Aishwarya Roy: Launching a research career in Canada

Globalink intern tests technology developed for new NASA telescope

Her Globalink research internship project under Professor Dae-Sik Moon at the University of Toronto’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics is employing  new technology that was originally developed for  the James Webb Space Telescope — a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.  Aishwarya’s project involves selecting and testing optical components that will ultimately give astronomers the ability to see the faintest glows of light from the earliest moments of the universe, as well as the formation of stars, planetary systems and galaxies.

This summer, Aishwarya and her fellow Globalink research interns had the chance to meet and network with local industry leaders, as well as develop their professional skills through workshops run by Mitacs Step. Aishwarya has also had some fun exploring local landmarks, and was impressed by Canadian culture: “Canada is cold, but it’s beautiful and the warmth of the people more than makes up for the temperature!” 

Aishwarya has come to love the culture and environment here in Canada. “A lot of grad schools value field experience. Coming to Canada through Mitacs Globalink says a lot about one’s ability to do the best work. I’m excited to be building connections and meeting people of all cultures while I do my research here in Toronto. I’m definitely considering coming back to Canada for graduate school!”

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, , the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan and Research Manitoba.

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