Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

Research profile: Michelle Fan, School of Interactive Arts and Technology

September 24, 2012

Originally from Taiyuan, Shanxi, Min (Michelle) Fan earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in Digital Media Arts from the Communication University of China, and went on to work for the Beijing Olympic Games as the video editor and director for all interstitials of the hockey games.

It seems fitting that her motion graphic and interaction design work on hockey would eventually bring her to Canada. She first came to Vancouver to pursue her second Master's degree in the Centre for Digital Media at SFU. During this time, she developed a great interest in child-centric interaction design. She confesses, "I fell deeply in love with the beautiful city of Vancouver."

She's now a PhD candidate in SFU's School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Her research focuses on how to apply new media technology — such as ubiquitous and tangible computing technologies — into children’s education to provide them better interactive learning experiences and outcomes.

Through her research, she hopes that people will get a better understanding of how technologies are benefiting and evolving the field of children’s education in the digital age.

Michelle was one of the successful recipients of the SFU-China Scholarship Council agreement, signed by SFU President Petter in July 2011.

We're delighted to welcome her back to Simon Fraser University and congratulate her on receiving this prestigious award.

Michelle's Top Tips for Future International Grad Students

  1. Check SFU’s website carefully for information about applying to your intended academic program  and don’t miss the application deadline!
  2. Contact your prospective advisor or the graduate program assistant in your target graduate program if you have any questions. They are really nice people who are willing to help!
  3. SFU offers a variety of funding opportunities for excellent international graduate students.
  4. Remember, everyone at SFU is so supportive, and they are more than happy to help you succeed in your chances to study in SFU.
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