Awards

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry celebrates excellence in research and academics. We offer one of the highest levels of financial support for graduate students at Western and across Canada. A variety of internal awards, scholarships and fellowships exist to celebrate the achievements of our graduate students.

Listed below are awards presented for excellence in the Graduate Program:

Collip Medal Award

Awarded annually to the most outstanding graduating PhD student from one of the Basic Science Programs in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The award, established in 1959, commemorates the contributions of Dr. J. B. Collip, one of the School's former Deans.

2021 Jacqueline Dron
2018
Miljan Kuljanin
2013
 Benjamin Kleinstiver
2012 Chris Johansen
2009 James Duncan
2008 Sean Bendall
2007 Mary Olsten
2006 David Canton
2004 Sonya Clark
2003 Simon Sharpe
2000 Christy Fryer
1999 Steven Smith
1994 Brigitte Lavoie
1993 Andrew White
1992 Carolyn Smith
1991 Michael Surette
1988 David Litchfield
1985 Donald Nicholson
1979 Eric Ball
1978 Francis Sharom
1976 Frances Ann McElroy
1971-76 No medals were awarded
1970 Naim Kosaric 
1966 John W.D. MacDonald
1963 John Purko
1960 William Thompson
1959 Elizabeth Young Pearce

Cobban Student Award in Heart and Stroke Research

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.

2020 Julieta Lazarte
2019 Julieta Lazarte
2018 Jacqueline Dron

Dr. Bishnu D. Sanwal Graduate Performance Award

Awarded to Biochemistry graduate students for performance in the graduate student seminar, participation in the visiting speakers program and general departmental affairs, and willingness to assist fellow students.

2022
Brianna Gonga-Cave, Beth Connelly
2021 
Gabriel Onea
2020 
Jeremy Lant
2019 Matthew Berg
2018 Karen Dunkerley
2017 None
2016
Mike Eliis
2015
Stephanie Dorman
2014 Tom McMurrough  

Dr. William Zaharia Award

Awarded to students for excellence in the Department of Biochemistry PhD program.

2022 Jeremy Lant
2021 Karen Dunkerley
2020
 Matthew Berg
2019 Christina Chung
2018 Amy Burke
2017 Jacob Aguirre-Butcher
2016
Stephanie Dorman
2015 L. Ashley Watson
2013
 Benjamin Kleinstiver
2012 Chris Johansen
2011 Matthew Lanktree
2010 Susan Safadi
2009 James Duncan
2008 Sean Bendall
2007 Mary Olsten
2006 David Canton
2005 Katrina Rodriquez-Capote
2004 Sonya Clark
2003 Simon Sharp
2002 Helen Petropolous
2001 Alan Ridgeway
2000 Christy Fryer
1999 Steven Smith
1998 Murray Junop
1997
None
1996
Alan Rigby
1995
Michelle Rouleau
1994
Brigitte Lavoie
1993
 Andrew White
1992
 Carolyn Smith
1991 Michael Surette
1990 Ann Marie Carig
1989 Ingrid Mehlhorn
1998 David Litchfield
1987 Steven Anderson
1986 Paul Walton
1985 Donald Nicholson
1984 Mark Peters
1983 Prem Seth
1982 Jane Wilson
1981 Paul Casola
1980 Tony Rupar
1979 Eric Ball
1978 Frances Sharom
1977 Jeff Lipton

Drs. Madge & Charles Macklin Fellowship for Publication/Research and Teaching

Publication

For full-time doctoral students in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry who have published their doctoral research as first author in a peer-reviewed journal.

2017 Karen Dunkerley 
2016
 
Tara Condos
2011 Courtney Coschi
2010 Kristin Kernohan
2009 Nicole St. Denis

Research and Teaching

This award is for doctoral students in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in order to recognize and reward excellence in teaching and research.

2019 Matthew Berg
2008
Susan Safadi

Morris Kroll Memorial Scholarship in Cancer Research

For excellence in the field of cancer research.

2009 Gobi Thillainadesan

Nellie L. Farthing Memorial Fellowship in Medical Sciences

This award recognizes and rewards graduate students in Medical Sciences for excellence in research. It was established in 1960 through a generous legacy donation from Nellie Farthing.

2018 Jacqueline Dron
2015
Mike Ellis
2011
Bradley Stocks
2010 Bradley Stocks
2006 Mary Olsten
2002 Greg Vilk
2000 Derek McLachlin
1999 Derek McLachlin

Jonathan & Joshua Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Mental Health Research

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 and friends.

2017 Renee Tamming

Jonathan & Joshua Memorial Graduate Travel Scholarship

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.

2018 Karen Dunkerley

Norman E. Nixon Marie Ramo Nixon Award

This award is given to a full-time graduate student in a Masters or PhD program who is working with a Robarts Research Institute Scientist. This award was established by a generous donation from Mrs. Marie Nixon.

2019 Jacqueline Dron

Dean's Research Scholarship

This program is being initiated in order to support Western University and Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s commitment to enhance collaborative and translational research. Starting in the academic year 2020/21, a total of 10 awards per year to support graduate student research will be given. The scholarships will be in the amounts of $10,000 for Master’s students and $14,000 for PhD students per year, for two years.

2020 Benjamin Joris

WORLDiscoveries Scholarship for Commercialization/Entrepreneurship

WORLDiscoveries generously provided an award for Biochemistry graduate students to promote the pursuit of commercialization/entrepreneurship within the Dept. of Biochemistry. The award is no longer offered.

2018 Matthew Berg (Dr. Brandl's lab)
2017 
Haider Hassan (Dr. Torchia's lab)
2016 Charles Ishak (Dr. Dick's lab)