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Canadian Science Policy Conference Competition

The ways in which society benefits from science, technology, and innovation are determined through effective policy. Have you ever wondered how such policies are developed? Consider applying for the GlycoNet CSPC Competition to learn more about careers in science policy, or networking with like-minded trainees from across Canada. GlycoNet will sponsor trainees to attend the virtual 2020 Canadian Science Policy Conference in November. For more information about the conference, visit the website: https://sciencepolicyconference.ca/.

Eligibility

This competition is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research technicians, and research associates supervised by GlycoNet Network Investigators. Applicants do not currently need to be working on a GlycoNet-funded project. To check if your supervisor is a GlycoNet Investigator, visit https://bit.ly/glyconet.

Funding Available

GlycoNet will sponsor 10 trainees (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research technicians, and research associates) to attend the virtual Canadian Science Policy Pre-Conference from November 1st – 14th, 2020 and the Canadian Science Policy Conference from November 16th – 20th, 2020.

How to Apply

The application must be initiated by the trainee through the GlycoNet Forum. To apply, the applicant must have a forum account. Please visit the Forum Help & FAQ page should you have any questions regarding the forum.

After logging into the forum, the application form can be found in the “My Awards” tab. The application will be assessed by the GlycoNet Training Committee. Applicants will be notified of their application status no later than October 23, 2020. Funding will support the registration fee for the pre-conference and conference.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this award is October 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm MDT.

I’m learning beyond research.

I learned to encourage my team and became more organized. Research is not only about successes, but also about all the failures that contribute to new discoveries. Being positive and being able to deal with unexpected results while maintaining the right attitude is important. The project I started with Eddie is still ongoing, but I am proud of what we have accomplished in just one year.

Alena Pratasouskaya

Master's Student, Wilfrid Laurier University
Marco - Glyconet Intern

Getting connected through collaborations.

The research exchange program has allowed me to evolve as a researcher, providing me with the skills and knowledge to tackle specific questions by using computational methods. The collaboration has also yielded a publication in Nature Communications, paving the way for future fruitful collaborations.

Marco Farren-Dai

PhD student, Simon Fraser University

Consolidating my knowledge.

The Summer Award helped me understand the interplay between chemistry and biology while conducting research in the Withers Lab at the University of British Columbia. The funding allows me to treat my learning as a job and get excited by my contributions to the lab’s research.

Andrew Jeong

Undergraduate summer researcher, University of British Columbia

Advanced Training Opportunity Program (ATOP) was exceptional.

The ATOP training program 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 sections related to budget or training personnels in a grant proposal. I also never had to go through the process of interviewing a student for the project. The ATOP program offered the perfect conditions to teach senior HQP how project are administered and I feel more prepared for a future career as a Principal Investigator.

Dr. François Le Mauff

Postdoctoral fellow, McGill University

Putting knowledge into practice.

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 help prepare me for the career I hope for as a genetic counsellor.

Natasha Osawa

MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba

Making direct impact on real-world problems.

Through my summer research experience, I have explored various aspects of research where I actually got the opportunity to apply the skills that I can only learn about in school. Not only this, I was able to use these skills to help make a direct impact on real-world problems. To see families who are affected by the diseases we are studying come to our lab and personally thank us is truly an experience that cannot be put into words. My experience has filled me with inspiration and motivation that would have otherwise not been possible were it not the contributions GlycoNet made.

Harry Wu

Software Developer, DivergentSoft Technology Group Inc.

Every teacher should do this.

I wish that every teacher could have the opportunity to participate in the CMASTE-GlycoNet program for high school teachers, just because you get immersed in real science again.

Michelle Johnsrude

Biology Teacher and Science Department Head, Highroad Academy

Practical Professional Development Workshops.

How does one get creative in academic-based social media? The professional development workshop on “Cultivating Your Professional Online Presence” opened my eyes. I have been missing out on a lot of networking opportunities because I didn’t have a professional online presence. With all I learned from the workshop, I updated my LinkedIn profile and am looking into creating other academic platforms to track any publications of interest to my work.

Jennifer Crha

Scientific Sales Executive, Rapid Novor Inc.

Future-proof my career path.

My research project has focused on chemical syntheses. I make complex carbohydrates and study their structures, but I never see what happens after I make them. I usually just send them to my collaborator for downstream “biological experiments.” But while on exchange at the Whitfield lab, I actually learned to conduct these experiments. It has given me a new perspective, helping me understand the big picture. With experience in synthetic chemistry, and now with molecular biology, I was able to boost my knowledge and apply for a post-doctoral fellowship in neuroscience.

Dr. Bo-shun Huang

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Alberta

Internship made possible.

Industry is very different from academia. As an industrial intern, I acquired the necessary tools to transition into industry after I graduate. I also learned that I don’t have to stay in academia to work in research. In fact, from the internship, I found that working in the industry might be better suited for me because it’s faster-paced and more structured.

Katarina Mandic

Mitacs Intern, Mirexus Inc.

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