GlycoNet is committed to an effective training program.

The Canadian glycomics community is built upon more than 50 years of outstanding training of highly qualified personnel. Pioneers in the field began their careers in the 1950s and 1960s, training scientists who led groups across Canada in the subsequent decades. A third and fourth generation of Canada-trained glycomics scientists are now carrying out groundbreaking research in glycomics and are leading GlycoNet.

GlycoNet is committed to an effective training program. The fundamental goal of GlycoNet training activities is to provide trainees with a broadly based skill set for successful careers in academia as well as in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

GlycoNet's Training Initiatives

GlycoNet’s training initiatives currently include:

  • GTA-EC HQP advisory committee
  • Professional development, particularly in technology transfer, entrepreneurship and project management, as well as in ‘soft skills’ such as communications and networking
  • Multidisciplinary research training between groups, and industrial internships
  • Summer awards for undergraduates, travel awards, and the opportunity for HQP to pursue a small research project of their own design through the Advanced Training Opportunity Program (ATOP)
  • Online resources and lessons for high school science classrooms

HQP Alumni Testimonials

“GlycoNet funding enabled me to practice more project management; at my current employment, this is one of the major focuses... GlycoNet also allowed me to present at an international conference, speak with industry representatives about our technologies, and talk with venture capital firms.”
Director Research Development, Covalon Technologies
“After studying genetics for five years at the undergraduate level, I am finally getting the chance to see the techniques I have learned about in action and to experiment with DNA myself. Gaining experiences like performing genotyping will certainly prepare me for the career as a genetic counselor. My project will allow me to assess the impact of patient mutations on enzyme activity to better understand how these mutations translate to disease.”
Undergraduate Student, University of Manitoba
“As a trainee, GlycoNet provided me with many opportunities to develop transferable skills. I learned a lot about communication, leadership, and management. I also had the opportunity to develop grantsmanship skills through the ATOP grant. These are all important tools I can leverage to excel as an Assistant Professor.”
Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
“The ATOP experience was exceptional. It was a unique opportunity to develop my writing and management skills. As a postdoctoral fellow, I was familiar with writing scientific publications and supervising undergraduate students, but not with writing a project description nor the financial and training related sections of a grant application. ATOP offered the perfect conditions to teach senior HQP like myself how sciences project are administered and I feel now more prepare to embrace my future career as, I hope, a future PI.”
Postdoctoral fellow, McGill University
"The GlycoNet Summer Award has provided me with a refreshing and exciting opportunity to research biological chemistry in the Withers Lab at UBC, expanding from my studies of biochemistry. This pursuit has provided me with new perspectives and new approaches to understanding the interplay between chemistry and biology, especially because of the many researchers that I am exposed to thanks to this opportunity. I can hear from international scholars at seminars and experienced lab members during group meetings, all with their own approaches to solving problems with science. The funding allows me to treat my learning as a job and get excited by my contributions to the lab’s research.”
Undergraduate Student, University of British Columbia
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