2013 Graduate Entrance Awards:
Emily Pawlak,Julia Di Bella, Dr. Murray, Joe Zeppa, Dr. DeKoter, Julienne Kaiser (absent)

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Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Awards

 

Frederick W. Luney Entrance Scholarship

Criteria: Awarded to new, full-time Masters or Doctoral students who are registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and enrolled for their first year of studies in the Microbiology & Immunology graduate program, based on academic achievement (minimum 80% academic average). Up to 4 recipients will be selected annually by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology.
Value: Up to $5,000 per award, depending on budgetary constraints. Award is payable over the first two terms.

2006 - Emilty Haggerty, Jaspreet Chahal, Karim Khan, Jennifer Tolman

2007 - Robert Tohn, Hartley Blumenfeld, David Yue, Lisa Mannik

2008 - Saman Maleki Vareki, Biljana Todorovic, Darah Christie, John Cooper

2009 - Johnson Cheung, Ryan Lum-Tai, Rod MacPhee, Matt Rytelewski

2010 - Peter Mitsopoulos, Jenna Kelly, Omar El Halfawy, Jessica Sheldon, Mathias Scinocca

2011 - Kyle McDonald, Kristofer James, Joseph Zeppa, Stacey Xu, Matthew Woods

2012 - Ram Anantha, Megan Enos, Courtney Meilleur

2013 - Julia Di Bella, Julienne Kaiser, Emily Pawlak, Joe Zeppa

Danone Science Award

Annual award given to the student judged to have given the best seminar in the 9200Y / 9250Y student seminar series.

Criteria: The seminars given by the students in the Microbiology & Immunology graduate student seminar program will be judged by the rest of the students enrolled in the course. The award consists of a $500 cheque and the recipient's name on the departmental plaque. It will be presented officially at the beginning of the fall term, during a 9200Y / 9250Y class. This is important as a demonstration of our appreciation of the award and of the support provided by Danone.

 

2010. Johnson Cheung 2011. Kelcey Patterson 2012. Ram Anantha    

 

Microbiology and Immunology Travel Awards

Awarded to a full-time Master or Doctoral students who are registered in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and have been enrolled in the Microbiology & Immunology Graduate Program for a minimum of two terms and are conducting research in Microbiology & Immunology. Awards will be based on academic achievement (minimum 80%) academic average) to enable graduate students to attend scholarly conferences or meetings to present their research. Recipients will be selected by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Applications will be accepted throughout the year. These awards were established by an anonymous donor to attract outstanding full time Masters or Doctoral students to the Department. Students not complying with the minimum requirements for regular advisory committee meetings will be ineligible for internal awards and funding support.
Value: Up to $10,000 annually. Number of awards will vary and value of awards will vary to a maximum of $1,000 per award.

Dr. John Robinson Graduate Scholarship

Dr. John Robinson    Awarded to a student in the second year of the Masters program conducting research in Microbiology in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry based on academic achievement and record of research productivity in the program. Preference will be given to an MSc student who successfully transfers to the PhD program. The Graduate Committee of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology will select the recipient (at least one member must hold representation in the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies). This scholarship was established by Jessica Robinson in memory of her husband, Dr. John Robinson. Value: 1 up to $1,000

 

 

Dr. John Robinson Awardees

2009. Matthew Miller (supervisor L. Hertel) 2010. Johnson Cheung (supervisor D. Heinrichs)
2011. Ian Lobb (supervisor A. Sener)

2012. Joe Zeppa (supervisor J. McCormick)
   

 

John A. Thomas Award

John Thomas    This Award is in the memory of John A. Thomas, D.V.M., Ph.D., who died unexpectedly on December 12, 1993 , at the age of 35. At the time of his death, John was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Western Ontario, London , Ontario , Canada . He received both his undergraduate and professional education in the University of Guelph, Ontario. After a few years in clinical practice as a D.V.M., John began our graduate program in January 1990 as a M.Sc. student and within a year he switched to the Ph.D. program expecting to complete it at the end of 1994. In June 1994, the University recognized John's accomplishments and potential by posthumously awarding him the PhD degree.

    John was a bright and dedicated individual with strong determination and used excellent judgement to carry out his experiments. He was also an enthusiastic and excellent demonstrator in the teaching labs and was very much liked by the students. He performed very well in the graduate courses recommended by his Advisory Thesis Committee and some others he decided to take to update and extend his scientific background. John was also actively involved as a representative of the Department in the Society of Graduate Students. He was also a fun-loving man, a skillful hockey player, and an accomplished singer of popular tunes.

