The University of Victoria’s graduate and postdoctoral co-op students have new access to research funding and opportunities now that UVic’s Co-operative Education Program is a partner of ACCELERATE BC, the province’s graduate research internship program.
ACCELERATE BC is managed by MITACS, a Burnaby-based research network that received $10 million from the provincial government last summer to expand its internship program to all disciplines. The network now funds graduate and postdoctoral internships that promote collaborative research among employers, students and the university.
“This partnership will provide tremendous opportunity for our graduate co-op students to contribute to meaningful research with employers and with our own faculty,” says Norah McRae, executive director of UVic’s Co-op Program. “We are excited to foster this program and connect students with research possibilities.”
Student interns spend two months with an employer, then two months at UVic continuing with research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. The $7,500 the employer and MITACS each contribute to the four-month internship provides a $15,000 research grant to the intern’s supervising professor. Part of this grant goes toward the student’s wages.
All graduate students are eligible to participate in the program. To help ACCELERATE BC reach its goal of funding over 650 internships between 2007 and 2011, UVic Co-op is providing information about the program to faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral students, as well as current co-op employers.