The NSERC-CREATE CAPTURE training program combines technical scientific coursework with professional opportunities which will ensure graduates are prepared to enter the growing plant protein market. Trainees can apply the program toward either a Masters or Doctoral degree.
Each graduate level course will highlight how the knowledge gained in the course could impact the plant protein ingredient sector, giving students a solid foundation in protein science. These two courses will apply to the requirements for either a Masters or Doctoral degree.
CAPTURE students will learn how to effectively give a public webinar, and then give one as part of our webinar series to discuss plant protein innovations and technologies.
Each CAPTURE student will take part in a 4-month industrial internship to gain practical experience associated with processing/utilization of protein-based ingredients, product development, policy or market analysis. For more information about accessing CAPTURE students, please contact Michael Nickerson (Michael.Nickerson@usask.ca) (Project Leader) or Lenore West (Lenore.West@usask.ca).
Annual Project Training and Scientific Meeting
All CAPTURE students will participate in intensive experiential learning, leadership and business training.
Experiential learning workshop
The workshop will strengthen the practical and technical skills associated with protein ingredients, and to engage CAPTURE trainees outside of the classroom in either a laboratory or industrial setting.
‘Leader’s of tomorrow’ workshop
This leadership development skills workshop will assist CAPTURE trainees develop core competencies in topic areas, which could include effective communication, emotional intelligence, leading groups/coaching, project/personal goal settings, dealing with difficult people, conflict resolution, and professionalism. We will also develop a session in the workshop focused on gender equality/diversity, empowerment and women in science.
‘Research-2 Business (R2B)’ Workshop
This business workshop will assist CAPTURE trainees develop core competencies in topic areas, which could include entrepreneurship, writing business plans and reports, understanding budgets, project management, intellectual property and commercialization. We will also develop a session in the workshop focused on gender bias and strategies for shaping a gender-neutral work environment.
Annual Protein Research Forum
CAPTURE trainees, researchers/collaborators and industry will be invited to a 2-day forum to hear trainee research presentations from all 5 target research areas.
Upon graduation, CAPTURE trainees will be formally paired with an industry mentor to help facilitate their transition into the workforce through the sharing of knowledge and giving of guidance in relation to his/her career development.