News at Medicine - May 2008 - Awards ceremony for grad students


Awards ceremony for grad students
May 6, 2008
The 2008 Recognition Luncheon for Graduate Student Achievements in the Faculty of Medicine took place May 1. This ceremony recognized some of the many awards received by the 250 graduate students in the faculty over the past year.
 
The Colman PhD Award went to Christopher Butt, a student in the human genetics graduate program. His supervisors are Drs. Proton Rahman and Yagang Xie.

The Burness M.Sc. Award went to Thasin Islam, a master’s student in the cancer research program. Her supervisors are Drs. Robert Gendron and Hélène Paradis.

Deans’ Fellowships were awarded to four students. PhD candidate Kathy Watkins, supervised by Dr. Christine Way, is in the clinical epidemiology graduate program. The following M.Sc. students also received Deans’ Fellowships: Laura Edward, supervised by Dr. Michael Woods, in the human genetics graduate program; Jaclyn Clements, supervised by Dr. Laura Gillespie, in the cancer research graduate program; and Chris Corkum, supervised by Dr. Sheila Drover, in the immunology and infectious diseases graduate program.

The Student Volunteer of the Year Award, from the Student Volunteer Bureau of Memorial University, went to M.Sc. student Rebecca Daniels, supervised by Dr. Bruno Stuyvers.

The following students were Fellows of the School of Graduate Studies: Deborah Gregory, supervised by Drs. Pat Parfrey and Christine Way; Yudan Liu, supervised by Dr. Xihua Chen; Michelle Quinlan, supervised by Dr. Michiru Hirasawa; Sherri Rankin, supervised by Dr. Karen Mearow; Jennifer Thornhill, supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson; Laurie Twells, supervised by Dr. Brendan Barrett; Nicole Whittle, supervised by Dr. Sheila Drover; and Katrin Zipperlen, supervised by Drs. Proton Rahman and Vernon Richardson. Ms. Whittle was also the winner of last year’s Governor General’s Award for the best M.Sc. thesis.

Dr. Sylvia Reitmanova, supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson, was the recipient of the Women’s Association of Memorial University of Newfoundland Graduate Student Scholarship and the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research Rising Star Award.

Dr. Deborah Gregory, supervised by Drs. Pat Parfrey and Christine Way, received a thesis distinction.

Comprehensive Exam Distinctions went to Christopher Butt, supervised by Drs. Proton Rahman and Yagang Xie; Susan Stuckless, supervised by Dr. Pat Parfrey; and Trina Kirby, supervised by Dr. Daniel MacPhee.

Krista Hewlett, supervised by Dr. Dale Corbett, received a Focus on Stroke Doctoral Research Award.

Kathy Watkins, supervised by Dr. Christine Way, received the 2006-2007 CIHR Studentship Competition Awards: Mount Sinai Hospital-Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute.

Josh Squires, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received the 2007-2009 CIHR-IHRT Studentship Award: Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Elizabeth Dicks, supervised by Dr. Daryl Pullman, received a 2007 CIHR Post-Doctoral Training Award.

The following students received awards from the Natural Sciences Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Amanda Parsons, supervised by Dr. Gary Paterno, received a M.Sc. postgraduate scholarship. Robert Trask, supervised by Dr. Michiru Hirasawa, received a PhD postgraduate scholarship. Jennifer Shea, supervised by Dr. Guang Sun, received a postgraduate scholarship-doctoral scholarship.


In the Immunology and Infectious Diseases Program, the following program prizes were awarded. Shashi Gujar, supervised by Dr. Thomas Michalak, received the PhD award. Stephen Penney, supervised by Dr. Michael Grant, received the M.Sc. award. This year’s Zetta Tsaltas Award went to Matthew S. Parsons, supervised by Dr. Michael Grant. This award is one of two established by the Greek community in Newfoundland and Labrador to honour the memory of Dr. Zetta Tsaltas, who died in a car accident in Greece in 1995. She came to Canada from Greece in 1974 and earned a PhD in immunology from Memorial University in 1994.

Neuroscience Golden Synapse Awards were awarded to three students. Sherri Rankin, supervised by Dr. Karen Mearow, placed best overall. Jared Clarke, supervised by Dr. Dale Corbett, won for best PhD. Melissa Christie-Fougere, supervised by Dr. John McLean, won for best M.Sc.

