International Virtual Research Opportunities

Application process

If you would like to be considered for any of these internships, please identify the project and submit the following documents to rch@uOttawa.ca:

  • Student resumé
    The resume must include sections on education, awards and research experience. Maximum two pages in length.
  • Statement of interest
    The student must explain why they want to participate in the proposed research project and the link to their professional goals. Maximum 250 words.
  • Transcripts
    Transcripts in PDF format from uoZone are accepted. All transcripts must be combined into a single PDF file.

Middle East Technical University

Child and Adolescent Development

Disciplines: Psychology and developmental psychology

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December
  • Winter 2021: February to May

Hours: Flexible

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in psychology or graduate students in developmental psychology

Language: English

Number of placements: FULL

Funding: To be determined or Power Corporation of Canada uOGlobal Scholarships

Project description: Students of all levels at the University of Ottawa are invited to conduct research under the supervision of the Middle East Technical University’s leading researcher in child and adolescent development.

Investigation of Spouted Bed Systems for Polysilicon Production for Silicon Based Photovoltaic Cells

Disciplines: Chemical engineering, engineering, fluidized bed systems, spouted beds

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December
  • Winter 2021: January to April

Hours: Flexible

Tasks and responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Investigation of different systems that can be used in polysilicon production for silicon based photovoltaic cells (literature review)
  • Investigation of the possibility of using spouted bed systems for polysilicon production for silicon based photovoltaic cells (literature review)
  • Learning how spouted beds operate, including their hydrodynamics
  • Investigation and calculation of operating parameters of spouted beds

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels

Language: English

Number of placements: 1

Funding: To be determined or Power Corporation of Canada uOGlobal Scholarships

Project description: With the increase in world population and energy demand, there is a growing interest in finding alternative renewable energy sources. Silicon-based photovoltaic cells are expected to play a major role in the use of solar energy. Thus, the market for polysilicon is expected to grow rapidly in the next five years. Researchers point out the advantages of fluidized bed systems in reducing the cost of production of polysilicon. However, they also note challenges these systems entail. Spouted bed systems can be an alternative to fluidized bed systems. However, there is no comprehensive study on the hydrodynamics of spouted bed systems operating with polysilicon particles. Therefore, the objective of this project is to investigate the possibility and feasibility of using spouted bed systems for polysilicon production.

National Taiwan University

Converting Agricultural Waste Biomass into Value-Added Products Using Metal-Organic Frameworks (Mofs) — Derived Catalysts

Disciplines: Engineering, biomass conversion, materials science, catalysis, drug delivery systems

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December
  • Winter 2021: January to April

Hours: Flexible

  • Part time: 5 to 20 hours/week
  • Full time: 40 hours/week

Tasks and responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Literature reviews
  • Data collection
  • Data entry and analysis

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels

Language: English

Number of placements: FULL

Funding: To be determined or Power Corporation of Canada uOGlobal Scholarships

Project description: Catalyst supports have problems of aggregation and deactivation and random distribution of metal nanoparticles. To solve these problems, we propose a novel synthetic methodology called the de novo approach. We will use metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as the host and different metal precursors as metal sources to synthesize metal nanoparticles embedded, including MOF-derived substrates with homogeneous metal nanoparticles distribution. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a new class of porous materials constructed by metal-based nodes and organic linkers. Owing to their ultrahigh surface area, regular nanostructured pores, tunable pore size and high permanent porosity, MOFs have been widely applied for many chemical engineering applications, especially in catalysis. Through careful material design, this de novo approach could improve the functionality of MOFs when they are used as catalysts for catalytic reactions (e.g., biomass conversion) and as electrodes for electrochemical applications (e.g., supercapacitors).

 

Infectivity and Pathogenicity of Parrot Bornavirus

Disciplines: Virology, Immunology

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: October to December

Hours: Approximately 6 hours/week

Tasks and responsibilities:

The student will review the literature and analyze current unmet needs in this field of research.

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels with a research interest in animal virology

Language: English

Number of placements: FULL

Funding: To be determined or Power Corporation of Canada uOGlobal Scholarships

Project description: Bornavirus is a highly neurotropic pathogen, affecting the central and peripheral nervous system of parrots. Proventricular dilatation disease, along with lethal neurological signs, is commonly seen in diseased birds. Currently, there are no effective vaccines or antivirals available. Since 2008, the year that the parrot bornaviruses (PaBVs) were identified, there has been a lack of fundamental information on their pathogenesis and host immunity. PaBV-5, belonging to the clade II bornaviruses, has been hypothesized to possess zoonotic potential and enhanced neurotropism. The central objective of this project is to investigate the infectivity and pathogenicity of PaBVs.

Regulation of DC Development and Functions at Steady State and Inflammation

Disciplines: Biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, medicine

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December
  • Winter 2021: January to April

Hours: 30 to 40 hours/week

Tasks and responsibilities:

Task and responsibilities may include:

There will be lectures on introduction to immunology and immunological methods. There will be weekly lab meetings to introduce the research subjects in the lab. Students are expected to carry out a small project. They will present their work by the end of the exchange in the lab meeting. They will learn how to design, conduct and analyze the experiments. They will also acquire advanced knowledge in DC development.

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels. Basic knowledge in biochemistry, molecular biology and biology will help understand the basis of some experiments.

Language: English

Number of placements: FULL

Funding: To be determined or Power Corporation of Canada uOGlobal Scholarships

Project description: Dendritic cells (DCs) are the most important antigen-presenting cells and modulators for innate and adaptive immunity. In fact, this is the main reason why Dr. Ralph Steinman, who discovered DCs, received the Nobel Prize in 2011. However, the regulation of homeostasis of DCs during steady-state and infection/inflammation remains elusive. The aim of this project is to study the effect of Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligand-induced inflammation on DC development. This study will help outline the developmental fate of different subsets of DCs.

Research Center for Water Resources and Disaster Management

Disciplines: Civil engineering, hydraulic engineering, water resources management, ecological engineering

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December
  • Winter 2021: January to April

Hours: 20 to 40 hours/week

Tasks and responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities may include:

Research students are required to propose a research plan. They have primary responsibility for the direction and progress of their research under the supervision of WRDM  faculty.

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels who have an interest in civil engineering or other related fields

Languages: English or Chinese

Number of placements: 3

Funding: To be determined or Power Corporation of Canada uOGlobal Scholarships

Project description: The Research Center for Water Resources and Disaster Management (WRDM) at National Taiwan University was founded in March 2019, to integrate research and development activities in water resources and disaster management and to further leverage water-related multidisciplinary research. Our research focuses on field surveys, laboratory experiments, computer simulation and analysis, and integrated planning studies. Topics include water resources, urban flooding, stochastic hydrology, hydro-ecology, sediment management, flood and drought mitigation and more. Students are encouraged to propose a research plan. Their responsibilities include defining the direction and progress of their research under supervision of WRDM  faculty.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Multi-Label Classification with Deep Learning in Disease Prediction for Long Non-Coding RNAS

Disciplines: Biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, computational structural biology, molecular dynamics simulations and biochemistry

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December

Hours: 4 hours/week

Tasks and responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Reading related papers to understand the project context.
  • Learning to use software developed in our lab.
  • Communicating with team members

Eligibility: Open to students of all levels

Language: English

Number of placements: FULL

Funding: To be determined or Power Corporation of Canada uOGlobal Scholarships

Project description: Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been the subject of recent intensive studies due to their association with many human diseases. Artificial intelligence-based models for disease prediction based on lncRNA data could be useful in diagnosis and therapy. The accuracy and robustness of existing models based on neural network and machine learning techniques could be improved. We intend to develop a deep learning model to address multi-label classification for disease prediction for a given lncRNA, which could be viewed as an implementation of the deep forest model in multi-label classification. This would be a sequential multi-label-grained scanning method, different from the standard deep forest model. We propose to train  sequential multi-labels with label correlation considered.

The Mechanism of Recombinant Coagulation Factor X as Antagonist against Rivaroxaban

Disciplines: Biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, computational structural biology, molecular dynamics simulations and biochemistry

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December

Hours: Flexible

Tasks and responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Reading related papers to understand the project context.
  • Learning to use Gromacs, VMD and other software to generate and analyze Rivaroxaban-FX binding energy data, especially to reveal the key roles of mutant residues.
  • Communicating with team members.

Eligibility: Open to students of all level familiar with Gromacs, VMD and other software

Language: English

Number of placements: 1

Funding: To be determined or Power Corporation of Canada uOGlobal Scholarships

Project description: The coagulation cascade is a successive activation of a series of coagulation factors to form a blood clot, in which factor X is an important target for the treatment or prevention of thrombotic diseases. So far, most inhibitors targeting factor X are direct inhibitors binding to the S1 specific pocket and the S4 aryl binding pocket of the active site in a L shape. The synthetic FXa direct inhibitor rivaroxaban (RIV), the first oral anticoagulant on the market, can be used to prevent and treat venous thromboembolism and non-valvular atrial fibrillation. However, clinical findings show that excessive rivaroxaban may cause local bleeding or coagulopathy. It is necessary to develop appropriate antagonists to reverse its anticoagulant effect. Daniël Verhoef et al. (Nat Commun. 2017 Sep 13; 8(1): 528) conducted in vitro and in vivo experiments on coagulation activity on the S4 pocket key residue mutants Y99A and F174A, and designed a 99 loop fragment containing a hybrid snake venom to reverse the anticoagulant effect of apixaban. Our collaborators at Ruijin Hospital have suggested a possible antagonistic effect of some other mutants of the S4 pocket through genetic screening of clinical patients and in vitro experiments. In this project, we plan to perform molecular dynamics simulation and binding free energy calculation on the  complex of  rivaroxaban and wild-type / mutant FXa, and analyze the important role of the key residues in the S4 pocket in rivaroxaban binding, to further related drug design.

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Brain & Early Experience Study

Disciplines: Psychology (developmental and cognitive), neuroscience, statistics and immunology

Duration: Flexible

  • Fall 2020: September to December
  • Winter 2021: January to April

Hours: Flexible

Tasks and responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Coding video data
  • Statistical analysis
  • Literature review
  • Quality control checks from neuroimaging data

Eligibility: Graduate (master’s and PhD) students with experience or prior coursework in neuroscience, psychology (developmental or cognitive), statistics or immunology

Language: English

Number of placements: 1

Funding: To be determined or Power Corporation of Canada uOGlobal Scholarships

Project description: Chronic stress for children growing up in poverty may lead to lasting effects on social, behavioural, cognitive and academic development. This study examines the link between poverty and executive functions known to undergo rapid developmental change during the first years of life, including cognitive processes that facilitate learning, self-monitoring and decision making. We will examine early neurological development in roughly 230 kids from birth to age 3. We will also investigate critical experiences of the home environment, including language exposure, caregiver behaviour and child sleep hygiene that may mediate the effects of this risk on child structural and functional brain development.

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