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Almost 60 StFX students gaining valuable research experience as recipients of summer student research awards

July 23rd, 2019
StFX summer student researchers pictured including, front row, l-r, Susannah Wolfe, Quinn Keily-Finlay, Charlotte Elliott, Bernadette McCann, Adelaide Strickland, Ellen McCole. Second row: Thomas Hujon, Catherine Boisvert, Savannah MacDonald, Allie Britten, Emma Manning, Alastair May. Third row: Daniel Winters, Lauren Sobot, Kaitlin Owens, Grace Tompkins, Courtney MacDonald, Hang Yu. Back: Duncan Osmond, Joshua Henderson, Derek Berger, Prahar Injer, Mingyang Ge, Taliah Powers, Samantha Bardwell.

Almost 60 StFX students have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in important research projects this summer, while being mentored by StFX’s talented faculty members, as recipients of StFX undergraduate student summer research awards. 

The students, who are from a wide variety of disciplines, are recipients of a number of prestigious awards including: the Irving Research Mentorship Awards, with funding provided through the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership; RBC Foundation Research Awards, with funding provided through the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government; Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) Scotia Scholar Awards; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council USRA Awards; Alley Heaps Student Research Awards; University Council for Research Student Research Awards; Gatto Research Chair Student Research Awards; and newly created student research awards available in the Faculty of Business through funding from the Schwartz Foundation.  

Each student has been awarded a minimum of $6,250 and will spend their summer developing valuable academic and leadership skills, conducting research in diverse areas from projects looking at Canadian multiculturalism as a deterrent for radical right-wing populism to the applications of visible-light photocatalysis for water decontamination.

“This year, on the advice of the Research Advisory Committee, we made a conscious effort to further increase the number of undergraduate student research awards, as well as increase the funding levels to an equivalent level,” says Dr. Richard Isnor, StFX Vice-President Research & Graduate Studies. “We also moved to a common application process; students being involved in developing their research applications is an important part of the research process. It’s wonderful to see the growing demand by students interested in undertaking research as part of their educational experience and the diversity of topics and disciplines being addressed. The support of our donors, such as the Schwartz Foundation, the RBC Foundation and Irving has been instrumental in these efforts.”

The 2019 Undergraduate Student Research Awards, are listed below, and include the student recipient, department and supervisor. 

Irving Research Mentorships (The Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership)

Megan Fraser; Biology; J. Williams

Justin Laforest; Human Kinetics; M. Lam

Chelsey MacPherson; Celtic Studies; M. Linkletter

Taliah Powers; Philosophy; D. Vossen

Denisse Molina Quiroga; Psychology; T. Callaghan

Caleb Scargall; Philosophy; D. Al-Maini

MacGillvray Smith; Psychology; C. Lomore

Lauren Sobot; Biology; K. Blair

Adelaide Strickland; Development Studies; M. Moynagh

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) Scotia Scholars

Samantha Bardwell; Math and Statistics; R. Lukeman

Allison Britten; Psychology; E. Koch

Kelsey Gill; Human Nutrition; J. Jamieson

Amanda Gormley; Biology; T. Rodela

Emma Manning; Psychology; L. Berrigan

Bernadette McCann; Computer Science; J. Levman

Therese McCurdy; Nursing; J. Whittey-Rogers

Alaa Salih; Psychology; L. Berrigan

Kayleigh Trenholm; Psychology; A. Weaver/K. Blair

Hang Yu; Computer Science; L. Yang

RBC Foundation Research Awards (The Mulroney Institute of Government)

Marcus Cuomo; Political Science; P. Kikkert

David Eliot; Sociology; R. Bantjes

Alistair Hill; Sociology; N. Verberg

Brenna Martell; Aquatic Resources; P. Kikkert

Sara Murrin; Engineering; D. Risk

Kaitlin Owens; Education; J. Mitton-Kukner

MacKenzie Thomas; Political Science; L. Stan

Susannah Wolfe; History/WGS; R. Hurst

NSERC USRA

Alison Barkhouse; Earth Sciences; J. Braid

Melanie Belong; Biology/MS; R. Lukeman

Catherine Boisvert; Physics; P. Poole

Brian Canam; Physics; P. Marzlin

Dean Eaton; Physics; P. Poole

Elvin Girineza; Chemistry; G. Hallett-Tapley

Thomas Hujon; Physics; P. Marzlin

Megan MacDonald; Biology; R. Wyeth

Courtney MacDonald; Math and Statistics; R. Lukeman

Nikita Kenney; Chemistry; G. Hallett-Tapley

Ellen McCole; BSC Math + Engineering; D. Risk

Maddy McDonald; Biology; C. Bishop

Grace Moffatt; Human Kinetics; D. Kane

Carmen Ucciferri; Biology; R. Wyeth

Alley Heaps Student Research Awards

Mingyang Ge; Computer Science; M. Lin

Prahar Injer; Computer Science; J. Levman

Allistar May; Computer Science; M. Lin

Logan Murphy; Computer Science; W. MacCaull

UCR Student Awards

Lauren Berrington; Biology; T. Rodela

Megan Davies; Biology; R. Wyeth

Charlotte Elliott; Chemistry; S. Razul

Cassandra Fenlon; Human Nutrition; M. English

Daniel Winters; Physics; R. van den Hoogen

Gatto Research Chair – Summer Student Research Award

Shaughnessy Cudmore-Keating; Philosophy; S. Baldner

Schwartz Foundation in Business

Samuel Studnicka; Y. Nguyen 

William Warren; M. Fuller

Rachel MacDonald; S. Price

Mairi McKinnon; B. Long

Cameron Chubb; H. Ghouma

Lauren Huntley; Y. Nguyen

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