PhD students enjoy international experiences under PrInt program
Students headed overseas for doctoral research internships and training programs in second semester of 2021
André Natã Mello Botton is at Vanderbilt University (USA) / Photo: Personal archive
The PrInt program offers possibilities for the internationalization of PhD students, from 6 or 12 months, overseas. In the second semester of 2021, 10 students from different graduate programs at PUCRS did doctoral research internships at partner institutions.
For Juanita Hincapié Pinzón, a student in the graduate program in Psychology, the experience is an opportunity for personal and professional growth. “The learning processes, in cultures that are different from your own, are a unique opportunity for career development as a researcher. The possibility of nurturing skills, gaining knowledge, strengthening institutional partnerships and designing, applying and disseminating the scientific method, provides necessary tools for us to succeed not only in academic life, but also in the constitution of us students as individuals”, she comments.
The student has been at the Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir, Spain, since Sept 2021, working on her research within the priority area Health in Human Development. “The projects help us look at phenomena, dynamics and the world in general from a different perspective. This will allow us to look at differences and similarities in the use of digital technologies as work tools, their influence on the perception of loss of control over working time, the many different roles we play, how much work we are taking, and the possible impacts on the mental health of individuals”, she highlights.
Find out about the projects associated with the priority areas
Students are in different institutions abroad. They are all working on the international cooperation projects associated with the priority areas of the PrInt Program. Find out about each student’s project:
Health in Human Development
Gabriela Veiga Alano Rodrigues from Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology / Photo: Personal archive
Gabriela Veiga Alano Rodrigues: Graduate Program in Biomedical Gerontology. She is doing research at Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir (Spain), working on the project Study of the neuropsychology of aging and molecular mechanisms associated with neurodegenerative diseases in the elderly. “This internship is being very important for my research and professional and personal development”, she claims.
Natália Evangelista Campos: Graduate Program in Pediatrics and Child Health. She is doing research at Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain), working on the project Assessment of environmental aspects, life habits and pathological conditions in child development. “Working in an international group of excellence in the area of aerobic fitness assessment is a form of continuous development I am learning a lot from”, she highlights.
João Ismael Budelon Gonçalves: Graduate Program in Pediatrics and Child Health. He is doing research at Harvard Medical School (USA), working on the project Assessment of environmental aspects, life habits and pathological conditions in child development. “It is very rewarding to be enrolled in this CAPES-PrInt program. It has been a very good experience to live in a different country and interact with people from different cultures”, he points out.
Eduardo Vieira de Souza: Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He is doing research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (USA), working on the project Advances in drug development, diagnosis and epidemiology of neglected diseases.
World in Motion
André Natã Mello Botton: Graduate Program in Linguistics. He is doing research at Vanderbilt University (USA), working on the project World in Motion: Individuals and Society. “Being here is a dream come true for me: study abroad, develop English skills and, with that, make the ghetto narratives I study earn more visibility outside of Brazil”, he comments.
Fernanda Trentine Ambiedo is at the Università degli Studi del Molise / Photo: Personal archive
Fernanda Trentine Ambiedo: Graduate Program in History. She is doing research at Università degli Studi del Molise (Itália), working on the project Migrations: Historical and Conceptual Perspectives and Analysis of Contemporary Phenomena. “I’m getting to know different cultures, and experience immigration, so important for the analysis to which I am dedicated”, she celebrates.
Lara Agustina Sosa Márquez: Graduate Program in Social Sciences. She is doing research at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Alemanha), working on the project associated with the area World in Motion: Individuals and Society. “I’m learning a lot here and this experience allows me to see things from a broader perspective, thus reflecting more deeply on the topics I’m studying”, she points out.
Laura Girardi Hypolito: Graduate Program in Criminal Sciences. She is doing research at the University of Ottawa (Canada), working on the project World in Motion: Individuals and Society.
Technology and Biodiversity:
Debora Cristina Engelmann: Graduate Program in Computer Science. She is doing research at the University of Genoa (Italy), working on the project Technological Advances for the Development of an Interconnected World. “The opportunity to interact with people from other countries, different cultures and being able to collaborate with them has been very valuable for me to become a better researcher and to open up new possibilities for my research”, she reported.
Training Programs Abroad
The student in the Business School’s Graduate Program in Business Administration, Fernanda Lutz, signed up for a Training Program Abroad. Sh spent two months at HEC Montreal (Canada), working on the project Macro and microeconomic aspects associated with economic, social, human and environmental development.
“It was an incredible experience. I met students and professors from different countries and brushed up my English and French. I could share the findings of my dissertation and received productive feedback for my study. Thank you, CAPES, for allowing my professional development”, she says.