    During his short time in the Graduate Program he brought recognition to both the Department of Microbiology and immunology and the University of Western Ontario . In 1992 he was awarded the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Graduate Student Award for the best presentation at the Annual Meeting. During the course of his training he was supported by a Special University Scholarship of the University of Western Ontario . He was also awarded an Ontario Graduate Student Scholarship that he held at the time of his death. Undoubtedly, John was at a stage in his life where he was ready to take on any challenge, and he had a promising future ahead of him.

Award

    The Award consists of a cash prize of up to $1,000 and a plaque. It will be presented by a member of John's family following a seminar presented by the awardee. Also, a plaque with the name of the awardee and year of the award will be displayed in the Departmental office.

Eligibility

The award is intended for a Ph.D. student during the last stages of the program in the areas of Bacteriology, Virology, Immunology, and Genetics. Ph.D. students from other Departments of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry may apply as long as the research project fits within the above categories.

Applicants should have completed all course requirements and should have passed the Comprehensive Exam or the Ph.D. Candidacy exam.

The following documentation should be forwarded to the Graduate Secretary, Department of Microbiology and Immunology:

  1. Letter of nomination by Supervisor
  2. Updated transcript
  3. One page summary of the research project
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Letter from the Graduate Chair of the corresponding Department supporting the student's application and detailing the student's performance. (For applicants not in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology)

Adjudication

The Departmental Graduate Committee will rank all the applications. The applicant's academic and research records will be evaluated. A member of John's family has agreed to be involved in the process of adjudication of the award.

The Award will be offered every calendar year but need not to be given if a suitable candidate is not found. The application deadline is December 1 of the calendar year.

 

John A. Thomas Awardees

1996. Kishna Kalicharran, Microbiology & Immunology
(supervisor: S. Dales)
Initiation of Replication of Coronavirus in the CNS
1997. Derek Dykxhoorn, Microbiology & Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. T. Linn)
"The regulation of RNA polymerase synthesis in Escherichia coli"
1998. Angela Kennedy, Biochemistry
(supervisor: Dr. D. Haniford)
"Transposable elements: From selfish DNA to the immune systems of higher vertebrates"
1999.   Mark Cameron, Microbiology and Immunology (supervisor: Dr. T. Delovitch)
"Interleukin-4-mediated Prevention of Type I Diabetes in Nonobese Diabetic Mice"
2000. Andrea Weston, Physiology
(supervisor Dr. T. Underhill)
"Mechanisms underlying chondrogenesis and myogenesis: common signaling pathways"
2001. Bruce Seet, Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. G. McFadden)
"How Poxviruses Stop Traffic: studies on poxvirus chemokine-binding proteins"
2002. Kevin Holmes, Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. Dr. G. Dekaban)
"Investigating the role of C-terminal domains in the subcellular distribution of NMDA receptor splice variants "
2003. M. Thomas Sebulsky, Microbiology and Immunology (supervisor: Dr. D. Heinrichs)
"High-Affinity Iron Acquisition by Staphylococcus aureus"
2004. Mark Kirchhof, Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. J. Madrenas)
"The Role of Stomatin-Like Protein 2 in T-cell Activation"
2005. Wendy Teft, Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. J. Madrenas)
"T cell Activation by CTLA-4:  The Flipside of Co-stimulation"
2006. RonFlannagan, Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. M. Valvano)
"Stress management: characterization of Burkholderia cenocepacia stress response genes"
2007. Slade Loutet, Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. M. Valvano)
"Antimicrobial peptide resistance in Burkholderia cenocepacia: implications for drug development"
2008. Fred Beasley, Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. D. Heinrichs)
"Siderophore-mediated iron uptake by the pathogenic bacterium
Staphylococcus aureus"
2009. Andrew Martins, Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. S. Kim)
"The role of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor in the anti-inflammatory effects of probiotics and regulation of the intestinal immune system"
2010. Matthew Miller, Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. J. Mymryk)
"Functional Studies of the Human Adenovirus 55 residue E1A protein"
2011. Biljana Todorovic, Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. J. Mymryk)
"HPV Infection & Cancer – Deregulation of the Retinoblastoma
Tumor Suppressor by HPV E7"
2012. Katie Kasper, Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. J. McCormick)
"Streptococcal superantigens in colonization and disease"
2013. Michael Cohen , Microbiology and Immunology
(supervisor: Dr. J. Mymryk)
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Stephen D. Poland Award

Steve Poland    This award was established by friends of Stephen Poland, a PhD graduate of the Microbiology & Immunology Graduate Program at the University of Western Ontario, who passed away in 2002. The Award consists of a cash prize of up to $1,200 and a plaque. The award will be presented to the outstanding graduating Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral student in any given academic year. The criteria for the award will include academic performance on graduate courses taken during the program, scholarly accomplishments including published articles, conference presentations, awards received, and evaluations of the doctoral thesis and its defense as assessed by members of the Thesis Examining Board.

