Topic: STEM

UVic gets $2.5M for research-focused scholarships

Univ of Victoria has announced $2.5 million worth of graduate scholarships that are focused on research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The fund is part of the $12-million initiative earlier announced by the province to boost its technology and innovation sectors by attracting and retaining top talent. About 16,000 domestic students enrolled in…

BC invests $125M in tech, innovation opportunities

The provincial government of British Columbia is investing more than $125.1 million in the next three years to support its technology and innovation sectors, primarily through talent development for research, entrepreneurship and job opportunities. The biggest investment — at $102.6 million through the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) — will support 75 post-secondary research projects.…

CanCode program to equip K-12 teachers, students with digital skills

The federal government is funding 21 projects across Canada in a program that will help develop the computer skills of the future in students from kindergarten to Grade 12. Funding will come from the $50-million CanCode program which is good for two years, starting 2017-18, and intended to equip up to one million students in…

Innovation sectors continue to fail spectacularly at gender equity and diversity

The UK, US and Canada still haven’t managed to break the average 20% threshold for gender equity across STEM academic disciplines. In some cases, the numbers of women are actually declining and certain disciplines that like to boast higher numbers are still well below parity. To address the lack of progress being made by universities, Canada’s Science minister has made accessing research funding dependent on achieving gender equity and diversity and has called on university presidents to address the lack of women in the Canada Research Chairs program.

Science and tech gets a reboot for Canada’s 150

This article is from the July 2017 issue of Canadian Innovation News. You can read the full issue here. By Debbie Lawes No doubt, many of us would have read about Drs. Frederick Banting and Charles Best’s discovery of insulin nearly a century ago. But did you know that lamivudine, also known as 3TC, was…

Trump signs Canada-inspired bills to promote women entrepreneurship

US president Donald Trump has signed two bipartisan bills to encourage women to pursue careers in science. The bills — Promoting Women in Entrepreneurships Act and Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act — closely follow the creation of the Canada−United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders…