Photo contest winners showcase research experiences across Canada

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs is pleased to announce four winners of this year’s Globalink photo contest. The annual contest received over 200 entries and highlighted the experiences of Globalink research interns at universities across the country.

Four photographs were selected as the top entrants in three categories:

My Research (two winners): Interns shared their Globalink research projects

  • Kumar Sanu Rao from the University of Petroleum And Energy Studies, India, contributed to a research project that is exploring environmentally friendly techniques for geophysical surveys in mines. He was hosted by Professor Li Zhen Cheng at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

    “I was so happy to have the opportunity to contribute to a geophysical survey deep in an underground mining gallery in Quebec. Canada was a great place to learn and to develop a more global perspective in the field of sustainable technologies.” — Kumar Sanu Rao

  • Hanyu Chen from Central South University, China, measured properties of a unique composite resin to be used in 3-D printing applications. Her project was hosted by Professor Jun Yang at Western University.

    “It was a great experience to learn more about 3-D printing technology through this research internship. I see how I could connect what I learned at Western University with my schooling in China and would like to continue this work in my future studies.” — Hanyu Chen

My Research Collaboration: Interns captured the spirit of collaboration and cross-cultural research at their universities

  • Sabrine Ben Rhouma from Tunis El Manar University, Tunisia, spent her summer with a team of researchers mapping paleosol fossils in southwestern Saskatchewan. Her project was supervised by Associate Professor Janis Dale at the University of Regina. 

    “My research in Saskatchewan this summer was truly an on-the-ground experience, where I made many friends and learned so much about my field of study and how to collaborate within a research group.” — Sabrine Ben Rhouma

My Canada: Interns captured their favourite moments from discovering Canada outside the lab

  • Carlos Vasquez Ochoa from Tecnológico De Monterrey, Mexico, visited Lake Louise and was astonished by the beauty of the water. Carlos’ research was hosted by Associate Professor Dominic Frigon at McGill University.

    “My favourite part of my experience was how I was able to connect to researchers and people from all over, and how we helped each other in our work. Mitacs Globalink helped me to expand my personal and professional networks and opened my eyes to the possibility of becoming an entrepreneur through my research.” — Carlos Vasquez Ochoa

This summer, over 500 Globalink research interns spent 12-weeks in Canada helping to solve complex problems in a wide range of sectors, from healthcare and robotics to aviation, communication, and the environment. Students hailed from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia.


Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 17 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
  • Funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, and the Government of Quebec and Canadian universities, the Mitacs Globalink program offers two-way mobility opportunities between Canada and Mitacs partner countries for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Mitacs is also pleased to work with the following international partners to support Globalink: Universities Australia; the China Scholarship Council; Campus France; the German Academic Exchange Service; Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Education, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico; Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education; and Tunisia’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Mission Universitaire de Tunisie en Amerique du Nord.