     No application is required. Adjudication will be based on academic transcripts, the Program copy of the thesis which includes a curriculum vita, and documentation provided through the Faculty of Graduate Studies Collip Award process.

    The Microbiology & Immunology Graduate Studies Committee will determine the award winner from all eligible Doctoral graduates during the academic year. A member of Stephen Poland’s family will be involved in the presentation of the award. The award will be presented each year at the Infection and Immunology Research Fourm (IIRF).

 

Stephen D. Poland Awardees
2003.   Matthew Lefebre (Supervisor: Dr. M. Valvano) 2004.   Nikita Avvakumov   (Supervisor: Dr. J. Mymryk) 
2005.   Jonathan Hill (Dr. E. Cairns & Dr. D. Bell) 2006.   Jennifer Trowbridge (Dr. M. Bhatia)
2007.   Kristin Chadwick (Dr. M. Bhatia)  2008.   Wendy Teft (Dr. Q. Madrenas)
2009.   Mark Kirchhof (Dr. Q. Madrenas)  2010.  Federico Beasley (Dr. D. Heinrichs) 
2011.   Matthew Miller (Dr. J. Mymryk)   

 

Collip Medal Award

 

Collip Medal

Collip Medal 2010

Dr. Mark Kirchhof

 
Dr. J. Madrenas, Dr. M. Kirchhof, Dr. A. Watson

 

Collip Medal Award

The Collip Medal Award was established in 1959 and is presented annually to the outstanding Ph.D. student graduating from one of the basic science programs in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. This award, in the form of a medal, commemorates the contributions to the University of Western Ontario, and to Canadian Biomedical Sciences, of one of the former Deans of Medicine, Dr. J.B. Collip. This award is based on the overall performance of a student during her or his tenure at Western. The award is granted at Spring Convocation.

Criteria:
Selection is based on academic performance as a graduate student, the quality of the thesis and the thesis defense, and the number and quality of publications (accepted for publication or in press).

Eligibility
Doctoral students from a Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry graduate program who graduated either in Fall Convocation of the previous year or will graduate in Spring Convocation of the current year.

Deadline:
Completed nominations must be submitted by the Graduate Chair to the Research Office of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry by the first Monday in May.

Application Procedure
The Graduate Chair nominates one candidate from their program. Nominations should include a copy of the thesis, thesis Form X, University graduate transcripts, copies of publication reprints, and any other relevant supporting material (such as a letter of support from the supervisor) which may aid the Selection Committee in arriving at their decision. Thesis Form X, Evaluation of PhD Candidate For the Collip Medal Award Forms, are completed by members of the candidate’s thesis examining board on the thesis and its defense. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies supplies Form X for the thesis exam and forwards the completed forms for all eligible candidates to each graduate program by mid- April (forms for thesis exams held between mid- April and April 30th will be available by the submission deadline). Please note that if a suitable candidate is not available in a graduate program, a nomination for the Collip medal should not be submitted for consideration.

Adjudication Procedure
The selection committee consisting of the Graduate Chairs of the above mentioned graduate programs and chaired by the Associate Dean, Research (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) will consider the nominees and select the recipient.

Nellie Farthing Fellowship

Drs. Madge and Charles Macklin Fellowship for Teaching & Research

The Drs. Madge and Charles Macklin Fellowship is available to full-time doctoral students in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry that recognizes and rewards excellence in teaching and research. This fellowship was established by a bequest from Margaret Macklin Frewen. Up to two fellowships valued at $3,000 each may be awarded each year depending upon availability of funds.

Criteria: Selection will be based on excellence in teaching and research work. Academic achievement will also be considered, but a candidate's record of teaching and research is of primary importance.

Eligibility: Full-time Doctoral student registered in a Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry graduate program may apply. Candidates must have at least one year remaining for the completion of their degree to be eligible to apply. Although candidates are welcome to apply for the Nellie Farthing Fellowship or the Drs. Madge and Charles Macklin Fellowship for Publication in addition to this fellowship, candidates can only receive one fellowship in any given year.

Deadline: Completed nominations must be submitted by the Graduate Chair to the Graduate Affairs Office of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry by the first Monday in May.

