11 new Banting and Vanier scholarships awarded to uOttawa students

Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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Over $1.6 million in funding will go to innovative research projects conducted at uOttawa, under the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships programs.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program will fund projects investigating the use of a laboratory-designed virus in targeted cancer treatments and the correlation between childhood harassment and the incidence of aggression or victimization in adulthood.

This Government of Canada initiative helps Canadian universities to attract and retain top-notch postdoctoral research talent, both nationally and internationally. This year’s two recipients, from the Faculty of Medicine (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute) and Faculty of Education, will be awarded $70,000 each annually for two years to continue their research and develop their potential as leaders in their respective fields.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

The University of Ottawa’s 2019-2020 cohort of recipients of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships is the largest since 2015. The nine doctoral students come from the Education, Medicine, Science, Social Sciences and Health Sciences faculties.

The Vanier CGS program, created in 2008 by the three federal research granting agencies, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), aims to encourage top-tier doctoral students to develop their academic excellence, research potential and leadership skills and thus contribute to the advancement of the humanities, social sciences, health sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

The Vanier scholarships, which pay $50,000 annually over three years, will allow uOttawa recipients to carry out doctoral research in nanophotonics, human kinetics, and cellular and molecular medicine, as well as in educational psychology, biochemistry, and immigrant integration policies.

“I would like to congratulate the 11 new recipients of these prestigious research scholarships,” said Sylvain Charbonneau, vice-president, research. “This funding will allow these brilliant academics to continue their quest for new knowledge in their respective areas of scientific exploration.”

2019-2020 Banting Postdoctoral fellowships:

Ann Farrell
– Faculty of Education (SSHRC)
MohammadTaha MohammadiAzad – Faculty of Medicine (OHRI) (CIHR)

2019-2020 Vanier Canada Graduate scholarships:

Joshua Baxter
– Faculty of Science (NSERC)
Heather Brittain – Faculty of Education (SSHRC)
Loucia Chehade – Faculty of Medicine (CIHR)
Guillaume Deschênes-Thériault – Faculty of Social Sciences (SSHRC)
Bruna Cristina Falavinha – Faculty of Medicine (CIHR)
Sophie Fobert – Faculty of Social Sciences (SSHRC)
Sara Kramers – Faculty of Health Sciences (SSHRC)
Truc To – Faculty of Medicine (NSERC)
Chinonye Udechukwu – Faculty of Medicine (CIHR)

Learn more on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program.

Learn more on the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program.

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