This clipping is originally from a printed article in UToday, the University of Calgary’s publication focused on university news.
Kent Hehr, minister of sport and persons with disabilities, on behalf of Kirsty Duncan, minister of science, announced more than $29 million to 18 projects across Canada to be delivered through this premiere research funding program.
NSERC CREATE funding supports innovative training programs that will prepare graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to transition from post-secondary learning to the Canadian workforce. Programs led by David Eaton of the Faculty of Science, and Naser El-Sheimy and Ted Roberts of the Schulich School of Engineering were selected for their collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to pressing global challenges.
“By empowering our country’s talented young researchers to pursue their ambitions and gain the hands-on experiences they need for the jobs of tomorrow, our government is paving the way to a bolder, brighter future for our country,” says Duncan. “This investment will give some of the most promising science and engineering graduate students and postdoctoral fellows the support they need to make an important difference in their lives and the lives of others.”
The program highlights the importance of enriched training experiences in preparation for employment in the research and innovation sectors. It emphasizes expertise that will complement the qualifications and technical skills they gain as part of their degrees.
“The skills that our graduate students and postdocs will refine under the guidance of established mentors — entrepreneurship, project management, leadership, and beyond — will serve them well when they enter the workforce,” says Ed McCauley, vice-president (research). “NSERC’s investment is a strong endorsement of the quality of these training programs, and the impact they will have on our students’ and postdocs’ careers.”