Application Procedure: Candidates must apply with a CV accompanied by a letter of support from their supervisor and any other documentation that would help the committee evaluate the application (e.g. teaching and/or research awards). Arrangements should also be made by the student for a graduate transcript to be sent to their Graduate Program Chair. The Graduate Chair of each relevant graduate program will nominate one candidate for their program and submit the nomination to the Schulich Graduate Affairs Office by the first Monday in May.

Adjudication Procedure: A committee consisting of the chairs of the above mentioned graduate programs and chaired by the Associate Dean, Research (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) will consider the nominees and select the recipient(s).

2009. Katie Kasper (Microbiology & Immunology)
2011. Katie Kasper (Microbiology & Immunology)
2012. Lee Goneau

Drs. Madge and Charles Macklin Fellowship for Publication

The Drs. Madge and Charles Macklin Fellowship is available to 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. This fellowship was established by a bequest from Margaret Macklin Frewen. Up to two fellowships valued at $3,000 each may be awarded each May depending upon availability of funds.

Criteria: Selection will be based on the significance of the publication for the field of research the doctoral student is pursuing. Academic achievement will also be considered, but a candidate's research submission that has been published is of primary importance.

Eligibility: Full-time Doctoral student registered in a Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry graduate program may apply. Candidates must have at least one year remaining for the completion of their degree to be eligible. Although candidates are welcome to apply for the Nellie Farthing Fellowship or the Drs. Madge and Charles Macklin Fellowship for Teaching & Research in addition to this fellowship, candidates can only receive one fellowship in any given year.

Deadline: Completed nominations must be submitted by the Graduate Chair to the Graduate Affairs Office of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry by the first Monday in May.

Application Procedure: Candidates must apply with a copy of their CV and their most significant first author publication accompanied by a letter of support from their supervisor clearly stating the student’s role in the publication. Manuscripts that have been accepted, but are not yet available on-line or as a galley proof, must be submitted with the acceptance letter from the journal. Arrangements should also be made by the student for a graduate transcript to be sent to their Graduate Program Chair. The Graduate Chair of each relevant graduate program will nominate one candidate for their program and submit the nomination to the Schulich Graduate Affairs Office by the first Monday in May.

Adjudication Procedure: A committee consisting of the chairs of the above mentioned graduate programs and chaired by the Associate Dean, Research (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) will consider the nominees and select the recipient(s).


2012. Greg Fonseca

Schulich Ontario Graduate Scholarships

Awarded annually to full-time graduate students in a Masters or Doctoral program at Western who are conducting research in Medicine and are supervised by faculty with appointments in Medicine and who qualify to receive an Ontario Graduate Scholarship or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology. These scholarships were established by Seymour Schulich. Value: 50 at $15,000.00

The Morris Kroll Memorial Scholarship [School of Graduate and Posdoctoral Studies]

Awarded in odd numbered years to a full-time graduate student engaged in the field of cancer research as part of his/her graduate program at The University of Western Ontario. Candidates must possess a degree of Doctor of Medicine (or successor degree) or any Honors degree acceptable to the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Research Office in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry from candidates nominated by Graduate Chairs involved in cancer research, based on academic and research performance. This award is made available by Mr. Franklin Shostack and Dr. Zane Cohen (former UWO students) in memory of Morris Kroll. Value: 1 at $500.0

Deadline: Completed nominations must be submitted by the Graduate Chair to the Graduate Affairs Office of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry by the first Monday in May.

Application Procedure: Candidates must apply with a CV accompanied by a letter of support from their supervisor and any other documentation that would help the committee evaluate the application (e.g. teaching and/or research awards). Arrangements should also be made by the student for a graduate transcript to be sent to their Graduate Program Chair. The Graduate Chair of each relevant graduate program will nominate one candidate for their program and submit the nomination to the Schulich Graduate Affairs Office by the first Monday in May.

Adjudication Procedure: A committee consisting of the chairs of the above mentioned graduate programs and chaired by the Associate Dean, Research (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and Internationalization) will consider the nominees and select the recipient(s).

2007. Ahmed Yousef (Microbiology and Immunology)

Graduate Thesis Research Awards

Funds for this award are provided jointly by the Office of the Vice-President (Research & International Relations) and individual faculties. The purpose of this program is to help support costs of research undertaken by graduate students at The University of Western Ontario that are directly related to the successful completion of their thesis/dissertation requirements.

Applications that offer a clear rationale for the proposed activity, exhibit innovation, and contain a budget explaining fully how the money requested will be spent, will receive preference.
Examples of eligible expenses: travel to undertake research, travel to present a paper at a conference, cost of research supplies, materials and or equipment.
Examples of ineligible expenses: personnel costs, conference registration fees.

