Announcement: Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Internal Graduate Awards recipients named

Congratulations to the recipients of the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Internal Graduate Awards.

Collip Medal Award
Benjamin Kolisnyk, PhD, Neuroscience
Supervisors: Marco Prado, PhD, and Vania Prado, PhD
Title of thesis: Cholinergic mechanisms regulating cognitive function and RNA metabolism

Established in 1959, the award is presented annually to the most outstanding Doctoral student graduating from one of the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s programs. The award commemorates the contributions of Dr. J. B. Collip, one of the School’s former Deans.

Cobban Student Award in Heart and Stroke Research
Dr. Jason Lee, Medical Biophysics
Supervisor: Dr. Geoffrey Pickering

Established by Audrey and Delmar Cobban and matched by Robarts Research Institute, this award recognizes Doctoral research in the area of heart and stroke disease.

Drs. Madge and Charles Macklin Fellowship for Teaching and Research in Medical Sciences
Tyler Beveridge, PhD Candidate, Anatomy and Cell Biology
Supervisors: Brian Allman, PhD, and Dr. Nicholas Power

This fellowship is available to full-time Doctoral students, and it recognizes and rewards excellence in teaching and research. This fellowship was established by a bequest from Margaret Macklin Frewen.

Drs. Madge and Charles Macklin Fellowship for Publication in Medical Sciences
Karen Dunkerley, PhD Candidate, Biochemistry
Supervisor: Gary Shaw, PhD

The fellowship is available to full-time Doctoral students who have published their doctoral research as first author in a peer reviewed journal. This fellowship was established through a legacy donation from Margaret Macklin Frewen.

Jonathan & Joshua Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Christopher Norris, PhD Candidate, Neuroscience
Supervisor: Steven Laviolette, PhD Candidate

Renee Tamming, PhD Candidate, Biochemistry
Supervisor: Nathalie Berube, PhD

Niveen Fulcher, MSc Candidate, Neuroscience
Supervisor: Dr. Susanne Schmid, PhD

This scholarship is given to doctoral students who are specializing in the neuroscience of mental health disorders, and is generously made available by Mr. Robert McKinnon.

Jonathan & Joshua Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Alex Major, PhD Candidate, Neuroscience
Supervisor: Stefan Everling, PhD

This scholarship is given to a Doctoral or Master's student who is specializing in mental health research, and is generously made available by Mr. Robert McKinnon and friends.

Nellie Farthing Fellowship in Medical Sciences
Tyler Beveridge, PhD Candidate, Anatomy and Cell Biology
Supervisors: Brian Allman, PhD, and Dr. Nicholas Power

Dante Capaldi, PhD Candidate, Medical Biophysics
Supervisor: Grace Parraga, PhD

Brennan Dirk, PhD Candidate, Microbiology and Immunology
Supervisor: Jimmy Dikeakos, PhD

Established in 1960 through a generous legacy donation from Nellie Farthing, the Fellowship recognizes excellence in research to a full-time doctoral student in Medical Sciences. Candidate’s record of research is of primary importance.  

Norman E. Nixon Marie Rämö Nixon Award
Katie Parkins, MSc Candidate, Medical Biophysics
Supervisors: John Ronald, PhD, and Paula Foster, PhD

Awarded to a full-time graduate student in a Doctoral or Master's program at Western who is working with a Robarts Research Institute Scientist. This award was established by a generous donation from Mrs. Marie Nixon.

Morris Kroll Award
Ashley Makela, PhD Candidate, Medical Biophysics
Supervisor: Paula Foster, PhD

The award was established by Mr. Franklin Shostack and Dr. Zane Cohen in memory of Morris Kroll. The scholarship will be awarded to a student registered at the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, who is working in the area of Cancer Research.

John P. Robarts Award for Innovative Medical Research
February 2017 Award:
Maria Sancho-Gonzalez, PhD
Supervisor: Donald G. Welsh, PhD

May 2017 Award:
Ali Attaran, PhD
Supervisor: Ravi Menon, PhD

This award funding is provided by friends and colleagues of John P. Robarts.

Candidates were selected based on research excellence (demonstrated and potential) and degree of innovation of their work. This included specific assessment of candidate’s research record, and the quality and potential impact of the research to be presented.