Research

Type of Experience: 
Co-op Work Term
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Organization Information
Organization: 
Family Support Institute
Organization Sector: 
Non-profit
Organization Profile: 
The Family Support Institute (FSI) is a provincial non-profit charitable society registered in 1985. FSI supports and connects with approximately 10,000 families each year who have a family member with a disability. This support to families stems mainly from our large volunteer network of Resource Parents (RP’s) and Resource Family Members (RFM’s). Currently our RP/RFM Network supports over 200 volunteer parents who support families regionally by sharing experiences and expertise, connecting families with each other, guiding families to supports and services in their regions, and facilitating training and educational sessions. FSI has developed 12 different workshops that are presented all over BC. All of our workshops were written by and are presented by parents. FSI is unique in Canada and is the only grass roots, parent to parent support organization with a broad volunteer base and mandate.
City: 
New Westminster
Experience Details
Position Title: 
Research and Communication Coordinator
Responsibilites / Tasks: 
My primary responsibility is conducting research for the creation of the first comprehensive searchable disability resource database called FindSupportBC.
Projects / Initiatives: 
To achieve our vision for a customizable database, a lot of reasoning is required with respect to how each of the thousands of resources are categorized and tagged. This project is highly ambitious and we greatly look forward to being able to help families navigate the system and locate appropriate resources.
What did you learn: 
I learned that there are thousands of resources. It's unfortunate that most families are not aware of any of them when their child is first diagnosed. Another one of the most difficult challenges is the transition stage from youth to adulthood. Now hired to continue to project in the fall (part-time), I will also create an online course on transitioning.
Tips / Advice: 
Try to vary your co-ops to expose yourself to small and large companies, non-profit, and if possible, both the private and public sector.

Type of Experience: 
Co-op Work Term
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Organization: 
PBR Laboratories
Organization Sector: 
Microbiology
Organization Profile: 
Established in 1984, PBR Laboratories provides consulting services as well as microbiology, and toxicology testing to clients in regards to human health and the environment. PBR Laboratories also has a strong research and development department to facilitate innovations from technologies under development.
City: 
Edmonton

For my first and second coop work terms, I was fortunate to secure an 8-month position with PBR Laboratories, located in Edmonton, AB, as a Laboratory Assistant.

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Type of Experience: 
Co-op Work Term
Organization Information
Organization: 
Dr. Dan Marigold, Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab
Organization Profile: 
From the website: Research in the Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab focuses on understanding how the nervous system controls locomotion with an emphasis on how sensory information is integrated to produce movement. Our main interest is the fundamental neurophysiological principles underlying the visuomotor control of locomotion. We use a combination of techniques from neurophysiology, biomechanics, and psychology to probe questions related to this research. Our goals are (1) to provide a more complete picture of the neural control of movement in order to facilitate neurorehabilitation and reduce falls among those individuals at risk and (2) to characterize mobility deficits associated with visual impairment in order to discover novel interventions to improve function in these individuals.
City: 
Burnaby
Experience Details
Position Title: 
Undergraduate Researcher
Responsibilites / Tasks: 
As an undergraduate researcher I got the opportunity to research, design and execute my own experiment. It was a really great way to experience life in a lab setting because it is rare that as an undergrad you would be able to start and execute a real experiement from scratch. I was also involved in helping the Masters and PhD students run their experiements and help them collect data. I was also asked to reorganized data and produce graphs that were used in further analysis of these projects.
Projects / Initiatives: 
At this time the project that I was able to design and lead is confidential as it is still being run.
What did you learn: 
The most important thing was I got to learn about what life in a lab is like and whether or not research was something I could see myself doing. I also learned how to use motion tracking systems such as the Opotrak camera and got to use programs such as LabView to analyse the data that was collected. Lastly, I learned that working in a lab takes a lot of patience; things don't and can't happen over night nor do things always work out the first time through and that's ok!
Tips / Advice: 
Remember to ask a lot of questions about anything and everything. Everyone in the lab at one time has been or is a student and they can provide a lot of personal insight into what working in a lab is like and what graduate studies entails.

Working in the Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab was an experience I could not have gotten anywhere else. I got to see what life in a lab was like and had really great resources to learn from.

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