Four RIT students have received a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link fellowship to assist with research in Canada during the summer of 2021. This program provides exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States with the opportunity to be part of a 10 to 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in various academic disciplines, from science, engineering, and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.
Physics, College of Science
Nolan will assist with research at University of Alberta Edmonton on a project titled "Spatial Modeling of Animal Movements". “Essentially, I'll be mathematically modeling how animals interact and move,” he says. Working on an international research project in Physics will help Nolan determine his career plans after graduating. “I already had an internship at a company in industry, and this program will give me a chance to see how I feel about the field of research,” he says.
Ryan will work with the University of Montreal to develop robotic “bee” vision by using CAD and Python to work on a drone that “sees” like a bee. “I pursued this award because I enjoy learning about nature and aerospace technology, and this project covers both,” says. Working with a team of researchers in Montreal will also allow him to use his French language skills while gaining experience working on a diverse team.
Margo’s research assignment at the University of Montreal will analyze the pathways of potential microRNAs used in the infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) vaccines. This research experience will help further her future academic goals of earning a master’s degree in global health and eventually a Ph.D. in virology. “I’ll be able to work with others who are also interested in viral diseases. I hope to use what I learn to help lessen the impact of infectious diseases on vulnerable populations,” she says.
Imani will assist with research at the University of Montreal on a computational neuroscience project to examine how social norms and hierarchy impact brain function and processes. “I wanted to gain research experience, and the fact that the research would be international was a major draw for me. I'm excited to explore an area of interest and connect with experts in the field,” says Imani. With collaboration being a cornerstone of working in a scientific field, the opportunity to work on a global team will be especially fruitful. “It's important to work with people who have different perspectives, and I think it will help me become a better scientist,” she says.
RIT had an additional three awardees who choose to not pursue the award due to other opportunities: Colleen Cole (CHST, Biotechnology and Molecular Biological Sciences), Ashley Lasko (COS, Physics), and Caroline Sculimbrene (KGCOE, Electrical Engineering).
The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the U.S. (Fulbright Canada) is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange. Fulbright Canada Mitacs Globalink fellowships are highly competitive. Recipients are selected based on their academic achievement, skills, and research interests.
RIT students interested in applying for the next Fulbright Canada Mitacs Globalink fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.