2008-2009. Daniel Hynes, Samar Sayedyahossein, David Yue
2009-2010. Samar Sayedyahossein, Sari Kichler
2010-2011. Rachel Ford, Jenna Kelly
2012-2013. Najawa Zebian, Matthew Woods, Ryan Chanyi, Jenna Kelly, Shahab Meshkibaf

Governor General’s Gold Medal

Johnson Cheung, MSc’11, Microbiology and Immunology has been awarded a 2012 Governor General’s Gold Medal for graduate study. Gold Medals are awarded to students who have completed their graduate degree programs with the highest academic standing. Cheung completed his master’s degree with a graduating average of 92%. His achievements in his course work, research and thesis defense were described as “simply brilliant performances.” His supervisor, Dr. David Heinrichs says that Cheung is “the best yet” to have come through his laboratory. Cheung was also the recipient of a prestigious master’s-level NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship from the federal research council to support his first year of study, as well as securing an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in his second year. He has participated in six published research articles, a rare accomplishment for any master’s student, and is the first author on a Molecular Microbiology paper in a leading scientific journal.

The Jonathan & Joshua Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Mr. Robert McKinnon has generously provided funding for a PhD Scholarship in the area of Mental Health research in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time PhD graduate student who is specializing in the neuroscience of mental health disorders and is not already funded by an external award. Value: set annually: maximum $15,000

Deadline: Completed nominations must be submitted by the Graduate Chair to the Graduate Affairs Office of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry by the first Monday in May.

Application Procedure: Candidates must apply with a CV accompanied by a letter of support from their supervisor and any other documentation that would help the committee evaluate the application (e.g. teaching and/or research awards, conferences and presentations, leadership roles and relevant life experience). Arrangements should also be made by the student for a graduate transcript to be sent to their Graduate Program Chair. The Graduate Chair of each relevant graduate program will nominate one candidate for their program and submit the nomination to the Schulich Graduate Affairs Office by the first Monday in May.

Adjudication Procedure: A committee consisting of the chairs of the above mentioned graduate programs and chaired by the Associate Dean, Research (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and Internationalization) will consider the nominees and select the recipient(s).

Cobban Student Award in Heart and Stroke Research

The award was established by Audrey and Delmar Cobban and matched by Robarts Research Institute. Awarded to a full-time Doctoral Student who is working with a Robarts Research Institute scientist and conducting research in the area of heart and stroke disease and is registered in one of the following graduate programs in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry: Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Medical Biophysics, Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology, Physiology & Pharmacology and Neuroscience. Value: 1 at $1500.

Criteria: Selection will be based on excellence in research. Academic achievement will also be considered, but a candidate’s record of research is of primary importance.

Eligibility: Doctoral candidates must have at least one year remaining for the completion of their degree to be eligible to apply. (Doctoral candidates are funding eligible up to a maximum of twelve terms unless they are a transfer student or direct entry student, who can receive funding up to fifteen consecutive full-time terms).

Deadline: Completed nominations must be submitted by the Graduate Chair to the Graduate Affairs Office of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry by the first Monday in May.

Application Procedure: Candidates must apply with a CV giving a full description of their record of research, as indicated by published papers, posters and presentations at meetings, conference awards, etc. Arrangements should also be made for transcripts outside of Western University to be sent to their Graduate Program Chair, as well as a confidential letter of support from their supervisor. The Graduate Chair of each relevant graduate program will nominate one candidate for their program and submit the nomination to the Schulich Graduate Affairs Office by the first Monday in May.

Adjudication Procedure: A committee consisting of the chairs of the above mentioned graduate programs and chaired by the Associate Dean, Research (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) will consider the nominees and select the recipient(s).

Roche Award (now retired)

Criteria: Annual award given to the student judged to have given the best seminar in the 9200Y / 9250Y student seminar series. The seminars given by the students in the Microbiology & Immunology graduate student seminar program will be judged by the rest of the students enrolled in the course. The award consists of a $500 cheque and the recipient's name on the departmental plaque, it will be presented officially at the beginning of the fall term, during a 9200Y / 9250Y class and in the presence of a Roche Diagnostics representative. This is important as a demonstration of our appreciation of the award and of the continuing support provided by Roche.

2000-2001. Matt Lefebre 2005-2006. Jailal Ablack
2001-2002. Bruce Seet 2006-2007. Siobhan Ramcharran
2002-2003. Jennifer Trowbridge 2007-2008. Matthew Miller
2003-2004. Suzanne Dale 2008-2009. Jenna Kelly
2004-2005. Mark Kirchhof 2009-2010. Johnson Cheung

 

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