University and college students have invaded Toronto in the hundreds of thousands (nearly 200,000 apparently). Not that I think this is a bad thing, as I stated last week. I recognize that this is a phenomenon seen across Canada and around the world, but with four universities and four colleges in the city, their presence here is very, ah, present.
Every day I ride my bike through the University of Toronto’s main downtown campus on my way to work, and I can’t help but noticing all the engineering students wearing navy blue Skule t-shirts, like the students pictured below.
Photo courtesy University of Toronto, Sydney Goodfellow.
This is how engineers looked at my Alma Mater a couple of years ago (not really) when I attended.
Purple engineers at Queen’s University in Kingston. Photo courtesy Robin Dawes, creative commons license.
So where am I going with this? Nowhere really. I wanted to introduce the video below of high school students showing off what they learned during a summer spent doing stem cell research. They are part of the Gladstone Institutes Summer Internship program and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine provides funding to ensure two of the six students study stem cell biology. The Canadian Stem Cell Network and the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine have their own trainee education programs (here and here respectively) at the university level that involves mentoring students, but sadly creating a clever Taylor Swift parody video is not a requirement for completion. Well, not yet anyway.
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