Nine of the brightest young scientific minds from India are at the University of New Brunswick this summer, working with some of the university’s leading national researchers and their laboratories.

The students are at UNB Fredericton for a three-month research internship, as part of the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) Globalink program. Here they will learn about, and be part of, the latest research and advances in Canada’s academic and industrial sectors.

“We are delighted to be a partner in this important program,” Dr. Eddy Campbell, President of UNB. “It’s a real pleasure for us to welcome this extraordinary group of students to UNB. It gives us an opportunity to highlight the research we are doing and allows us to connect our expertise with others across Canada and around the world. This program and others like it nurture the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow, a real feature of an education at UNB.”

MITACS Globalink is a unique internship program that links talented international undergraduate students with world-class researchers at Canadian universities. The goal of the program is to build research links with India – viewed as an up-and-coming research and development powerhouse – and connect with its future innovators and entrepreneurs. Over the three-month period, the students work on research projects supervised by local faculty members while working alongside undergraduate and graduate students. They receive business skills training through the MITACS Step Program, tour cutting-edge companies and network with industry leaders and innovators. “Every year, tens of thousands of future entrepreneurs and scientists from India travel abroad to countries like the U.S. or U.K. for graduate studies,” said Arvind Gupta, scientific director of MITACS. “Our message to international students is that Canada has world-class universities that provide superior education and innovative collaborative research opportunities and companies interested in helping them to commercialize their ideas into the products of tomorrow.”

Rohit Verma, a computer science student from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, is one of the students taking part in the program. Mr. Verma’s research is a multifaceted approach to botnet detection, mitigation and visualization. The recent growth of botnet activity in cyberspace has attracted, in a significant way, the attention of the research community. Botnets have become one of the biggest security threats, responsible for a large volume of malicious activities from distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to spamming and phishing.

The Globalink program runs in from May to July. UNB is the only Atlantic Canadian university to host students.

About MITACS

MITACS is a national research network which connects university-based researchers with industry, government and the not-for-profit sector to develop cutting-edge tools and technologies to support the growth of Canada’s knowledge-based economy. Since 1999, MITACS has acted as the bridge between academia, industry and government in Canada through innovative programming in partnership with the federal government and the provinces. For more information, visit www.mitacs.ca.

About UNB

Established in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public universities in North America. With more than 12,500 full- and part-time students from more than 100 countries, UNB has the best student-to-faculty ratio of Canada’s comprehensive universities, according to Maclean’s magazine. As the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts over 75 per cent of the province’s university research. UNB has more than 60 research centres, institutes, groups and major projects.

For more information, contact Natalie Montgomery, at (506) 453-4990 or nataliem@unb.ca; or Megan Airton-Cindric, MITACS Inc., at (604) 822-3982 or mairton@mitacs.ca.

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