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Awards, Prizes & Studentships

Awards recognizing academic achievement

Douglas Russell Memorial Book Prize

Douglas Russell was a longtime member of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. In his memory, the department has established a prize to be awarded to the student with the highest standing in BIOC2300, a course which owes its existence in large part to his efforts.

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Kilmer Macmillan Memorial Book Prize

This prize is awarded to the science student who attains the highest aggregate mark in Biochemistry's third year courses, BIOC - 3300, 3400, & 3700.

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Peter Dolphin Memorial Prize in Biochemistry

In memory of Dr. Peter Dolphin, this prize is awarded annually to the fourth year student who is judged to have the best overall performance in the honours research project (BIOC 4604/4605).

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Ron Hayes and Dixie Pelluet Bursary in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

This bursary is to honour the memory of Ron Hayes and Dixie Pelluet by providing an annual bursary to a student enrolled in a BSc program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Eligible recipients will have completed at least one year of study in their undergraduate program at Dalhousie. The bursary recognizes both academic excellence and financial need. Apply through the general online bursary program. Deadline: October 15.


Awards recognizing student achievement, non-monetary

Dr. L. B. Macpherson Award in Medical Biochemistry

The purpose of the award is to recognize an undergraduate student who has shown the greatest competency in the biochemistry component of the undergraduate medical curriculum. Dr. Macpherson taught biochemistry at Dalhousie University for sixteen years and played a major role in the development of the Medical School.

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Society of Chemical Industry Student Merit Award

This award (an engraved plaque) may be made to the honours graduate in Biochemistry with the highest standing in the final year. A minimum of 75% is required.

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University Medal in Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology offers a medal to the top First Class Honours graduate in the Biochemistry program. The awardee will be the one who has attained the high scholastic standard of the department.

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Summer studentships and award competitions

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) Atlantic Region Studentship

"Undergraduate Students, Medical Residents or students registered in a Graduate Program at any university in Atlantic Canada commencing the following September who are interested in working in the field of breast cancer research are invited to apply for a Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Atlantic Region Studentship Award. This year, 8 awards of $6,500 each are available for students taking part in breast cancer related research projects in disciplines including, but not limited to: basic sciences, informatics, epidemiology, outcomes, socio-behavioural and clinical training."

Potential research supervisors and their research areas:

Langelaan, D.N. Structural biology, protein assembly and protein engineering
Marignani, P. A. Tumour suppressors, Cancer metabolism, Metabolome wide analysis, Signal Transduction, Animal models of human disease, Pre-clinical drug studies, Drug discovery, Whole genome manipulation, Stem cell biology, Epigenetic marks.
Ro, H.-S. Role of chronic inflammation in cancer and metabolic diseases
Too, C. K. L. Polypeptide and Steroid Hormone Action: Tumor Growth/Apoptosis

CCNS Norah Stephen Oncology Scholar Awards

"Undergraduate Students, Medical Residents or students registered in a Graduate Program in Nova Scotia commencing the following September are invited to apply for a Norah Stephen Oncology Scholar Award funded by Cancer Care Nova Scotia (CCNS). These student research awards are designed to foster an interest in the field of oncology. Each year, a number of awards, each valued at $6,500, are presented to students taking part in cancer-related research or clinical training and experience projects."

Potential research supervisors and their research areas:

Bearne, S. L. Enzyme Catalysis and Chemical Biology
Dellaire, G. Nuclear structure and cancer biology; chemotherapy resistance and cancer biomarkers; CRISPR genome engineering; the role of nuclear organization in DNA repair, tumour suppression, and cell cycle control; genome instability and pre-mRNA splicing; zebrafish as a novel animal tumour model.
Langelaan, D.N. Structural biology, protein assembly and protein engineering
Marignani, P. A. Tumour suppressors, Cancer metabolism, Metabolome wide analysis, Signal Transduction, Animal models of human disease, Pre-clinical drug studies, Drug discovery, Whole genome manipulation, Stem cell biology, Epigenetic marks.
Ro, H.-S. Role of chronic inflammation in cancer and metabolic diseases
Singer, R. A. Yeast Chromatin and Membrane Dynamics
Too, C. K. L. Polypeptide and Steroid Hormone Action: Tumor Growth/Apoptosis

CIHR Training Award

If you are in your last year of undergraduate study, you might consider competing for this award with Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Applications are received by the department and then forwarded to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. An official transcript for inclusion with the application package is required. Last years deadline was in December.

