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Communications - News at Medicine - June 2012 - Graduate Student Achievements


Graduate Student Achievements
June 4, 2012
The achievements of graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine were celebrated May 2 with a luncheon in the Junior Common Room. Dr. Diana Gustafson, interim assistant dean for graduate studies (medicine) emceed the event. Dr. James Rourke, dean of medicine, attended the event and spoke about the tremendous growth in graduate studies.
 

“We need to stop and celebrate success from time to time,” said Dr. Rourke. “We have strong graduate programs and these will grow even more with the new space provided in the Genetics Centre, scheduled to open in 2014. As the genetics labs move to the new building it will allow us to re-develop the existing space in the Health Sciences Centre.”

The following awards were recognized at the May 2 event.

Faculty of Medicine Awards

Mohammed Uddin, supervised by Dr. Proton Rahman, received the Colman PhD Award, established on behalf of Genevieve and Roberta Colman.

Heidi Morris, supervised by Dr. Rodney Russell, received the Dr. Alfred T.H. Burness Graduate Awards in Medicine, established in memory or Dr. Alfred Burness. Mrs. Brenda Burness attended the luncheon.

Two inaugural Medical Graduate Students’ Society Scholar and Community Involvement Awards were given to PhD student Melody Morton-Ninomiya, supervised by Dr. Fern Brunger, and M.Sc. student David Jerome, supervised by Dr. Qi Yuan.

Memorial University medal

M.Sc. student Stephanie Minor, supervised by Dr. Catherine Donovan, received the Memorial University Medal of Excellence.

Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards

Jennifer Woodrow, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received a NLCAHR Doctoral Fellowship.

Farrell Cahill, supervised by Dr. Guang Sun, and Neva Fudge, supervised by Dr. Karen Mearow, received NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships for 2011-2012. Mr. Cahill also received the Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholarship for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

CIHR Regional Partnerships Program with the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador were received by Ali Atoom, supervised by Dr. Rod Russell; Nelly Abdel-Fetah, supervised by Dr. Terry-Lynn Young; and Melody Morton-Ninomiya, supervised by Dr. Fern Brunger.


Kerri Smith, supervised by Dr. Ann Dorward, received a Deans’ Fellowship (PhD).

Graduate Scholarships M.Sc. Awards

Yun Zhu, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received the Dr. Jorge Segovia Scholarship in Health Sciences Research.
Lin Liu, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, and Elizabeth Wallack, supervised by Drs. Wendy Young and Kenneth Rockwood, received 2011-12 NL-Harp Awards.

Justin Oake, supervised by Dr. Shabnam Asghari, and Yun Zhu, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received NLCAHR Master’s Fellowships.

Three students received CIHR Banting and Best Graduate Scholarships:  Kayla Harris, supervised by Drs. Michael Grant and Rod Russell; Heidi Morris, supervised by Dr. Rod Russell; and Laura Fullerton, supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson.

Natasha Belanger-Willoughby, supervised by Dr. Michiru Hirasawa, received a 2012 Heart and Stroke Foundation Scholarship.

Sarah Dinn and Noelle Marsh, both supervised by Dr. Daniel MacPhee, received NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship for 2012-2013.

Daniel Duggan, supervised by Dr. Reza Tabrizchi, received a NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Scholarship.

Shuo Li, supervised by Drs. Yagang Xie and Fei-Yu Han, received the inaugural Keith Griffiths Memorial Heart and Stroke Foundation Graduate Scholarship.

Miranda Polgar, supervised by Dr. Barbara Roebotham, received the Women’s Association of Memorial University Graduate Student Scholarship.

Farah McCrate, supervised by Dr. Marshall Godwin, received the Dr. Kim E. Hong Endowment Fund Scholarship.
Dean’s M.Sc. Fellowships were received by Daniel Wadden, supervised by Dr. Guang Sun, and John Hennessey, supervised by Drs. John McGuire and Bruno Stuyvers.

Program Prizes

Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Mahdis Monjemi, supervised by Dr. Mani Larijani, received the prize for Best Overall Presentation.

Brad Williams, supervised by Dr. Thomas Michalak, received the Best M.Sc. Presenter.

Panagiota Kolypetri, supervised by Dr. George Carayanniotis, received the Best PhD Presenter.

Cancer and Development

Nhu Ho, supervised by Dr. Helene Paradis, received the Mary O’Neill M.Sc. Award.

Phillip Andrews, supervised by Drs. Ken Kao and Cathy Popadiuk, received the Mary Pater PhD Award.

