INRS. The photo was taken thousands of feet above Quebec City, Quebec.







This summer, 565 top students from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Vietnam undertook research internships with Mitacs Globalink. The interns contributed to research in a variety of disciplines, under the direction of professors at 45 universities across Canada.


Quick Facts

  • Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 16 years
  • Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada
  • Mitacs’ Globalink research internship program connects top-level senior undergraduate students from select partner countries for 12-week research collaborations supervised by faculty at Canadian universities
  • A survey of former Mitacs Globalink participants indicates the program helps attract the world’s top students to Canada. The majority of past Globalink participants indicated that their program participation has, or will have, a significant impact on their careers.