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Old 05-19-2015, 11:32 AM
Location: Montreal
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Steve Campana, Canadian biologist, 'disgusted' with government muzzling - Nova Scotia - CBC News

I wonder whether the various deleterious actions taken by the federal government to civilian science will drive Canadian undergraduates to go abroad for their graduate studies more than in the pre-Harper days...

The actions I am referring include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Closure of the Experimental Lakes region
  • Muzzling of federal scientists
  • Cuts to fundamental research
  • Closure of federal research libraries
  • Abolition of the long-form census

These data points are too limited to draw any conclusions to my question:
  • Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) did not receive any other application from Canada for its physics PhD program this year (was waitlisted, and subsequently rejected, at WUSTL)
  • The School of Physics and Astronomy at Minnesota received 2 PhD applications this year (one each for astro and physics; I am the non-Prairie physics applicant, and, by now, matriculant) from Canadian, non-Prairie schools and an undisclosed number of applications from Canadian schools in the Prairies

Since European countries implemented more or less deep cuts to civilian science (depending on the countries, of course), one would expect the remaining funds to go to EU residents first, thus making it harder for Canadians.

Hence I would expect American schools to pick up the lion's share of Canadian student-activists, especially near-PGS D guys.
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