Ten outstanding PhD Candidates represented Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Western University at the Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF) at the University of Manitoba from June 2 - 4, 2015:
A special congratulations goes to Ratneswaran for receiving a Gold Medal, Burke for receiving a Silver Medal, and Tong for receiving the Women’s Health Research Foundation Award.
Ratneswaran explained the experience was wonderful, and it was a great honour to be chosen to represent Schulich Medicine & Dentistry at a national competition.
“A lot of our work as graduate students happens behind the scenes. The project that I was presenting had four years of work condensed into a ten-minute presentation, so it’s nice to be recognized for all of the hard work and long hours that we put in,” she said. “It was also an honour to be grouped in with such intelligent and talented individuals.”
Ratneswaran added that her biggest takeaway from the competition was being humbled by the impactful research that takes place in Canada and at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.
“Many of us didn’t know each other before traveling to the conference together, so getting to know each other was a great experience,” she said.
Held annually, CSHRF provides a venue for health research trainees to present their work, network with peers from across the country, and be recognized for the excellence of their contributions. It features research poster days, socials events, and a symposium on a cross-disciplinary scientific theme by some of the world’s leading experts in that field.