The following travel awards were received by graduate students. Matt P. Parsons, supervised by Dr. Michiru Hirasawa, and Sonya MacParland, supervised by Dr. Thomas Michalak, received travel awards for the 2007 CIHR National Health Research Poster Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mr. Parsons received the Silver Poster Award at this competition.

The Barrowman Travel Award (Community Health and Humanities) for 2006-2007 went to Kim Bonia, supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson. The 2007-2009 Barrowman Travel Award went to Dr. Sylvia Reitmanova, supervised by Dr. Gustafson.

Other distinctions recognized at the Awards Luncheon went to Zhuoyu Sun, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, Community Health and Humanities, recipient of the NLCAHR 2007 Master’s Fellowship. Valerie Penton, a master’s student in Applied Health Services Research, supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson, received the 2007 Affinity NL (Ottawa) Scholarship.


Christopher Butt, left, received the Colman PhD Award, presented by Dean James Rourke.

Thasin Islam, left, received the Burness M.Sc. Award, presented by Dr. Don McKay, associate dean of research and graduate studies.

Dean's Fellowship award winners and supervisors (from left): Jaclyn Clements, Dr. Sheila Drover, Dr. Don McKay, Chris Corkum, Dr. Mike Woods, Laura Edwards, Dr. Christine Way, Kathy Watkins, and Dean James Rourke.

Student Volunteer of the Year Rebecca Daniels, left, and supervisor Dr. Bruno Stuyvers.

Fellows of the School of Graduate studies and supervisors (from left): Yudan Liu, Dr. Xihua Chen, Dr. Karen Mearow, Sherri Rankin, Dr. Vernov Richardson, Dr. Proton Rahman, Katrin Zipperlen, Dr. Sheila Drover, Nicole Whittle, Laurie Twells, Dr. Christine Way, Dr. Deborah Gregory and Dr. Diana Gustafson.

Nicole Whittle, right, last year’s winner of the Governor General’s Awards for best thesis based M.Sc., and supervisor Dr. Sheila Drover.

Dr. Sylvia Reitmanova, right, winner of the Women’s Association of Memorial University of Newfoundland Graduate Student Scholarship and the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research Rising Star Award, and supervisor Dr. Diana Gustafson.

Dr. Deborah Gregory, right, was awarded a thesis distinction. Dr. Christine Way, left, supervised her with Dr. Patrick Parfrey.

Comprehensive examination distinction award winners and supervisors (from left): Dr. Yagang Xie, Dr. Proton Rahman, Christopher Butt, Trina Kirby, and Dr. Daniel MacPhee.

National and CIHr award winners and supervisors (from left): Dr. Peter Wang, Dr. Dale Corbett, Krista Hewlett, Dr. Christine Way, Kathy Watkins, Dr. Sylvia Reitmanova and Dr. Diana Gustafson.

NSERC award winners and supervisors (from left): Dr. Gary Paterno, Amanda Parsons, Dr. Guang Sun and Jennifer Shea.

Stephen Penney (centre) won the M.Sc. program prize in immunology infectious diseases. His supervisor was Dr. Michael Grant, and Dr. Thomas Michalak presented the award.

This year’s winner of the Zetta Tsaltas Award was Matthew S. Parsons (centre), supervised by Dr. Michael Grant (left). The award was presented on behalf of the Greek community of Newfoundland and Labrador by Dr. George Miminis.

Travel Awards were received by Sonja MacParland (second from left), supervised by Dr. Thomas Michalak, and Dr. Sylvia Reitmanova (second from right), supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson.

Sherri Rankin (centre) received the best overall Neuroscience Golden Synapse Award. Her supervisor is Dr. Karen Mearow (left) and the award was presented by Dr. John McLean.

Jared Clarke (centre), supervised by Dr. Dale Corbett (left) received the Best PhD Neuroscience Golden Synapse Award, presented by Dr. John McLean.

Graduate Studies Committee members include (from left): Dr. Thomas Michalak, Darlene Abbott of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. John McLean, Dr. Anne Kearney, Dr. Karen Mearow, Dr. John Smeda, Dr. Don McKay, Jared Clarke, Dr. Cathy Donovan, Dr. Gerry Mugford and Dr. Diana Gustafson.