Student researchers are seeking the newest innovations to make life better for British Columbians in fields such as clean technology and emergency management.
Government encourages these efforts by supporting more than 1,700 research internships to help students prepare for and thrive in the high-demand jobs of tomorrow.
“I know that students can be more successful when they have real-world opportunities to apply their learning. These opportunities are also vital to building and strengthening B.C.’s economy,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “By continuing to work with industry through organizations like Mitacs, with the thousands of internships they facilitate, we’re helping students get a leg up in the innovation and technology community. In turn, student researchers are helping us find the best, newest innovations like transforming coal into clean-energy storage and finding the most sustainable way to keep patients warm in hospitals after surgeries, preventing hypothermia and improving recovery times.”
The $8.6-million one-time provincial investment is for the Mitacs Accelerate and Elevate programs that connect student researchers with innovative companies to provide students with real-world experience in applying their research. The students who receive these grants work in sectors and on projects that support priority areas such as clean technology, life sciences, emergency management and advanced timber.
“Developing, attracting and retaining the talent B.C. needs to grow and innovate across our economy is an important part of our StrongerBC Economic Plan,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “With our province expecting more than one million job openings over the next decade, these internships will play a vital role in giving students the real-world experience needed for well-paying, long-term careers that will continue to bring world-class innovation to B.C.”
The funding will help students create innovative, research-based solutions to challenges faced by not-for-profit organizations, B.C. businesses, and communities throughout British Columbia. The paid internships are administered through Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization that builds partnerships between undergraduate and graduate student researchers, post-secondary institutions, industry, not-for-profit organizations and communities.
On Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, Kang met with Atlas Power Technologies CEO Mitchell Miller and the two students who are working at Atlas Power Technologies’ supercapacitor lab and the first Canadian supercapacitor manufacturing facility, located in Abbotsford.
Past internships include:
- a post-doctoral fellow at University of Northern British Columbia who worked with BC Biocarbon to research a carbon-neutral replacement for coal in high-temperature combustion uses;
- a PhD student from Simon Fraser University who researched the characterization of stabilized lithium ion batteries for Nano One Materials Corporation that developed a scalable process for producing low-cost, high-performance cathode powders used in lithium ion batteries; and
- a University of Victoria student who researched the impacts of small vessels on cetaceans, such as whales, dolphins and porpoises, in the Salish Sea with the Wild 4 Whales Foundation.
Funding for the research internships is part of StrongerBC’s Future Ready Plan. Future Ready is making education and training more accessible, affordable and relevant to help businesses grow and prepare British Columbians for the jobs of tomorrow.
For more information on Mitacs, visit: www.mitacs.ca
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