Potential research supervisors and their research areas:

Archibald, J. M. Genome Evolution, Endosymbiosis, Molecular Phylogeny
Dellaire, G. Nuclear structure and cancer biology; chemotherapy resistance and cancer biomarkers; CRISPR genome engineering; the role of nuclear organization in DNA repair, tumour suppression, and cell cycle control; genome instability and pre-mRNA splicing; zebrafish as a novel animal tumour model.
Kienesberger, P. C. My research focuses on understanding molecular mechanisms of metabolic disorders. Specifically, I am investigating the role of lipid metabolism and signalling in the development of obesity and diabetes-related comorbidities.
Langelaan, D.N. Structural biology, protein assembly and protein engineering
Marignani, P. A. Tumour suppressors, Cancer metabolism, Metabolome wide analysis, Signal Transduction, Animal models of human disease, Pre-clinical drug studies, Drug discovery, Whole genome manipulation, Stem cell biology, Epigenetic marks.
Rainey, J. K. Structural Biology and Biophysical Characterization of Proteins
Slamovits, C. H. Molecular biology and evolution of microbial eukaryotes

Dalhousie Cancer Awareness and Research Society Summer Studentship

"Undergraduate students currently enrolled at Dalhousie University and interested in pursuing cancer research in the summer are invited to apply for the Dalhousie Cancer Awareness and Research Society Summer Studentship. This is an award funded through the hard work of a group of dedicated students and the generous support of the local community."

Joyce Kennedy Adult Learner Award

This award is open to mature students studying full or part-time towards an undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate. These adult learners are presented with a plaque and are acknowledged at a reception during the Atlantic Provinces Association for Continuing University Education (APACUE) annual Forum and AGM. Annual deadline is October 31st.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (URSA)

This award provides financial support to work in a biochemistry research lab for 16 weeks over the summer. Generally, this award last year had a competitive GPA of 3.9 or greater. Application deadline for our department is Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Applicants choose a research area or two of interest by perusing relevant faculty in our department. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) guidelines specify that a successful studentship application include a sponsoring NSERC supervisor. Contact the faculty well in advance of the application deadline to request the endorsement you require. Students need to complete Form 202 (Part I), principle investigators need to complete Form 202 (Part II).

Barb Bigelow, URSA Biochemistry Contact
902-494-6436
barbara.bigelow@dal.ca
Office: Tupper 9-B1

Potential research supervisors and their research areas:

Archibald, J. M. Genome Evolution, Endosymbiosis, Molecular Phylogeny
Bearne, S. L. Enzyme Catalysis and Chemical Biology
Dellaire, G. Nuclear structure and cancer biology; chemotherapy resistance and cancer biomarkers; CRISPR genome engineering; the role of nuclear organization in DNA repair, tumour suppression, and cell cycle control; genome instability and pre-mRNA splicing; zebrafish as a novel animal tumour model.
Dobson, M. J. Yeast and Mammalian Molecular Genetics
Duncan, R. Protein-mediated cell-cell membrane fusion during viral infections and muscle cell differentiation; viral fusion protein structure and function; cellular pathways involved in cell-cell fusion; exosomes and nonenveloped virus transmission; oncolytic viruses for tumour therapy.
Karten, B. Cholesterol Metabolism in the Brain, intracellular cholesterol trafficking, mitochondrial cholesterol
Kienesberger, P. C. My research focuses on understanding molecular mechanisms of metabolic disorders. Specifically, I am investigating the role of lipid metabolism and signalling in the development of obesity and diabetes-related comorbidities.
Langelaan, D.N. Structural biology, protein assembly and protein engineering
Liu, P. X.-Q. Intein and Protein Splicing
Rainey, J. K. Structural Biology and Biophysical Characterization of Proteins
Roger, A. J. Genome, Organelle and Protein Evolution
Slamovits, C. H. Molecular biology and evolution of microbial eukaryotes