Neuroscience – Golden Synapse

S.M. Mahmudul Hasan, supervised by Dr. Jackie Vanderluit, received the award for the Best Overall Presentation.
Matthew Jeffers, supervised by Dr. Dale Corbett, received the Best M.Sc. Presenter.

Joseph Clarke and Neva Fudge, both supervised by Dr. Karen Mearow, received Best PhD Presenter.

Human Genetics

Amit Neghandhi, supervised by Dr. Sevtap Savas, and Shuo Li, supervised by Dr. Yagang Xie, received M.Sc. Awards.

Mohammed Uddin, supervised by Dr. Proton Rahman, received the PhD Award.

Clinical Epidemiology

Hilary Price, supervised by Dr. Laurie Twells, received the award for highest academic standing.

Robert Porter, supervised by Dr. Gerry Mugford, received the award for second highest academic standing.
 
Travel Awards

The Dean M. Ian Bowmer Graduate Travel Awards went to Justin Oake, supervised by Dr. Shabnam Asghari.

Nathaniel Pollack, supervised by Dr. Shree Mulay, and Yun Zhu, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received Barrowman Travel Awards (Community Health and Humanities).

Hao Wu, supervised by Drs. Victor Maddalena and Peter Wang, received the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Travel  Bursary.

Melody Morton-Ninomiya, supervised by Dr. Fern Brunger, received the award for the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health Summer Institute in June 2011. She also received the St. John’s Regional Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Travel Award in September 2011.

Jing Wang, supervise by Drs. Peter Wang and Yanqing Yi, received the Canadian Association of Gerontology Travel Grant.

Youlian Tzenov, supervised by Dr. Ken Kao, received the International Papillomavirus Society Travel Award.

Distinctions

Sheila Marchant-Short, supervised by Dr. Martha Traverso, received the Eastern Health Quality Care Scholarship for 2011-2012.

Lin Liu, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received a research grant from the Janeway Research Advisory Board.

Kerri Smith, supervised by Dr. Ann Dorward, received the Teal Heart Scholarship.

Mohammed Sarhan, supervised by Dr. Thomas Michalak, received the 2012 Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver Student Award, for the best graduate student research project.

Farrell Cahill and Danny Wadden received a $5,000 external grant from the Janeway Children`s Research Advisory Committee for 2011-2012.

Dr. Peter Wang, Yun Zhu and Dr. Diana Gustafson. Dr. Fern Brunger, Melody Morton-Ninomiya and Justin Oake.
Dr. Peter Wang and Jennifer Woodrow. Farrell Cahill and Dr. Guang Sun
Dr. Ann Dorward and Kerri Smith Dr. Peter Wang and Lin Lui
Dr. Shabnam Asghari and Justin Oake Dr. Peter Wang and Yun Zhu
Kayla Harris, supervised by Drs. Michael Grant and Rod Russell, and Laura Fullerton, supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson, with Dr. Gustafson. Natasha Belanger-Willoughby
Dr. Daniel MacPhee, Noelle Marsh and Sarah Dinn Dr. Yagang Xie, Shuo Li and Dr. Fei-Yu Han
Dr. Barbara Roebothan and Miranda Polgar Mahdis Monajemi, Dr. Mani Larijani, Brad Williams, Dr. George Carayanniotis and Panagiota Kolypetri
Nhu Ho with Drs. Hélène Paradis, Ken Kao, Ann Doward and Cathy Popadiuk Dr. Karen Mearow and Joseph Clarke
Dr. Gerry Mugford, Robert Porter and Dr. LaurieTwells Dr. Peter Wang, Hao Wu and Dr. Victor Maddalena
Dr. Ken Kao and Youlian Tzenov Sheila Marchant-Short and Dr. Martha Traverso-Yepez
Program co-ordinators (from left): Dr. Cathy Donovan, Master of Public Health; Dr. Barbara Roebothan, Community Health and Humanities; Dr. Ann Dorward, Cancer and Development; Dr. Sheila Drover, Immunology and Infectious Diseases; and Dr. Gerry Mugford, Clinical Epidemiology. Unavailable for photo: Dr. Rick Audas, Applied Health Services Research; Dr. John McGuire, Cardiovascular and Renal Sciences; Dr. Sean Murphy, Clinical Epidemiology; Dr. Roger Green, Human Genetics; and Dr. Michiru Hirasawa, Neuroscience. Staff members in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (Medicine): Rhonda Roebotham, Sheri-Lynn Terry, Paula Browne and Amy Carroll.

 


 
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