High school injuries inspire engineering grad’s future career

Through engineering, Portia Rayner discovered her calling as an experimenter, innovator and leader

High school injuries inspire engineering grad’s future careerPortia Rayner describes her University of Alberta engineering degree as a seismic “shift in mentality.” At first, she wasn’t at all sure engineering was the right program for her. She had once wanted to be a veterinarian, and later thought chemistry or pharmacology would be a better fit. “You always hear those stories of the…

Creating Canada’s high-tech innovators of tomorrow

Federal funding supports intensive advanced training for future leaders in AI and diabetes research

Creating Canada’s high-tech innovators of tomorrowIn a global competition for talent, Canada is seeking to train the best graduate students to become “highly qualified personnel” – university-educated experts with the savvy and ingenuity to lead innovation in high-tech industries, government and academia. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has announced two new programs at the University of…

Program helps thousands of women see themselves in STEM careers

Women stay in STEM when they have confidence and a sense of community, WISEST proves

While there have been efforts to increase female representation in STEM, the data show there’s still more to be done. The likelihood of a girl enrolled in Grade 1 in Canada going on to receive a PhD in the sciences or engineering is one in 225. When you’re up against those odds, it can be…

Internship program supporting Black students in STEM expands to Ottawa

The ELITE program gives participants tools and skills to break down barriers in STEM careers

Internship program supporting Black students in STEM expands to OttawaIt takes more than technical knowledge to succeed in a career in science, technology, engineering or math. It takes a network of support and skills beyond the strictly academic, said engineering professor André McDonald. Black students face particular challenges, which is why McDonald founded a program at the University of Alberta in 2021 to support and…

Internship immerses Black students in STEM, business

The program is giving 38 students tools to pursue career goals while caring for themselves

Internship immerses Black students in STEM, businessIn high school, Imani Murray fell in love with the brain. Next, she set her sights on pursuing her dream career: becoming a neurosurgeon. Now a physiology student in her third year at the University of Alberta, Murray is putting her passion and studies into practice for the first time – and growing in more…